Asia Briefs: Two new Mers cases in South Korea

South Korean medical workers wear protective gear at a separated clinic centre for MERS at Konkuk University Hospital in Seoul on June 24, 2015.
South Korean medical workers wear protective gear at a separated clinic centre for MERS at Konkuk University Hospital in Seoul on June 24, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

Two new Mers cases in South Korea

SEOUL•South Korea yesterday reported two new cases of the potentially deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome or Mers virus, after four days in which no cases were spotted. It brought to 184 the total number of people diagnosed in the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Mob killing: Afghan court overturns death ruling

KABUL • An appeals court in Afghanistan's capital has set aside death sentences on four men convicted in the mob killing of a woman accused of burning a Quran, media and a judge said yesterday.

Three had their sentences reduced to 20 years in jail, while the fourth was re-sentenced to 10 years. The woman was beaten savagely and her body set ablaze in broad daylight.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Thai navy votes to buy Chinese submarines

BANGKOK• Thailand's navy has voted in favour of buying three Chinese submarines worth 36 billion baht (S$1.44 billion), an official said yesterday, the kingdom's first such vessels in decades if the purchase is approved by Cabinet.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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