Asia Briefs: Pre-dawn blaze at Pakistan hotel kills 11

Pre-dawn blaze at Pakistan hotel kills 11

ISLAMABAD • A pre-dawn inferno at a four-star hotel in Pakistan's Karachi city killed 11 people yesterday and wounded 75, police said.

Desperate guests jumped from windows and scrambled down knotted bed sheets to escape.

The blaze at the Regent Plaza hotel in the centre of the port city broke out when many guests were still asleep. A lack of fire alarms and emergency exits resulted in many being trapped in their rooms.


KL grenade attack: Trial next month

KUALA LUMPUR • The trial of the two men accused of bombing a nightspot in Selangor in June - the first strike in Malaysia by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terrorist group - is set to be heard next month.

The two men are facing charges of attempted murder for throwing a grenade into the Movida pub in Puchong. The High Court in Kuala Lumpur has set the trial for Jan 11 to 12, Malaysiakini reported yesterday.

China warning over Tibetan figure's visit

BEIJING • China yesterday called on India not to do anything to complicate their border dispute after an exiled senior Tibetan religious leader visited a sensitive border region controlled by India but claimed by China.

The Karmapa Lama, the third most senior figure in Tibetan Buddhism, who fled into exile in India in 2000, last week went to Tawang in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, in the remote eastern Himalayas.


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