Asia Briefs: Duterte to revive stalled peace talks with rebels

Duterte to revive stalled peace talks with rebels

MANILA • Incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte will resume stalled peace talks with communist rebels next month, negotiators said, a step towards ending one of Asia's longest insurgencies that has killed tens of thousands of people.

The talks collapsed in 2013, but Mr Duterte, who assumes office on June 30, had made a campaign pledge to revive them. Formal talks will resume in the third week of July in Oslo, Norway.


Japanese man stabs dad to death with chopstick

TOKYO • A 51-year-old man has been arrested for stabbing his father to death with a chopstick, police said.

Michikazu Ikeuchi admitted to stabbing his 80-year-old father in the throat with a 30cm-long wooden chopstick on Wednesday night after a quarrel at their home in Osaka.

He told police he was trying to stop his parents from arguing and did not intend to kill his father.


Most whales trapped in Java mangrove freed

JAKARTA • Most of the 29 whales trapped in a mangrove swamp on Java island managed to free themselves or were helped out to sea as the tide rose, fisheries officials said.

Villagers helped free the pilot whales that had been trapped at low tide yesterday. Seven died, while four were helped out to sea and 18 freed themselves, the World Wildlife Fund said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe