Asia Briefs: Hong Kong reports first case of Zika

Hong Kong reports first case of Zika

HONG KONG • Hong Kong yesterday confirmed its first case of the Zika virus, after a foreigner returned to the city showing symptoms.

The unnamed 38-year-old woman had travelled with two other family members to the Caribbean where she contracted the infection, the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health said yesterday.

Beijing park not at fault in tiger attack: Probe

BEIJING • The Beijing wildlife park whose tigers killed a woman and severely mauled another was not to blame for the incident, according to an official investigation. The tourists ignored park rules and clear warning signs at Badaling Wildlife World when one of them got out of their car in an area that contained three free-roaming Siberian tigers, the probe by Yanqing district government has found.


Video controversy: Rapper freed on bail

KUALA LUMPUR • A Malaysian rapper, who was arrested for insulting Islam in a music video that was filmed inside a mosque and used the word "Allah", was freed on bail yesterday on health grounds.

Wee Meng Chee, 33, who goes by the stage name Namewee, was arrested on Sunday over the song, Oh My God, when he landed in Kuala Lumpur after returning from overseas. If found guilty, he could be jailed for up to two years and face a fine.


Thai junta suspends Bangkok governor

BANGKOK • Thailand's military government yesterday suspended the Bangkok governor, the country's most senior elected official.

Mr Sukhumbhand Paribatra is a member of the royal family and a former deputy foreign minister. His office is being probed for possible misuse of city funds. He has denied the allegations.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe