Briefs, February 8, 2013

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 February, 2013, 5:08am

Ayatollah rejects offer of talks from Biden

DUBAI - Iran's highest authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, yesterday rejected an offer of direct talks made by US Vice-President Joe Biden. "Talks will not solve any problems," Khamenei said in a statement after a meeting with air force commanders. "You are holding a gun against Iran saying, 'Talks or you'll fire.' The Iranian nation will not be frightened by such threats," he added. Reuters


Libya ordered to hand over former spy chief

AMSTERDAM - International Criminal Court judges ordered Libya to hand over Muammar Gaddafi's former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi and let him see his lawyer. The statement placed the Hague-based court on a collision course with Libya's new rulers, who say Gaddafi-era leaders in their custody should face local justice over charges of mass killings and other atrocities. Reuters


King's son-in-law faces having assets frozen

MADRID - Spanish King Juan Carlos' son-in-law faced having his assets frozen after he failed to pay bail in a corruption case that has rocked the monarchy. Inaki Urdangarin and former associate Diego Torres Perez had until the end of Wednesday to jointly pay €8.2 million (HK$86 million) as ordered by a court. But the Palma court said since the bail had not been paid, it would order the men to draw up a list of assets with an equivalent worth that would be frozen. AFP


Mother burned alive for 'sorcery killing'

SYDNEY - A young mother accused of sorcery was stripped naked, doused with petrol and burned alive in front of a crowd including schoolchildren in Papua New Guinea. According to local media reports, she was torched by villagers who claimed she killed a six-year-old boy through sorcery, with police outnumbered by onlookers and unable to intervene. AFP


1865 baseball card is sold for US$92,000

BIDDEFORD, United States - A rare 148-year-old baseball card found at a rummage sale has been auctioned for US$92,000 in Biddeford, in the state of Maine. The card isn't the same as a modern-day baseball card, but an original photograph from 1865 mounted on a card, showing nine players and a manager belonging to a team called the Brooklyn Atlantics. AP