World Briefs: Sweden, Denmark start border checks

Sweden, Denmark start border checks

COPENHAGEN • Denmark imposed temporary identity checks on its border with Germany yesterday following a similar move by Sweden, dealing a double blow to Europe's fraying passport-free Schengen area, amid a record influx of migrants.

Sweden began checking documents of travellers from Denmark yesterday for the first time in half a century, causing delays of up to 50 minutes for trains and buses crossing the 7.9km Oresund Bridge, Europe's longest combined road and rail bridge.

However, private vehicles were exempt from the checks.

REUTERS


Woman stoned to death by militants

ADEN • Al-Qaeda militants have stoned a woman to death in a south-eastern Yemeni city they control after accusing her of adultery and prostitution, several witnesses said yesterday.

The militants on Sunday "placed the woman in a hole in the middle of the courtyard of a military building and stoned her to death in the presence of dozens of residents" of Hadramawt provincial capital Mukalla, one of the witnesses said.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Australia to boost croc product exports

SYDNEY • Australian officials are looking to increase the export of crocodile products this year, after decades of official protection to stop them from being hunted to extinction have increased their numbers.

Under a new Saltwater Crocodile Wildlife Trade Management Plan, which came into effect at the start of the year, the Northern Territory's government wants to increase the trade in crocodile products, including skins.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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