Asia briefs :Thailand to extradite human traffickers

Thailand to extradite human traffickers

PUTRAJAYA • Thailand has agreed to Malaysia's request to extradite 10 Thai nationals believed to be masterminds in human trafficking cases along the Malaysia-Thailand border, said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The 10 individuals, aged between 35 and 60, are involved in the trafficking of Rohingya and Bangladeshi nationals, whose remains were found in mass graves on both sides of the border in May last year, Datuk Seri Zahid said on Monday.


Seoul picks 3 new possible Thaad sites

SEOUL • South Korea has picked three alternative sites in the rural Seongju county for the deployment of a US Terminal High- Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) anti-missile shield, after its first choice was criticised for being too close to a residential area.

The three alternatives are the Lotte Skyhill Seongju Country Club, Mount Yeomsok and Mount Kkachi, The Korea Times reported on Monday.

South Korea wants to host Thaad amid a growing missile threat from North Korea, despite protests at home.

Over a million Indian workers plan strike

NEW DELHI • More than a million Indian workers in banking, telecoms and other sectors will go on strike on Friday, seeking higher wages and to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's labour reforms and a plan to close some loss-making firms.

Trade unions, including the All India Trade Unions Congress and Centre of Indian Trade Unions, rejected a government appeal yesterday to call off the strike, saying it failed to address their demands.


Uber to stop taxi and van services in HK

HONG KONG • Uber will be pulling the plug on its taxi and van services in Hong Kong from next Monday, saying it needs to focus on its ride-sharing business and phase out underused services, the South China Morning Post reported yesterday.

Uber had earlier also announced it would withdraw from the gambling hub of Macau on Sept 9, less than 10 months after its launch there.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2016, with the headline 'Asia briefs'. Subscribe