Asia Briefs: Pakistan human rights advocate dies

Pakistan human rights advocate dies

LAHORE • Leading Pakistani human rights advocate Asma Jahangir has died, a family member said yesterday, in a blow to the nation's embattled rights community. She was 66.

The lawyer and former United Nations special rapporteur died of cardiac arrest, according to her sister Hina Jilani, also a prominent rights activist. Ms Jahangir received France's highest civilian award in 2014 and Sweden's alternative to the Nobel Prize for her decades of rights work.


Ex-Thai PMs spotted in Beijing

BANGKOK • Fugitive Thai former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been spotted with her brother Thaksin, also a fugitive former prime minister, apparently buying chestnuts in the Chinese capital Beijing.

The siblings were captured in a photo published on Saturday on the Matichon Online website, which reported that the two were at a mall in Beijing as the city prepares for Chinese New Year celebrations on Feb 16.


Lankan polls: Ruling alliance crushed

COLOMBO • Sri Lanka's ruling alliance was humiliated in local elections seen as a test of its leadership and the party of former president Mahinda Rajapakse was on track for a shock landslide victory, early results showed yesterday.

Official results showed Mr Rajapakse's Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna - SLPP or People's Front - had won 160 of the 241 councils counted so far, out of a total of 340.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party was a distant second with 30 councils, while President Maithripala Sirisena's Freedom Alliance languished with just 10.


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