N. Korea fires round near disputed waters
SEOUL • North Korea's military fired one artillery round into the sea near a disputed maritime border with South Korea yesterday, but the shell did not fly across the border, an official said.
The round was likely fired from the North's shore and was probably part of an exercise, the South Korean defence ministry official said, asking not to be named.
Thailand charges ex-police spokesman
BANGKOK • Former police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri was charged yesterday. He had vacated his post suddenly last October during a probe into three others accused of exploiting connections to the monarchy to profit from a cycling event to celebrate Queen Sirikit's birthday.
Prawut will be prosecuted for installing antennas on a Bangkok building that were used for the event, said deputy police chief Sriwarah Rangsit- pramkul. Prawut had not returned to Thailand, he added.
Talks over resettling of asylum seekers
SYDNEY • Australia is in talks with Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, among six nations, to resettle asylum seekers detained in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific island nation of Nauru, the Sydney Morning Herald reported yesterday.
Negotiations focus on potentially settling 1,459 detainees, while three other countries are involved in preliminary talks, said the Herald, but did not identify the latter three.