World Briefs: 1,500-year-old find in Peru shrine

1,500-year-old find in Peru shrine

LIMA • Archaeologists in Peru have unearthed a 1,500-year-old frieze with human figures believed to be from the indigenous Moche culture, the latest find at a site famous for its pre-Incan treasures.

The discovery, in Peru's northern La Libertad region, was made at the Huaca de la Luna, or Shrine of the Moon, the El Comercio newspaper reported on Sunday.

Ten sculpted human figures on the work measure 1.6m tall, archaeologists working at the site told the paper. The Huaca de la Luna sanctuary, which pre-dates the Spanish conquest, is located a few kilometres outside the current city of Trujillo, and is a site rich in ancient archaeological treasures.


Sudan sends troops to support Yemen

ADEN • A 400-strong Sudanese force arrived in Yemen's port city Aden yesterday in support of pro-government forces preparing to confront a possible new offensive by rebels on the country's southern front.

Yemen's loyalist forces, backed by Saudi-led coalition strikes, supplies and troops, pushed the rebels out of Aden as part of an operation launched in July to take back southern territories lost to renegade forces.

Four other southern provinces - Lahj, Daleh, Abyan and Shabwa - were also retaken by the forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.


Europe shuts down Iran cyberspy group

FRANKFURT • European authorities have taken action to shut down a cyber espionage operation linked to Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard in the first operation of its kind since Teheran signed a nuclear treaty, according to security researchers who located computers used to launch attacks.

The hacker group has mounted cyber attacks on high-profile political and defence figures globally since that time.

The action is likely to hamper Teheran's efforts to gather sensitive intelligence from rivals, including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, the United States and Venezuela, which were among the nations targeted. REUTERS

Victorian prisons to become homes

LONDON • Some of Britain's gloomy Victorian prisons, including the one where Oscar Wilde was held for homosexuality, could be turned into homes for thousands of people under plans announced by the government yesterday.

The 19th century red-brick buildings, which were built close to city centres and are now often in desirable locations, are to be broken up into 3,000 homes. New prisons will then be built to house the inmates.

The first to be sold will be Reading prison, which was built in 1844 and closed in 2013. The ministry declined to give details on exactly how many and which prisons would be on the list.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 10, 2015, with the headline 'World Briefs: 1,500-year-old find in Peru shrine'. Print Edition | Subscribe