Kidnapped journalists return to Spain
MADRID • Three Spanish freelance journalists kidnapped in Syria nearly 10 months ago returned home yesterday.
The trio, all experienced conflict zone reporters, arrived at the Torrejon airbase near Madrid on a flight from Turkey, the government said in a statement.
The government and the Spanish Press Federation announced their release on Saturday, saying they were in good health. They had been held by the Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda affiliate.
Greece debates new austerity package
ATHENS • Greek lawmakers yesterday debated pension and income tax reforms key to unlocking international aid as European creditors circulated the draft of a new proposal that would burden Athens with additional austerity measures.
The Bill - part of a €5.4 billion (S$8.4 billion) package needed to secure further aid from the euro area and the International Monetary Fund - was to be put to a vote later in the day. Greece is meeting euro area finance ministers today to review the status of the bailout.
One winning ticket for $584m US lottery
NEW YORK • One winning ticket matched numbers drawn on Saturday for a Powerball jackpot with an estimated payout of US$429.6 million (S$584 million), the ninth-largest United States lottery prize, officials said.
The winner was not named. Winners of huge lottery payouts sometimes do not come forward publicly for months. It was the largest jackpot for a US lottery since January, when three Powerball tickets split a record US$1.6 billion. Saturday's Powerball followed 17 draws in a row without a winner.