World briefs (10/11/13)

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Summit ends on upbeat note

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei -- This year's East Asia Summit, a broad forum of 18 countries including 10 fromthe Association of Southeast Asia Nations, closed Thursday on an upbeat note of calls for stronger economic cooperation and for increased attention to nonproliferation.

Sharp disagreements over the South China Sea, where China and some of its neighbors have competing territorial claims, were more muted, although that did not mean the differences had been shelved, participants said.

In remarks to the Asian leaders, Secretary of State John Kerry, who represented the United States at the summit after President Barack Obama canceled because of the budget standoff with Republicans, said that countries with claims in the sea had a "responsibility to clarify and align their claims with international law." He added, "They can engage in arbitration and other means of peaceful negotiation."

N. Korean general ousted

SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea's state news media on Thursday confirmed the removal of a hard-line general as its military chief, the latest sign of a military overhaul in which the country's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, has replaced nearly half of his country's top officials in the past two years, according to South Korean officials.

The firing of Gen. Kim Kyok Sik and the rise of Gen. Ri Yong Gil to replace him as head of the general staff of the North's Korean People's Army was the latest in a series of high-profile reshuffles that Kim Jong Un has engineered to consolidate his grip on the North's top elites.

Musharraf re-arrested

ISLAMABAD -- Just a day after he was given bail in a case that was expected to release him from nearly six months of house arrest, police on Thursday once again arrested former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, said his spokesman and lawyer.

The former general has faced a roller coaster ride of legal troubles ever since his return to the country in March after four years in self-exile.

Before he even had a chance to go free, police arrested Mr. Musharaff for his alleged role in the killing of a radical cleric during a raid on a hard-line mosque in Islamabad 2007.

Taylor faces jail in U.K.

LONDON -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is to be transferred to a U.K. prison to serve his 50- year sentence for crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone's civil war in the 1990s.

Taylor, 65, was found guilty last year on 11 counts, including terrorism, murder, rape and using child soldiers, by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the Netherlands.

The judge at Taylor's trial said he sold diamonds for and supplied weapons and fighters to the Revolutionary United Front rebels, who hacked off the hands and legs of civilians during the war in Sierra Leone, Liberia's neighbor, in which 50,000 people died.

Also in the world...

An explosion ripped through a checkpoint in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, killing three soldiers and a police officer, while Egyptian officials sought to put the best face on a U.S. move to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in military assistance...The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Thursday aimed at stabilizing the Central African Republic, a dangerous and dysfunctional country that has descended into near-total chaos over the last half year.

-- Compiled from news services


First Published October 10, 2013 8:00 PM


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