Asia Briefs: Malaysia to reopen Pyongyang embassy

Malaysia to reopen Pyongyang embassy

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia will reopen its embassy in Pyongyang, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday, more than a year after the assassination of the North Korean leader's half-brother in Kuala Lumpur triggered a diplomatic row.

Malaysia's embassy has not been staffed since April last year and Kuala Lumpur had reportedly been considering permanently closing the mission and moving its North Korea services to Beijing.


No live coverage of terror-linked trials

JAKARTA • The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission has released a circular notifying public broadcasting bodies, television and radio networks not to broadcast live trials related to terrorism, in a move to curb the potential spread of extreme ideology.

National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said the long-running coverage of terror trials might raise sympathy and make the suspected terrorist a role model.


PM Abe acts against sexual harassment

TOKYO • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday pledged zero tolerance of sexual harassment, ordering senior officials to undergo training to prevent abuse after a scandal involving a top government bureaucrat.

The training will be tied to promotion in a bid to ensure the success of the effort.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe