Asia Briefs: N. Korean show cancelled over scene with missiles?

N. Korean show cancelled over scene with missiles?

SEOUL • Disputes over a background scene flaunting North Korean missiles sparked the cancellation of a rare performance by a popular North Korean pop group in Beijing last week, a news report said.

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo daily quoted a South Korean official as saying the Moranbong band decided to return home rather than yield to Chinese pressure to stop projecting the scene.

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3 sets of candidates for Taiwan presidential polls

TAIPEI • Taiwan's election commission yesterday formally announced three pairs of candidates running for the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Eric Chu and his running mate Wang Ju-hsuan will represent the ruling Kuomintang while the other pairs are Ms Tsai Ing-wen of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party and her running mate Chen Chien-jen, as well as Mr James Soong of the People First Party and Ms Hsu Hsin-ying.

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Indian cops bust suspected Al-Qaeda unit

NEW DELHI • Delhi police have busted a suspected Al-Qaeda cell and nabbed a founder member of the group's India wing, officials said. Police said they had arrested Mohammed Asif, 41, who allegedly led the group's recruitment and training wing in India and was a founder member of Al-Qaeda on the subcontinent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 19, 2015, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe