FILIPINA IN $286m SCANDAL SURRENDERS
A PHILIPPINE businesswoman who allegedly helped legislators embezzle 10 billion pesos (S$286 million) in government funds has surrendered to President Benigno Aquino, officials said yesterday.
Ms Janet Napoles strode into the Malacanang presidential palace on Wednesday after eluding a nationwide police manhunt, as details of her family's lavish lifestyle fuelled popular outrage in social media.
INDIAN POLICE ARREST ALLEGED TOP MILITANT
INDIAN police have arrested the alleged co-founder of a top home-grown militant group, the Indian Mujahideen, which is suspected of killing hundreds in multiple attacks across the country.
Yasin Bhatkal, believed to be in his 30s, was arrested near the Indian side of the Indo-Nepal border and is in police custody in Bihar, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters yesterday.
STORM TRIGGERS WIDE FLOODING IN TAIWAN
TROPICAL Storm Kong-Rey pounded southern Taiwan with torrential rain yesterday, triggering widespread flooding and disrupting air and rail traffic, the government said.
A fisherman was missing after his boat capsized on Wednesday off the north- eastern coast, and houses in the island's south were inundated by flood waters as deep as 3m after heavy rain started to fall from Wednesday, according to the National Fire Agency.