Asia Briefs: Thai police head seeks asylum in Australia

Thai police head seeks asylum in Australia

BANGKOK • A police general who led Thailand's probe into human trafficking has said he is seeking political asylum in Australia, fearing for his life for implicating senior officials.

Major-General Paween Pongsirin said yesterday he was seeking asylum in Australia "because I have friends and people who assist me there".


North Korea has H-bomb: Kim



SEOUL • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has hinted that his country has developed a hydrogen bomb, a move that would signal a major step forward in its nuclear weapons capabilities.

During a recent inspection tour of a military site, Mr Kim said North Korea was "ready to detonate self-reliant A-bomb and H-bomb to reliably defend its sovereignty", the KCNA news agency said yesterday.


Afghan spy chief quits over clashes with Ghani

KABUL • The head of Afghanistan's main intelligence agency, Mr Rahmatullah Nabil, resigned yesterday over disagreements with President Ashraf Ghani, laying bare divisions that have hindered efforts to fight the growing Taleban insurgency.

His resignation raises fresh questions over the leadership of Afghanistan's security apparatus.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 11, 2015, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe