Two Koreas thrash out Kaesong wage dispute
SEOUL • North and South Korean officials yesterday opened rare talks over a protracted wage dispute at the jointly operated Kaesong industrial zone in the North.
The two sides have been mired in a months-long row over the issue, with Pyongyang insisting on unilaterally imposing a pay rise for its workers.
'Red shirt' TV station can go back on air
BANGKOK • A Thai court yesterday issued an injunction allowing a television network run by the opposition "red shirt" movement to resume broadcasting after it was taken off the air for breaking a junta ban on political programming.
Thailand's sharply polarised political channels were among the first casualties of the censorship imposed after the May 2014 military coup.
Three airports closed due to volcanic ash
SURABAYA • Ash spewing from a volcano led to the closure of the airport serving Surabaya, Indonesia's second-biggest city, yesterday as millions of people were travelling across the archipelago ahead of the Hari Raya Puasa holiday.
The domestic airport serving the city of Malang on Java was also closed because of ash from Mount Raung, while another erupting volcano forced the closure of the airport on the remote eastern island of Ternate.
The closures came days after the airport on the nearby resort island of Bali was closed by ash from Mount Raung, stranding holidaymakers.