Asia briefs

S. Korea approves new PM

SEOUL - South Korea's Parliament approved President Park Geun-hye's choice of prime minister yesterday after the incumbent stepped down following an allegation that he had accepted illegal campaign funds from a businessman.

The post of prime minister is largely ceremonial in South Korea.

Ms Park's nominee is Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, a career prosecutor who Ms Park's office said was the right person to clean up corruption and help bring about political reform.


Suspect in nun rape caught

KOLKATA - Police in India said yesterday they have arrested the main suspect in the rape of an elderly nun.

The nun, who is in her 70s, needed surgery after the attack in March when a gang of robbers broke into her convent in the eastern state of West Bengal.

Police said they arrested the 28-year-old Bangladeshi at a railway station in the city late on Wednesday. He had fled after being identified from CCTV footage of the attack.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2015, with the headline 'Asia briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe