World Briefs: 12 killed in ISIS attack on Iraqi police group

Eight Iraqi army trucks in the city of Ramadi, recaptured  from the Islamic state (ISIS) militants on Dec 28, 2015.
Eight Iraqi army trucks in the city of Ramadi, recaptured from the Islamic state (ISIS) militants on Dec 28, 2015.PHOTO: EPA

12 killed in ISIS attack on Iraqi police group

TIKRIT • The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group killed at least 12 members of the Iraqi security forces yesterday when several suicide attackers infiltrated a base near Tikrit, security officials said.

The target was a police group from the northern province of Nineveh that was undergoing training at the Speicher military base.

"Under the cover of fog, they broke into Speicher," said Mr Mahmud al-Sorchi, a spokesman for the paramilitary force being set up to take back ISIS-held Nineveh.

"Nineveh police managed to kill seven attackers but three were able to detonate their suicide vests," he said.

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Powerful cyclone threatening Fiji

SUVA (Fiji) • Fiji warned its residents to brace themselves for destructive winds yesterday as severe tropical cyclone Ula bore down on the Pacific nation.

Meteorologists reported the category three storm had maintained its intensity after forcing hundreds of people in neighbouring Tonga to flee their homes on Saturday.

It was packing winds of 150kmh at its centre, the Fiji Meteorological Centre said.

"Initially it showed that it was going to weaken. However, it has slowed down and maintained its intensity over the last 12 to 24 hours," director of meteorology Ravind Kumar said.

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EU warns Poland over new media law

BERLIN • EU Commissioner Gunther Oettinger threatened to put Poland on notice for infringing common European values by passing legislation giving the government control of the state media.

If the law remains in place, Warsaw could eventually lose its voting rights at the European Council, the organisation that groups the leaders of all 28 EU nations.

In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper yesterday, Mr Oettinger, who is commissioner for the digital economy and society, warned: "Many reasons exist for us to activate the 'rule of law mechanism' and for us to place Warsaw under monitoring."

His remarks come after Poland's conservative government passed legislation to give it the power to directly appoint the heads of public broadcasters.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 04, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs: 12 killed in ISIS attack on Iraqi police group'. Print Edition | Subscribe