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Briefs, February 13, 2013

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 February, 2013, 7:40am
 

Manila airport upgrade to improve tourism

MANILA - The Philippine government has released US$45 million to spruce up its newest airport terminal in a bid to boost tourism. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said yesterday that the completion and upgrade of Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport will ease traffic on the 32-year-old Terminal 1. Terminal 3, which opened in 2008, is already operating over its capacity, with 13.8 million passengers last year, more than 800,000 over its capacity. AP

 

Leaked tape implicates prosecutor in graft trial

NEW DELHI - Indian police have removed a key prosecutor in the country's biggest corruption trial after he was allegedly heard on a leaked tape discussing courtroom strategy with the accused. In a tape aired by India's CNN-IBN news channel, public prosecutor A.K. Singh is heard telling Sanjay Chandra, one of the accused in the case relating to the sale of telecom licences in 2008, that he was "acting only to save you". AFP

 

Japan train mounts platform, injuring 16

TOKYO - A passenger train hit a truck at a level crossing in Japan, with footage and reports from the scene showing it had mounted a station platform. A picture published by the Yomiuri Shimbun showed a carriage half-on a platform in Hyogo prefecture. A spokesman for the local police said the injury toll of 16 may rise. AFP

 

Suu Kyi offers to help end ethnic conflict

YANGON - Myanmar's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has offered to help negotiate an end to conflicts between the government and the country's ethnic minority groups. Suu Kyi made the offer in a videotaped speech on Union Day, which marks the day her late father signed a 1947 agreement with leaders of the country's ethnic minorities. AP

 

Australia to be sued for illegal detention

JAKARTA - Twenty-three Indonesian youths plan to sue Australia for illegal detention after being jailed in adult prisons for people-smuggling when they were minors, a child rights agency said. Australian authorities detained the boys as adults between 2008 and 2011, following wrist X-ray tests to determine they were over 18 years old - a method which has been criticised by some experts as outdated and unreliable. AFP

 

Woman arrested over brothel for the elderly

TOKYO - A Japanese woman has been arrested for allegedly running brothels for the elderly. Risako Yokota, 53, was arrested last week for allegedly violating an anti-prostitution law in Tokyo. Broadcaster NTV said 10 women aged in their 40s to 70s were working in one of Yokota's brothels. AFP

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