British govt rejects fresh EU referendum
LONDON • The British government has rejected an online petition signed by 4.1 million people calling for a new referendum on whether to leave the European Union.
Britons voted by 52 per cent to 48 per cent, or 17.4 million votes to 16.1 million, to leave the EU in a June 23 referendum, a result which most politicians have said should be respected, but which some who voted "remain" are struggling to accept.
Drive to curb China hospital violence
SHANGHAI • China is kicking off a year-long campaign this month to stamp out persistent violence in its overcrowded hospitals by angry patients targeting medical staff, state news agency Xinhua said yesterday.
Since 2013, campaigns to discourage abuse of hospital personnel have reined in much of the violence, but as many as 71,000 instances of conflict have still required mediation by the authorities.
Nine more killed in Philippines drug war
MANILA • Nine people were killed overnight in the Philippines, the authorities said yesterday , as police and suspected anti-drug gunmen pushed ahead with President Rodrigo Duterte's war on crime. More than 100 suspects have been killed in the seven weeks since Mr Duterte's election.
US probes Delta over landing at air base
WASHINGTON • The US National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a Delta Air Lines flight that mistakenly landed at a South Dakota air force base, about 19km from its destination.
Delta is cooperating with the government's probe and is conducting its own, the airline said.