World briefs : British babies to get meningitis B vaccine

British babies to get meningitis B vaccine

LONDON • Britain yesterday became the first country to implement a vaccination programme for all newborn babies against meningitis B, which is fatal in one in 10 cases.

Campaigners hope the vaccine, which will be given to babies at two, four and 12 months old, will prevent up to 4,000 cases by 2025.

The campaign is billed as the world's first nationwide publicly funded programme against the infection. Trials found that the vaccine was effective against 88 per cent of the hundreds of strains of meningococcal group B bacteria.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Man wins $1m with cash found on street

LOS ANGELES • A man who found a US$20 (S$28) note on a street outside San Francisco International Airport and used it to play the California lottery has won US$1 million.

Airport bartender Hubert Tang bought two scratch tickets last Wednesday and won the top prize with one of them. He joked that he might use the prize to place US$20 bills in random places for other lucky players to find.

-REUTERS


Gold, currency stolen in Peru airport heist

LIMA • Thieves in Peru stole 123kg of gold and more than US$2 million (S$2.8 million) from armoured cars waiting to load onto a plane on the airport runway in the southern city of Juliaca.

About a dozen robbers fired gunshots and tear gas as they fled with the loot last Friday, but 30kg of gold and Peruvian currency worth US$300,000 were recovered and six robbers were arrested.

Peru is enduring an unprecedented crime wave, as crimes involving hired killers and extortion have become everyday occurrences.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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