World briefs

Shanmugam visiting Cuba

FOREIGN and Law Minister K. Shanmugam is on an official visit to Cuba from today to Wednesday.

In Havana, he will have meetings with Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz

and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez Parilla. Mr Shanmugam will also visit Santiago de Cuba where he will meet provincial government head Reinaldo Garcia Zapata, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement yesterday.

300 Chinese face charges in Italy

ROME - Italian prosecutors have asked for some 300 Chinese nationals and the Bank of China's Milan branch to be tried for money laundering and tax evasion.

Prosecutors in Tuscany made the request following a probe into criminal networks in the region, long home to a large Chinese community that has drawn fire in the past for running clothes factories in sweatshop conditions.

The investigation, dubbed "River of Money", began in 2008.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2015, with the headline 'World briefs'. Subscribe