Briefs, February 15, 2013

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 February, 2013, 4:53am

Researchers find new species of owl

JAKARTA - Researchers in Indonesia unwittingly identified a new species of owl believed to be unique to the country, raising hopes of further new bird discoveries, a scientist said. The brown-and-white Rinjani Scops owl was first spotted in 2003 on the island of Lombok, while researchers were looking for another nocturnal bird. It has now been formally identified by four scientists in the online Plos One journal. Prior to that, the bird had been mistaken for the related Moluccan Scops owl, found in the Maluku Islands in central Indonesia. AFP

Guantanamo Uygur goes missing in Palau

TOKYO - One of six Uygur men sent to the tiny island of Palau after being released from the Guantanamo Bay military prison four years ago has gone missing, the deputy chief of staff to Palau's president said. Adel Noori has been missing since late last year. He had no passport and it was unclear where he went. The Palaun government has just learned of his disappearance and is investigating. The six were resettled to the South Pacific nation in 2009 after a judge ordered their release from Guantanamo, where they were imprisoned for about eight years for allegedly having ties to terrorist organisations. AP

Sitar star says she was sexually abused

NEW DELHI - The daughter of legendary Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar said in a video released for a global women's-rights campaign that she had been sexually abused as a child by a family acquaintance. Anoushka Shankar, herself a famed sitar player who used to play with her late father, said she had decided to go public in support of the One Billion Rising campaign against violence against women. She dedicated her message to an Indian student who was gang-raped in a bus by six drunken men on December 16 in New Delhi, and later died in hospital. AFP

President's son quits over truancy scandal

JAKARTA - The son of Indonesia's president has resigned from Parliament following criticism over his absence at a recent plenary session of the house. Edhie Baskoro announced his resignation two days after being caught on camera signing an attendance form, then skipping the session. The 32-year-old lawmaker argued he missed the session because he was busy preparing for a national meeting of the ruling Democratic Party, which is led by his father, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. AP