World Briefs: 11 held in far-right group probe in UK

11 held in far-right group probe in UK

LONDON • British police said they had arrested 11 men yesterday, including five on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, as part of an investigation into the banned far-right group National Action.

The 11 men, aged between 22 and 35, were arrested in different parts of England and Wales and are suspected of being members of the organisation.


Twitter to double character cap in trial

NEW YORK • The days of Twitter limiting messages to 140 characters, a signature of the social network since its launch in 2006, may be numbered.

Twitter said on Tuesday it would begin a test with a random sample of users, allowing them to send tweets that are as long as 280 characters - double the existing cap - in most languages around the world.


Interpol approves Palestine as member

JERUSALEM • Palestine joined Interpol as a member state yesterday, a move opposed by Israel, in a vote at the international police organisation's general assembly in Beijing, Interpol said.

"The State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands are now Interpol member countries," an Interpol tweet read.

The Palestine Liberation Organisation said on Twitter that more than 75 per cent of Interpol members voted to approve membership.


Kennedy's boat to go under the hammer

NEW YORK • A speedboat once owned by the late US president John F. Kennedy will be auctioned next month along with other memorabilia, such as letters, cigars, a bomber jacket and a couple of his rocking chairs.

The mahogany boat was acquired by the late president's father in 1961. Guernsey's auction house plans to sell the boat and other items on Oct 6 and 7.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe