- N. Korea stages largest parade at war anniversary
- Psychiatric tests for cop accused of murders
- Breakthrough in fight against breast cancer
PYONGYANG: North Korea mounted its largest ever military parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War, displaying long-range missiles at a ceremony presided over by leader Kim Jong-un.
The missiles, mounted on gigantic trailers, rolled through the sprawling Kim Il-sung square in Pyongyang, as jet fighters and helicopters screeched through the overcast skies above and soldiers chanted "Let's fight, fight, fight... for our republic!"
Thousands of troops and spectators roared "Protect Kim Jong-un with our lives" when the youthful leader appeared on the podium, flanked by top party and military leaders, in what the Nuclear-armed North described as its largest ever such display.
Kim, wearing his signature dark Mao suit, had been expected to use the anniversary to make a televised address but two hours into the parade he had yet to speak.
The parade, marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire on July 27, 1953 was being closely watched for any evidence that the North has made tangible progress in its ballistic missile programme.
The last mass military parade in the North Korean capital was held on April 15 last year, for the birth centenary of the North's founder leader Kim Il-sung.
Since then, the North successfully launched a long-range rocket in December and conducted its third nuclear test in February.
Both events drew UN sanctions and triggered a dangerous surge in military tensions on the Korean peninsula that lasted for several months. — AFP
THE police officer accused of the Kovan double murder made a surprise appearance yesterday in court, where it was agreed that he will undergo psychiatric evaluation.
Senior staff sergeant Iskandar Rahmat, who was arrested in Johor Baru two weeks ago after a 54-hour manhunt, has also told his lawyers that he wants to claim trial to all charges against him.
The 34-year-old, who had been remanded at the Central Police Station, was due to appear in court next Monday.
But this was brought forward when police concluded their investigations into the case.
Yesterday, the prosecution applied for Iskandar to be remanded at the Changi Prison Complex Medical Centre for psychiatric evaluation.
His legal team, led by Ferlin Jayatissa, did not object.
Jayatissa, who is assisted by Rudy Marican and N. Sudha Nair, said that he was appreciative that access to Iskandar had been facilitated by the investigation team.
"Given the nature of the charge and the possible exceptions to it, the defence has no objections.
"This is a necessary and appropriate step in the ongoing investigation," he said.
Iskandar was charged on Monday last week with the murder of car workshop owner Tan Boon Sin, 66, and his son at Hillside Drive on July 10.
Iskandar will appear via video-link when the case is mentioned next on Aug 16. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
[unable to retrieve full-text content]SCIENTIST in Singapore have identified a gene which makes an aggressive form of breast cancer even worse, in a development which could lead to more effective drugs to treat it.
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