World briefs: Reshuffle at Labour as Corbyn tightens control

Reshuffle at Labour as Corbyn tightens control

LONDON • Mr Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's Labour, has sacked his European Union policy chief and transferred his defence spokesman to tighten control over his unruly party.

Labour said yesterday that MP Emily Thornberry would replace defence spokesman Maria Eagle. Europe shadow secretary Pat McFadden will be replaced by Ms Pat Glass, a former junior education spokesman.


Renowned French pianist Boulez dies

PARIS • French musical giant Pierre Boulez has died at the age of 90, his family has said.

The world-renowned pianist and composer died on Tuesday in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was one of the most influential voices in contemporary music.


All-clear after package scare at Merkel's office

BERLIN • German police have given gave the all-clear after investigating a suspicious package at Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in central Berlin.

Earlier, the police cordoned off an area around the Chancellery after four plastic yellow postal crates were left outside the entrance yesterday, a witness said.


10,000-character tweets available soon

WASHINGTON • A tech news website reported that Twitter has been studying how to allow users to say more after for years limiting them to 140 characters.

The 10,000-character tweet could be available as soon as March, the re/code reported on Tuesday, as the company tries to expand its user base, advert sales and other sources of income.


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