SOUTH KOREA A beleaguered South Korean curling official says he and his family will leave the sport for good as the government investigates their alleged abusive treatment of the “Garlic Girls,” the country’s hugely popular Olympic silver medalists.
INDIA A court yesterday ruled that officials may hold a British man while they investigate him for alleged bribery in a canceled USD670 million helicopter deal between India and an Italian defense company.
US-RUSSIA President Vladimir Putin yesterday warned the United States that if it walks out of a key arms treaty and starts developing the type of missiles banned by it, Russia will do the same.
US-IRAN The United States and Iran are trading accusations over Tehran’s latest ballistic missile test, which the U.N. Security Council discussed behind closed doors without taking any action.
YEMEN’s warring parties will meet in Sweden this week for another attempt at talks aimed at halting their catastrophic 3-year-old war, but there are few incentives for major compromises, and the focus is likely to be on firming up a shaky de-escalation.
EGYPT’s chief prosecutor says a man who hijacked a plane and diverted it to Cyprus in 2016 will face trial on terror-related charges. Seif Eddin Mustafa, 60, was extradited to Egypt in August after a drawn-out legal battle in Cyprus.
EUROPE Hundreds of police in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands arrested at least 84 suspected mobsters and seized around 2 million euros (MOP18.25 million) yesterday in a series of coordinated raids targeting a powerful Italian organized crime syndicate.
FRANCE Trade unions and farmers pledged yesterday to join nationwide protests against President Emmanuel Macron, as concessions by the government failed to stem the momentum of the most violent demonstrations France has seen in decades.
BRAZIL’s chief negotiator at the U.N. climate meeting is warning against sidelining developing countries during key talks on efforts tackle global warming. The two-week meeting in Poland is intended to finalize details of the 2015 Paris accord on keeping average global temperature increases well below 2 degrees Celsius.
CUBA announced that its citizens will be offered full internet access for mobile phones beginning this week, becoming one of the last nations to offer such service.