Briefs, January 7, 2013

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 January, 2013, 4:42am

Claims of political clean-up on Thai soap

BANGKOK - A Thai soap opera has become the latest victim of the country's bitter divisions, the opposition party said, claiming the prime-time show was axed after "political interference". Drama Nuer Mek 2 ( Above the Clouds) was abruptly pulled off air by privately owned Channel 3 because of "inappropriate content", sparking a flurry of protest on social media as the government denied it was behind the decision. Chavanond Intarakomalyasut of the opposition Democrat party suggested it was "banned because of its themes of corruption". AFP


Police kill 13 in Philippines shootout

MANILA - Police in the Philippines killed 13 members of a criminal gang in a shootout, as calls increased for stricter gun controls. The battle erupted after the gunmen in two vehicles tried to smash through a police checkpoint near the town of Atimonan. Police said a senior officer was wounded. AFP


Hundreds protest at rape of Nepalese maid

KATHMANDU - Hundreds of Nepalese have protested for a 10th day over the alleged rape and robbery of a maid by government officials. Demonstrators who began picketing the residence of prime minister Baburam Bhattarai in Kathmandu on December 28, demanding action, staged a street drama depicting the abuse which involved an official and policeman at Kathmandu airport. AFP