Asia Briefs: Top Shanghai prosecutor booted from CCP

Top Shanghai prosecutor booted from CCP

SHANGHAI • The former top prosecutor in the Chinese financial hub of Shanghai has been kicked out of the ruling Communist Party over a range of violations, the party said yesterday, and a lawsuit for suspected bribe-taking will be launched. Chen Xu had served in Shanghai's judiciary since the 1970s.


Afghan MPs block runway after missing flight

KABUL • Supporters of two Afghan MPs who missed a domestic flight from Kabul blocked an airport runway with rocks, forcing the plane to return for the lawmakers.

The Kam Air flight was abruptly forced to fly back from central Bamiyan province earlier this week, triggering uproar and ridicule on social media with many accusing the lawmakers of abusing their powers.


Bodies of protesters buried after 632 days

NEW DELHI • The bodies of eight people shot dead during an anti-government protest in Manipur, north-east India, have been buried after 632 days, ending a long confrontation. The victims' families were refusing to bury the bodies until their demands for proper compensation and action against the government officials who ordered the firing had been met.


Booed off stage, wedding guest goes on knife spree

HANOI • A man at a wedding in southern Vietnam murdered a fellow guest and seriously injured another after he was booed off stage during a karaoke performance. Nguyen Ngoc Diep, 44, went on a stabbing spree at the wedding party after another guest mocked his singing and stole the microphone, sparking an argument between the two men, state-run media reported yesterday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe