Briefs, December 3, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 December, 2012, 4:27am

Briton to face murder charges in Thailand

BANGKOK - A British man wanted on suspicion of murdering a former US marine has arrived in the resort town of Phuket for trial in what Thai police said was the first extradition of a criminal suspect from Britain to Thailand. Lee Aldhouse, now 29, was arrested when he arrived at London's Heathrow Airport after fleeing Thailand in 2010. Police said Aldhouse allegedly stabbed Dashawn Longfellow, 23, in August 2010 after being beaten by the ex-marine during a brawl at a Phuket bar. Aldhouse was a semi-professional kickboxer who had been living for several years in Phuket. AP


Singapore deports striking bus drivers

SINGAPORE - Singapore deported 29 mainland Chinese bus drivers involved in the city state's first industrial strike in 26 years. The SMRT drivers staged the strike last Monday and Tuesday over a salary dispute and to demand better working conditions. Their work permits were revoked ahead of the deportations. Chinese embassy officials and SMRT staff assisted in the repatriation. Four other drivers were charged and authorities will lodge charges against a fifth one today over the work stoppage, ruled illegal by the government. AFP


Alcohol restrictions for Okinawa's US forces

TOKYO - US troops on Okinawa have been banned from drinking off base following a spate of crimes including the alleged rape of a Japanese woman, a report said. Alcohol is now off limits for all American military personnel at any hour of the day or night at restaurants and friends' homes anywhere other than on their base, Kyodo News quoted US military officials as saying. The only exception is drinking in their own homes. Bases are also officially dry between 10pm and 8am, Kyodo quoted the American officials as saying. AFP