World briefs : Stricter punishments for stone-throwers

Stricter punishments for stone-throwers

JERUSALEM • Israel's Parliament has increased penalties to up to 20 years' jail for throwing stones at vehicles and roads, a move one Palestinian official branded as racist and excessive.

Lawmakers voted 69 to 17 to increase the punishments, approving legislation proposed after a wave of Palestinian protests last year in East Jerusalem.


Trump 'must say sorry to military families'

WASHINGTON • Senator John McCain has urged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to apologise to military families for saying prisoners of war are not heroes.

It was his first response to Mr Trump's remark that he did not think Mr McCain, a US war prisoner for more than five years during the Vietnam War, was a hero because he was captured. The real estate mogul has refused to apologise.


Burundi polls rocked by explosions, gunfire

BUJUMBURA • Blasts and gunfire marred Burundi's presidential polls yesterday, with a policeman and an opposition member killed.

The election was already hit by opposition boycotts and weeks of protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term - which opponents claim violates the Constitution.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2015, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe