Yemen's warring factions endorse truce
ADEN • Yemen's main warring factions endorsed a United Nations-brokered humanitarian truce from yesterday, although heavy fighting on the ground and Saudi airstrikes carried on relentlessly. The week-long truce will end at the same time as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and aims to get aid to some 21 million Yemenis. All sides said they hope a full ceasefire would follow.
Tributes flow for late Saudi Arabia prince
RIYADH • Tributes flowed yesterday following the death of Saudi Arabia's Prince Saud al-Faisal, the world's longest-serving foreign minister, credited with facing down successive regional crises and forging strong ties with the West.
Prince Saud, 75, retired in April for health reasons.
The Royal Court said he died Thursday in the United States. It did not give a cause of death.
The funeral will be held today in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.
Alleged money launderer out on bail
MADRID • A Spanish court freed a Chinese businessman accused of leading one of the country's biggest money-laundering scams, after he posted bail of €400,000 (S$596,000).
Gao Ping, who was arrested in 2012, is accused of leading a gang that allegedly laundered €300,000 a year, dodged taxes, bribed officials and forged documents.
He owned art galleries and businesses in Madrid and Beijing.