Asia Briefs: Li Ka-shing to sell tallest building

Li Ka-shing to sell tallest building

HONG KONG • Hong Kong's wealthiest businessman Li Ka-shing is putting his tallest building in the city up for sale, attracting interest from Chinese buyers as more mainland companies seek to establish a foothold in the city, the South China Morning Post reported yesterday.

A handful of keen buyers, likely state-owned companies with deep pockets, are bidding on the 73-storey The Center, valued at HK$35 billion (S$6.1 billion). At this price, The Center will be Hong Kong's most expensive real estate transaction to date, the paper said.

Bangkok blast: Trial postponed

BANGKOK • The trial of two Chinese Uighurs accused of planting a deadly bomb in Bangkok last year was postponed yesterday because the men did not have a translator.

The delay is the latest snag in a case that has so far shed little light on the horrific attack on the Erawan Shrine last year that left 20 people dead and 100 people wounded.

The translator, an Uzbek national, for suspects Yusufu Mieraili and Bilal Mohammed fled after he was hit with drug possession charges in June.


Father kills son for not studying

TOKYO • A Japanese father stabbed his 12-year-old son to death after complaining the boy was failing to study for a school entrance exam.

Mr Kengo Satake, the boy's 48-year-old father, told police that he "argued with his son for not studying" before a test to enter a private junior high school, public broadcaster NHK reported yesterday.

The son, named Ryota, was taken to hospital on Sunday after the stabbing but died from loss of blood.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 24, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe