World Briefs: Cholera outbreak kills over 240 in Yemen

Cholera-infected Yemeni children lie outside their family’s makeshift shelter at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the northern province of Amran, Yemen. PHOTO: EPA
Cholera-infected Yemeni children lie outside their family’s makeshift shelter at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the northern province of Amran, Yemen. PHOTO: EPAPHOTO: EPA

Cholera outbreak kills over 240 in Yemen

GENEVA • A cholera outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen has killed 242 people, and left nearly 23,500 others sick in the past three weeks alone, the World Health Organisation said yesterday.

Reining in the disease is particularly complicated in Yemen, where two years of devastating war between the Houthis and government forces backed by a Saudi-led Arab military coalition has left more than half the country's medical facilities out of service.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Arrest warrants out for Turkish paper's staff

ISTANBUL • Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for the owner and three employees of opposition newspaper Sozcu, a police source and the paper said yesterday, part of a continuing media crackdown that has alarmed rights groups and Turkey's Western allies.

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The four are accused of committing crimes on behalf of the network of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, they said. Mr Gulen is blamed by Ankara for masterminding last July's failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a charge he denies.

REUTERS


Nina Ricci heiress escapes jail time

PARIS • A French appeals court has ruled that the heiress to the estate of fashion designer Nina Ricci will not serve jail time over her conviction for tax fraud, reducing an earlier sentence.

The court yesterday handed Madam Arlette Ricci, 76, a three-year suspended sentence and confirmed a €1 million (S$1.6 million) fine and the confiscation of two properties.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe