World Briefs: Ex-US attorney-general Janet Reno dies at 78

Ex-US attorney-general Janet Reno dies at 78

WASHINGTON • Ms Janet Reno (photo), the first woman US attorney-general, who served eight tumultuous years under president Bill Clinton, has died, aged 78.

Ms Reno's goddaughter, Ms Gabrielle D'Alemberte, said she succumbed to complications of Parkinson's disease yesterday in Miami.

The blunt-spoken lawyer worked as the top US law enforcement official under Mr Clinton from 1993 to 2001.

Just weeks into the job, she authorised the deadly 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian cult compound in Waco, Texas.

She later authorised federal agents to seize six-year-old Cuban shipwreck survivor Elian Gonzalez from relatives in Miami in 2000.


Diplomats to flesh out Paris climate pact

MARRAKESH (Morocco) • United Nations talks to implement the landmark Paris climate pact opened in Marrakesh yesterday, buoyed by gathering momentum but threatened by the spectre of climate-change denier Donald Trump in the White House.

Diplomats from 196 nations are in Morocco to flesh out the planet-saving plan inked in Paris last December.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe