Asia Briefs: China opposes N. Korea sanctions

China opposes N. Korea sanctions

BEIJING• • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has told his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida that China opposes "unhelpful" unilateral sanctions on North Korea but will work within the United Nations to formulate a necessary response to its fifth nuclear test.

Japan's Foreign Ministry said Mr Kishida called the nuclear test unforgivable and a direct, grave threat to Japanese security, and asked China for a constructive response as a responsible permanent member of the Security Council.


2 killed in Bali speedboat explosion

DENPASAR • An explosion on a speedboat in Bali left two foreigners dead and 18 other tourists injured yesterday, sparking dramatic scenes as rescuers rushed to haul stunned and bloodied holidaymakers off the vessel. An Austrian woman was killed along with a second female foreigner, whose nationality was still being verified.

Two German citizens were injured. Nationals from Britain, France, Italy, Portugal, Ireland and Spain were also among the passengers.


Aircraft debris came from MH370

KUALA LUMPUR • A piece of aircraft wreckage found in June off Tanzania has been confirmed as coming from the doomed airliner MH370, Malaysia said yesterday.

The debris, found on Pemba Island, off the Tanzanian coast, is the latest piece of wreckage to be linked to the Malaysia Airlines jet, whose 2014 disappearance is a mystery.

The piece of debris, which had been taken to Australia for expert analysis, was found to have part numbers, date stamps and other identifiers confirming it came from the Malaysia Airlines jet.


Duterte's daughter says no to burqa

DAVAO • Women in burqas and those wearing surgical masks should refrain from concealing their faces in public, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's mayor daughter said yesterday, describing the measure as aimed at preventing attacks.

Ms Sara Duterte made the remarks as police hunt for the suspects - seen on closed-circuit television wearing face masks - behind a bombing this month that killed 15 people in the southern city of Davao.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe