Briefs, January 17, 2013

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 2:19am

Pakistan protests over Indian 'warmongering'

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan accused India of "warmongering" and lodged a protest after another soldier was killed in disputed Kashmir in a flare-up that threatens to derail peace negotiations. Diplomats on both sides have warned against allowing a spate of deadly cross-border incidents to wreck progress made since a total break in relations following the 2008 attacks on Mumbai. Pakistan reported another of its soldiers was killed on Tuesday in "unprovoked" firing across the border, bringing the toll on both sides to five since January 6. AFP


UN allowed to visit Thai migrant camps

BANGKOK - The UN's refugee arm said it had permission from Thailand to access some 850 people, many thought to be from Myanmar's Rohingya minority, held after raids on hidden camps in southern Thailand. Hundreds of migrants have been arrested in the past week in rubber plantations near the border with Malaysia, leading the UNHCR to seek to confirm whether any of them plan to seek asylum. AFP


Kenyan ivory seizure linked to Hong Kong

MOMBASA - Officials seized 638 pieces of illegal elephant ivory estimated to be worth US$1.2 million at Kenya's main port. The ivory was in a container destined for Indonesia, and officials' suspicions were raised because shipping documents were similar to ones for a container of ivory seized in Hong Kong earlier this month. AP


Ex-Khmer Rouge head too sick to stand trial

PHNOM PENH - The former head of state of Cambodia's notorious Khmer Rouge regime, now facing trial for crimes against humanity, has been sent to hospital. Khieu Samphan is the second defendant in the case to fall ill this week. Tribunal spokesman Lars Olsen said the 81-year-old was suffering fatigue and shortness of breath. Co-defendant Nuon Chea is also being treated, for acute bronchitis, causing a temporary suspension of the trial. AP