Freedom for Chinese dissident's widow
BEIJING • Ms Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize-winning political dissident Liu Xiaobo, left China for Germany yesterday, in news welcomed by rights groups which had long pressed for her release from what was effectively house arrest. Ms Liu, a poet and artist who suffers from depression, had been under house arrest since 2010 when her husband, a veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests who was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for inciting subversion, was awarded the Nobel prize.
Flood chaos in Mumbai
MUMBAI • Heavy monsoon rains flooded several low-lying areas of India's financial capital Mumbai yesterday, paralysing train services used by millions of commuters daily and causing flight delays.
A spokesman for Mumbai International Airport said flights in and out of India's second busiest airport were delayed. Weather officials forecast heavy to very heavy monsoon rains in the city and its surroundings today and tomorrow, and urged people to stay indoors.
Philippine forces kill more terrorists
MANILA • Twelve terrorists have been killed in clashes with Philippine government security forces, bringing the death toll of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) to 57 in the ongoing offensive in the southern Philippines that started on June 1.
The military said yesterday that eight were killed during a clash on Sunday in Maguindanao province in central Mindanao. The BIFF is among the armed groups in Mindanao that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria some years ago.