Asia Briefs: Thai King's lung infection eases

Workers collecting dead fish in the polluted West Lake in Hanoi yesterday.
Workers collecting dead fish in the polluted West Lake in Hanoi yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS

Thai King's lung infection eases

BANGKOK •  Thailand's hospital-bound King Bhumibol Adulyadej is still being treated for kidney failure although an infection in his lung has eased, the palace said in the latest update on the 88-year-old's ailing health.

The latest statement was issued by the Royal Household Bureau on Saturday night. The Thai King has not been seen in public for nearly a year as he battles a series of ailments in a Bangkok hospital.


Drones help traffic cops in China

BEIJING •  China's traffic cops are using drones and video to patrol the country's roads during the week-long national holiday that started on Saturday.

The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement that 214,000 officers were on the roads on Saturday. They dealt with 55,000 cases of speeding, 1,100 cases of drink driving and 3,100 cases of illegally occupying emergency lanes, the statement said.


Vietnamese protest at steel plant

HANOI • Thousands of Vietnamese protested yesterday at a steel plant run by a unit of Taiwan's Formosa Plastics to demand it leave the country and compensate more people after one of the country's biggest environmental disasters, witnesses said.

Protesters in Ha Tinh province vented their anger at Formosa Ha Tinh Steel, which has offered US$500 million (S$682 million) in damages and admitted that its steel plant was responsible for massive fish deaths along a 200km stretch of coastline in April.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe