North Korean missile launch ' fails'
SEOUL • North Korea attempted to fire a missile from its east coast early yesterday but the launch appeared to have failed, South Korean military officials told Reuters.
The launch attempt took place at around 5.20am Seoul time, said the officials, who asked not to be identified.
Tension in North-east Asia has been high since North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and followed that with a satellite launch and missile tests.
China: Former assistant minister in graft probe
BEIJING • Former Chinese assistant foreign minister Zhang Kunsheng is being investigated for graft, the Supreme People's Procuratorate said yesterday.
It said that Zhang is subject to "coercive measures" - which may include summons by force, bail, residential surveillance, detention or arrest. He was expelled from the Communist Party earlier last month.
17 killed in blaze at Indian military depot
MUMBAI • A fire at a massive military ammunition depot in India killed at least 17 people and injured 19 yesterday.
Television footage showed flames lighting up the night sky in Pulgaon in Maharashtra state. Thousands of families in nearby towns and villages were evacuated.