World Briefs: N. Korea 'suggests talks with South'

N. Korea 'suggests talks with South'

SEOUL • North Korea sent a notice to South Korea yesterday stating its willingness to hold military talks, the South's Yonhap news agency reported, citing a North Korean broadcaster.

The notice suggested the working-level meeting between late May to early June, with the aim of relieving military tensions on the Korean peninsula, Yonhap reported. XINHUA

Formal protest over Okinawa killing

TOKYO • Japan's defence minister yesterday travelled to Okinawa to lodge a formal protest with the commander of the US military base there after the arrest of a base employee linked to the death of a local woman.

The employee was arrested on Thursday for allegedly disposing of the woman's body in a weed-covered area in southern Okinawa. He has reportedly admitted to raping and killing the 20-year-old woman.


ISIS claims machete killing in Bangladesh DHAKA • Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a village doctor and wounded a university teacher in Bangladesh on Friday, in what police suspected were the latest in a series of attacks by extremists in the majority-Muslim nation.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the killing, the US-based monitoring service SITE said.


Thai king treated for brain ailment

BANGKOK • Thailand's hospital-bound monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88, is being treated for water on the brain and has had the excess fluid drained, the palace said in a statement late on Friday. The king's frail health is a subject of significant public concern.


Najib wants 'tanker hijackers' extradited

SOCHI • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has asked Vietnamese Prime Minster Nguyen Xuan Phuc to extradite eight alleged hijackers of Malaysian-flagged tanker Orkim Harmony, the New Straits Times reported.

Mr Najib made the extradition request on the sidelines of the Asean-Russia Commemorative Summit on Friday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 22, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe