Briefs, December 14, 2012
Kenji Fujimoto was accepted into Kim Jong-il's inner circle during a 13-year stint serving North Korea's first family. The Japanese sushi chef gives Julian Ryall his take on the communist dynasty'...
Planning chief killed in robbery explosion
A suspect was arrested by police after detonating an explosive device during a robbery attempt at a government dormitory building in Liuzhou, Guangxi province, yesterday, killing the city's chief planner and injuring his wife. The official, He Bin, had tried to fight off the suspect when the device went off, according to China News Services. Police said that they found a toy gun and a knife on the suspect. Stephen Chen and Laura Zhou
Taiwan to consider ban on mainland passports
Taiwan will discuss whether to deny entry to holders of new mainland Chinese passports that feature maps showing two of the island's most famous beauty spots, a top official said. Wang Yu-chi, chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, the China policy-making body, told parliament that relevant government units will review the matter within a week. AFP