Asia briefs: Pakistan military courts' verdicts upheld

Pakistan military courts' verdicts upheld

ISLAMABAD • Pakistan's Supreme Court has upheld verdicts and death sentences in the cases of 16 civilians convicted of terrorism-related offences by military courts, the first time the highest court has ruled on the legality of cases tried by the military.

Those whose appeals were dismissed yesterday included nine members of the Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan and two Al-Qaeda members.


Church attacker 'obsessed' with ISIS

JAKARTA • A knife-wielding Indonesian teen who tried to attack a priest at a church service on Sunday was "obsessed" with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), said Security Minister Wiranto yesterday. But officials did not believe the teen had joined any terror network.


Tokyo in for another major drenching

TOKYO • Typhoon Lionrock is projected to make landfall in Japan today and could strike near Tokyo, just a week after a tropical cyclone pummelled the capital.

Historic heavy rains are expected in the north, with more rain forecast to fall in 24 hours than in a typical month of August, said the Japan Meteorological Agency.


Timor Leste's call to international court

THE HAGUE • Timor Leste yesterday urged an international court to help end a decade-long dispute with Australia over a maritime border which cuts through lucrative oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea.

Australia has argued that the Permanent Court of Arbitration based in The Hague has no jurisdiction in the battle that has soured ties between the two maritime neighbours.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 30, 2016, with the headline 'Asia briefs'. Subscribe