World Briefs: 9 suspected militants nabbed in Sulawesi

9 suspected militants nabbed in Sulawesi

JAKARTA • Indonesian police arrested nine suspected militants on Sulawesi island in an operation that media reported had targeted a group with affiliations to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Police spokesman Martinus Sitompul yesterday declined to give further details, but reports said police had also seized bomb-making materials meant for use in attacks on police and official buildings. The suspects were all members of Mujahidin Indonesia Timur, a group that had been controlled until last year by Santoso, one of the first Indonesian militants to pledge loyalty to ISIS.


China demands apology over T-shirt slogans

BEIJING • China's embassy in Germany has demanded an apology after T-shirts with offensive slogans sparked outcry in China.

The two T-shirts with the slogans "Save a dog, eat a Chinese" and "Save a shark, eat a Chinese" were removed from, a German shopping platform's English website after the garments were criticised as racist, the Global Times reported. last Friday reported that a spokesman from the Chinese embassy in Germany expressed great dissatisfaction over the issue.

Trump's revised travel ban hits 1st legal block

WASHINGTON • President Donald Trump's revamped travel ban is facing its first major legal setback, after a federal judge halted enforcement of the directive that would deny US entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee already granted asylum.

In a preliminary restraining order issued last Friday that applies only to the Syrian man and his family, US District Judge William Conley said the plaintiff "is at great risk of suffering irreparable harm" if the directive is carried out.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 12, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe