Lee Kuan Yew

Briefs, February 17, 2013

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 February, 2013, 6:22am

Sri Lanka rescues Myanmar boatpeople

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's navy yesterday rescued 38 Myanmar nationals who were drifting off the island's east coast, the second batch of boatpeople to be saved in as many weeks. Sri Lankan naval craft, responding to a distress call, plucked the 38 people from a rickety boat drifting about 400 kilometres off the east coast. Four of those rescued needed treatment for dehydration. They were being taken to the southern port of Galle. AFP


Lee Kuan Yew has heart problem

SINGAPORE - Former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is recovering in hospital after suffering from an irregular heartbeat. Lee, 89, would remain at Singapore General Hospital for a few days, his son, current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, said. The problem happens when blood flow to a part of the brain stops briefly, according to an official, adding that a person who suffers from this "will have stroke-like symptoms which clear in less than 24 hours". AFP


Myanmar not free of rights abuses: envoy

YANGON - Human rights abuses are still occurring in Myanmar despite reforms by the quasi-civilian government, a UN rights envoy said, singling out arbitrary arrest and torture of alleged ethnic Kachin rebels. Tomas Ojea Quintana, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, was speaking at the end of a five-day mission to the country. Reuters


Strike hits Kashmir after curfew lifted

SRINAGAR, India - A curfew imposed in Indian Kashmir after the execution of a separatist convicted over a 2001 attack on parliament was lifted but a general strike against the hanging has paralysed the region. Authorities declared the curfew to contain unrest after the execution of Mohammed Afzal Guru. But as the curfew ended, separatist groups opposed to Indian rule in the Muslim-majority region announced a two-day strike. AFP


47 killed in Pakistan bomb targeting Shiites

QUETTA, Pakistan - A remote-controlled bomb targeting Shiite Muslims killed 47 people including women and children and wounded more than 200 in Pakistan's insurgency-hit southwest. The bomb exploded in Hazara, an area dominated by Shiites on the outskirts of Quetta, capital of oil and gas-rich Baluchistan province. AFP


Protest balloons floated into N Korea

IMJINGAK, South Korea - North Korean defectors in the South floated 200,000 anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border to mark the anniversary of the birth of the North's previous leader, Kim Jong-il. The balloons carried leaflets across the western border town of Imjingak. AFP