Seoul warns against violence at rallies
SEOUL • South Korea's Justice Minister has issued a fresh warning of zero tolerance towards violence during street protests, ahead of a planned rally in Seoul on Dec 5.
In a televised address yesterday, Mr Kim Hyun Woong said the government was determined to "eradicate" public disorder and stressed violators would "pay the price".
Jakarta 'concerned' over refugee boat
JAKARTA • Indonesia voiced concern yesterday that Australia had detained and returned an Indonesian boat of asylum seekers without informing Jakarta.
The refugee boat with 16 on board was seized last Friday, a source with knowledge of the incident said. Australia held the asylum seekers for four days before sending them back to Indonesia, reported Antara news agency.
Bihar chief to ban sale, consumption of alcohol
NEW DELHI • The chief minister of the Indian state of Bihar has announced plans to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol by April 2016.
Mr Nitish Kumar, who was recently re-elected, did not elaborate during his announcement on Thursday.