World Briefs: US mobster Gotti's grandson arrested

US mobster Gotti's grandson arrested

NEW YORK • The namesake grandson of New York mobster John Gotti has been arrested and charged with violent crimes, including a bank holdup, acting US Attorney Bridget Rohde said.

John Gotti, 23, allegedly took part in a holdup in April 2012 of the Maspeth Federal Savings and Loan Association, in the New York borough of Queens, according to Ms Rohde and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Gotti was arraigned on Wednesday before a federal judge on the charges, notably for arson and theft, with the judge ordering his detention.


Australia presses China for economic reforms

CANBERRA • Australia urged China yesterday to press ahead with economic reforms as Premier Li Keqiang began a trade-focused visit amid growing fears of a United States slide towards protectionism.

China is Australia's largest trade partner, and its economic importance has grown in the Trump era after the US President ripped into Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a decorum-breaking phone call, fraying relations.


Former Russian MP shot dead in Ukraine

KIEV • A former Russian lawmaker who fled Moscow for Ukraine and became critical of President Vladimir Putin was shot dead in Kiev.

Mr Denis Voronenkov was killed yesterday morning near a hotel in the centre of Ukraine's capital.

The assailant, who was wounded by Mr Voronenkov's bodyguard, later died in hospital, the police said.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the shooting an act of Russian "state terrorism", an accusation the Kremlin said was "absurd".


Jewish youth arrested over alleged threats

JERUSALEM • A Jewish youth was arrested in Israel yesterday on suspicion of making dozens of anti-Semitic threats in countries around the world. The suspect, 19, was "a resident of the south (of Israel) from the Jewish community", police said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe