Iran successfully tests ballistic missile
DUBAI • Iran has successfully tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile, Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan was quoted as saying yesterday.
Dr Anthony Cordesman, a researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, wrote in January that the Emad would have a range of 1,700km, accuracy to within 500m and a 750kg payload.
Aussies rally against refugee camps
SYDNEY • Thousands of Australians yesterday joined rallies calling for the closure of Pacific island camps for asylum-seekers, just days after the government confirmed it was in talks with the Philippines to resettle detained refugees.
The protesters in Sydney, Melbourne and other cities said the government should close the Pacific detention centres, which have been harshly criticised by rights groups.
Cop shooting of boy 'a reasonable response'
CLEVELAND • Two outside experts have concluded that a Cleveland police officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who was carrying a toy gun was a reasonable response to a perceived threat, according to reports released by an Ohio prosecutor's office on Saturday.
The conclusions submitted to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office come ahead of a decision by a grand jury on whether criminal charges are warranted in the shooting of Tamir Rice last year.