World Briefs: Corbyn must go,says London mayor

Corbyn must go,says London mayor

LONDON • London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on members of the British opposition Labour Party to oust Mr Jeremy Corbyn as their leader in a vote that starts today, saying Mr Corbyn is "extremely unlikely" to lead Labour back to power.

"He has lost the confidence of more than 80 per cent of Labour's MPs in Parliament - and I am afraid we simply cannot afford to go on like this," Mr Khan wrote in the Observer, the Sunday version of the centre-left Guardian newspaper.

Mr Khan is backing Mr Owen Smith in the party election.


Brother of Syrian boy in viral photo dies

BEIRUT • The older brother of the little Syrian boy who was pictured sitting in an ambulance dazed and covered in blood after an air strike, has died from wounds sustained in the attack on the family's apartment.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Ali, 10, died on Saturday after he was badly wounded in the same bombardment as Omran, five, on Wednesday last week in Aleppo.


Turkish House okays better Israel ties

ANKARA • The Turkish Parliament has approved a deal to normalise ties with Israel after a delay caused by last month's attempted coup.

Under the deal ratified on Friday, Israel will pay Turkey US$20 million (S$27 million) in compensation for a botched Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship in 2010.

The raid left 10 Turks dead, state-run Anadolu news agency said.


No more English

test for NYC cabbies NEW YORK • The average New York City taxi driver may still be sassy, but will not be required to speak English any longer.

The change is the result of a new law that Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed in April and went into effect on Friday, eliminating the English proficiency exam for taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers.

It is the latest big change for taxi drivers as policymakers and regulators try to adapt the city's requirements to demographic and technological changes.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe