Monday 11 December 2017

In brief: Gunmen dressed in military uniforms kill 10 officers at Yemeni police HQ

GUNMEN in military uniforms ambushed a police headquarters in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden yesterday, killing 10 security officers and freeing several detainees. Yemen is struggling to curb a growing separatist movement in the south and cement a ceasefire with Shi'ite rebels in the north.

News agencies shun royal wedding

THE world's biggest international news agencies declined to cover yesterday's wedding of Sweden's crown princess and her fitness trainer after a dispute over the release of television images of the event.

"The restrictions of this newsworthy event apply only to video, but if our video coverage is unreasonably restricted, we cannot cover the event in any format," said an AP spokeswoman. "No text stories and no photos."

Princess Victoria, 32, and Daniel Westling, 36, exchanged vows in Stockholm Cathedral yesterday. It was the first royal wedding in Europe since 2008.

Kyrgyz prosecutors charge activist

Prosecutors in Kyrgyzstan charged a human-rights activist yesterday with inciting ethnic hatred for accusing the military of complicity in deadly violence that claimed hundreds of lives.

The announcement came as a US envoy arrived in the capital of Bishkek from neighbouring Uzbekistan, where he toured several refugee camps set up for tens of thousands of ethnic Uzbeks.

US welcomes China's currency move

US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said yesterday he welcomed China's announcement that it would make its yuan exchange rate more flexible, and called for "vigorous implementation" of the change.

"We look forward to continuing our work with China in the G20 and bilaterally to strengthen recovery," he said.

Publisher stops ex-Chinese PM's book

A PUBLISHER in Hong Kong has been forced to halt the much-awaited publication of former Chinese premier Li Peng's memoirs of controversial events leading up to the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

20,000 Chinese-language copies of The Tiananmen Diary of Li Peng had initially been scheduled to go on sale in Hong Kong on Tuesday. An advance copy reveals China's revered reformist leader, Deng Xiaoping, said the government had to "spill some blood" to quell protests.

UK's official wine cellar gets top-up

Almost £18,000 (€22,000) has been spent topping up the British government's wine cellar since the election, it has emerged -- leading to calls from the Labour Party for the entire collection to be sold off to raise money.

Foreign Office minister Henry Bellingham revealed that Government Hospitality, which manages the cellar, had spent £17,698 on new stock since May 6 -- bringing the total value to £864,000.

US missile strike kills 13 in Pakistan

A suspected US missile strike killed 13 people yesterday in a Pakistani tribal region where several militant outfits plot attacks on Western troops across the border in Afghanistan, officials said.

The missile struck a house in Haider Khel village near North Waziristan's Mir Ali town.

Iranian cleric in clampdown on dogs

A senior Iranian cleric has decreed that dogs are "unclean" and should not be kept as pets in a move aimed at discouraging Western-style dog ownership.

Dogs are considered "unclean" under Islamic tradition but, while relatively rare in Iran, some people do keep them as pets.

Anti-England window display pulled

A leading chainstore has withdrawn "Anyone But England" World Cup window displays from its Scottish stores following complaints they were racist.

HMV removed the window display after a visit from police. A Fife Police spokesman confirmed officers visited the store in Gordon Brown's Kirkcaldy constituency.

Fan on loose after venting at team

South African police were yesterday searching for an irate England fan who barged his way into the team's dressing room last night but was let free before he could be arrested.

The man vented his anger at England's poor performance during their 0-0 draw with Algeria at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town before he was hustled away by a Fifa official.

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