Asia Briefs: Chinese police release clip of detained activist

Chinese police release clip of detained activist

BEIJING • Chinese police released a video yesterday of detained human rights activist Jiang Tianyong to refute what it described as rumours that he had been tortured. But his wife said the clip had not assuaged fears for his safety.


Indonesian soldiers killed in accident

JAKARTA • Four Indonesian soldiers have been killed and eight others injured by artillery fire in an accident during training on a South China Sea island, the army said yesterday. It took place on Wednesday when an artillery cannon malfunctioned on Tanjung Datuk Natuna, on the north-western fringe of the Indonesian archipelago.


Duterte signs order to ban smoking in public

MANILA • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order banning smoking in public in the country. The ban, which carries a maximum penalty of four months in jail and a fine of 5,000 pesos (S$140), covers both indoor and outdoor smoking.


Coal set to be biggest power source in S-E Asia

JAKARTA • Following rising demand in recent years, coal is projected to overtake natural gas by 2030 to become the largest source of power in South-east Asia. The International Energy Agency has forecast a threefold rise in coal-fuelled power generation to 920 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2035 from only 255 TWh in 2013.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe