Asia Briefs: Thailand's king on the mend

Thailand's king on the mend

BANGKOK • Thailand's 88-year-old king, the world's longest reigning monarch, is recovering after being treated last month for "water on the brain" and narrowing of the arteries, the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement yesterday.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been treated for various ailments over the past year in hospital in Bangkok. He was last seen in public on Jan 11, when he spent several hours visiting his palace in the Thai capital.

An X-ray showed the king had "a lower amount" of cerebrospinal fluid surrounding his brain after a build-up was drained last month, said the palace statement. Echocardiograms showed a "satisfactory function of the King's heart muscles", it said.


China bus arsonist gets death sentence

BEIJING • A court in northern China has sentenced a man to death for starting a bus fire in January that killed 18 people, the government said.

The court in regional capital Yinchuan yesterday sentenced Ma Yongping to death after finding him guilty of using an "extremely cruel form of crime", the Yinchuan government said on its official microblog.

Ma set alight two plastic bags filled with petrol on the bus after getting involved in a personal work dispute, the government said, without explaining the connection between the bus he chose to set alight and the dispute.


Tsai orders probe into misfiring of missile

TAIPEI • Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has ordered a thorough investigation into the misfiring of an anti-ship missile towards China last Friday, Taiwanese media reported.

"Such an incident should not have occurred at all," she said at Taoyuan International Airport on Saturday after wrapping up her first overseas state visits to Panama and Paraguay.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe