Briefs, December 28, 2012

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 December, 2012, 2:14am

Battle to save rape victim after airlift

SINGAPORE - Doctors in Singapore battled yesterday to save the life of an Indian student horrifically injured in a gang-rape after she was dramatically airlifted overnight from a hospital in New Delhi. Medics at Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital described her condition in the intensive care unit as "extremely critical". The Indian government, which is paying for the 23-year-old woman's treatment, approved the decision to transfer her from Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital where she had been treated since the December 16 assault on a bus in the centre of the capital. AFP


Philippines to boost forces with helicopters

MANILA - The Philippines said it would buy three naval helicopters from an Anglo-Italian manufacturer as part of its military modernisation programme amid a territorial dispute with China. The three AW 109 helicopters from AgustaWestland will be acquired for US$32.5 million under an emergency procurement programme. Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the purchases showed the armed forces were demonstrating their intent to "secure the sovereignty of the state and the integrity of the national territory". AFP


Pakistan Taliban seize 22 paramilitary troops

PESHAWAR - The Pakistani Taliban have seized at least 22 men from a regional paramilitary force in attacks on three checkpoints in northern Pakistan. Taliban and other Pakistani sources put the number higher. The raids close to the provincial capital of Peshawar follow two high-profile attacks in the city this month, underlining the Taliban's willingness to take on the Pakistani state amid speculation of growing divisions among the senior Talibani leadership. Reuters