Seoul 'to unveil Pyongyang sanctions'
SEOUL • South Korea will announce this week its own set of sanctions against North Korea to follow up on a United Nations Security Council resolution punishing the Pyongyang regime for a fourth nuclear test and long-range rocket launch earlier this year, Yonhap news agency reported.
The move would further heighten tensions as Seoul and Washington begin their largest joint military exercise today which will continue until April 30.
Sri Lanka erects road blocks as crime surges
COLOMBO • Sri Lanka's police yesterday re-introduced war-time road blocks and random checks on vehicles in the capital following a surge in gang-linked shootings related to crime and drug smuggling, a spokesman said.
More than 100 police stations in Colombo and its suburbs have been told to erect road blocks, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. The security checkpoints were common during the island's 37-year separatist war that ended in May 2009.
Bali ferry captain's body retrieved
JAKARTA • Search and rescue operations in Bali, Indonesia, following the sinking of an overloaded ferry in the Bali Strait last Friday, were completed yesterday after the body of the captain was retrieved from the sunken ship, Xinhua news agency reported.
The Rafelia II ferry disaster claimed five lives while 76 passengers survived the ordeal, with many sustaining injuries when they jumped overboard.