Asia Briefs: Robbers make off with 2 ATMs from bank

Robbers make off with 2 ATMs from bank

KUALA SELANGOR • Robbers ripped off two automated teller machines (ATM) from a bank in Bestari Jaya, about an hour north of Kuala Lumpur, yesterday morning, Malaysian police said.

The suspects, comprising at least three men, used an excavator to cart off the machines and then placed them on the back of a truck.


Sri Lanka's ex-army chief now a minister

COLOMBO • Sri Lanka yesterday appointed as a Cabinet minister the former army general who led the military to victory in a 26-year war against Tamil Tiger separatists.

Mr Sarath Fonseka, the leader of the Democratic Party, lost the August parliamentary polls but entered Parliament following a nomination this month by the ruling United National Party. He was sworn in as Minister of Regional Development.


S. Korean opposition stages filibuster

SEOUL • South Korea's opposition party lawmakers have staged the country's first filibuster in nearly 50 years.

Since Tuesday, they have blocked an anti-terrorism Bill that gives more surveillance powers to the country's spy agency.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2016, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe