Asia Briefs: 'Chinese buoys' found near disputed isle

'Chinese buoys' found near disputed isle

MANILA • Filipino fishermen found several buoys with Chinese markings near the disputed Scarborough Shoal and towed the devices back to shore, Philippine officials said yesterday.

China seized control of the rocky outcrop in the disputed South China Sea in 2012 after a three-month stand-off with Philippine coast guard ships, preventing Filipino fishermen from getting near their traditional fishing grounds.


Floods kill at least 10 in monsoon-hit Myanmar

YANGON • Floods triggered by torrential monsoon rain have killed at least 10 people in Myanmar in the last 48 hours, state media and officials reported yesterday.

Western and northern parts of Myanmar have been hit by heavy rainfall in recent days with some areas of Shan State, a mountainous and impoverished region, seeing as much as 170mm of rain in the last 24 hours.


Man held after bid to set China plane on fire

BEIJING • A man tried to set fire to the cabin of a plane with more than 100 people aboard during landing in southern China, reports said.

However, he was overpowered by fellow passengers and crew.

Two of the 95 passengers suffered injuries and were taken to hospital, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The incident occurred on Shenzhen Airlines Flight ZH9648 from the eastern city of Taizhou as it was landing in Guangzhou early yesterday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2015, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe