48-hour truce to end Yemen conflict
SANAA • A 48-hour truce aimed at ending more than a year of war in Yemen began yesterday, although residents said fighting was still going on in parts of the country. More than 10,000 Yemenis have been killed in the war.
US officials in Australia to assess asylum seekers
SYDNEY • United States officials have arrived in Australia to begin assessing asylum seekers held on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and Nauru for resettlement in the US, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said yesterday. The US would take a large number of the 1,200 refugees.
Soul singer Sharon Jones dies of cancer
NEW YORK • Sharon Jones, the soul singer and powerful voice of the Dap-Kings band, died last Friday of pancreatic cancer. It had been in remission but returned last year. She was 60.
Pope Francis names 17 new cardinals
VATICAN CITY • Pope Francis created 17 new cardinals from across the globe yesterday, elevating them to an elite body that advises and elects popes. The new cardinals are picked from different corners of the world, including the US and Bangladesh.