World Briefs: Visa spot-check sparks outrage

Visa spot-check sparks outrage

MELBOURNE • A major operation to spot-check people's visas on the streets of Melbourne was scrapped after sparking outrage.

The controversy erupted after the Australian Border Force released a statement yesterday , saying its officers would take to the streets to identify fraudsters. But netizens questioned whether they would target those of foreign appearance.


Poland warns looters about Nazi loot train

WARSAW • The alleged discovery of a Nazi "gold train" in western Poland has perked up the ears of treasure-hunters, such that the government has felt the need to issue a warning.

Two men claimed to have found an armoured train car in Walbrzych city, reviving old lore of trains full of gold and jewels stolen by the Nazis .

But on Thursday, Culture Ministry Secretary of State Piotr Zuchowski said that "there may be hazardous substances" in the train.


WWII's 'Great Escape' survivor, 101, dies

SYDNEY • Australian Paul Royle, one of the only two remaining survivors from World War II's daring "Great Escape" prison break, died at age 101, in a Perth hospital, said his son.

Mr Gordon Royle said yesterday that his dad died after a fall at a care facility. The last living survivor is Briton Dick Churchill, 94.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2015, with the headline 'Visa spot-check sparks outrage'. Print Edition | Subscribe