Boat blocked from entering Gaza
JERUSALEM - Israel said yesterday it had blocked a boat leading a four-vessel protest flotilla of foreign activists from reaching the Gaza Strip and forced the vessel to sail to an Israeli port. It was the latest in a series of protest voyages against Israel's nine-year blockade of Gaza.
$25m payout in child-abuse suit
SYDNEY - Former British migrants who were physically and sexually assaulted at a notorious school in Australia yesterday won A$24 million (S$24.8 million), the largest compensation payment for survivors of mass child abuse in Australia's legal history. The abuses took place between 1938 and 1974.
Car bomb injures Egypt prosecutor
CAIRO - Egypt's public prosecutor was injured when a car bomb struck his convoy as it was leaving his home in Cairo yesterday, in a high-profile attack against the judiciary.
Oklahoma lethal injection 'legal'
WASHINGTON - The US Supreme Court yesterday ruled that a drug used by Oklahoma as part of its lethal injection process does not violate the US Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, dealing a setback to death penalty opponents.
The three-drug process used has been scrutinised since the botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett in April last year.