World Briefs: 9 India schoolkids killed in suspected hit-and-run

9 India schoolkids killed in suspected hit-and-run

NEW DELHI • At least nine pupils were killed and 20 others injured in eastern India's Bihar state yesterday after a vehicle crashed into them outside their school in an apparent hit-and-run incident, police said.

"Eyewitnesses have told us that the driver didn't stop even after running over these middle-school children," said deputy inspector-general of Bihar police Anil Kumar Singh.


Red Cross workers leave over sexual misconduct

GENEVA• • The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said more than 20 workers have left the organisation since 2015 after "paying for sexual services", as it called for change in a humanitarian sector facing "a watershed moment".

Following reports of sexual misconduct involving aid workers across multiple agencies, ICRC secretary-general Yves Daccord said the organisation had conducted a thorough internal review.


Maid found dead in freezer: Couple arrested

BEIRUT• The employers of a Filipino maid found dead in a freezer in Kuwait were arrested in the Syrian capital Damascus, a Lebanese judicial official said yesterday.

The Syrian authorities surrendered Nader Essam Assaf to Beirut on Friday because of his Lebanese citizenship, but his Syrian wife Mona is in custody in Damascus, the official said.

The murder of Ms Joanna Demafelis sparked outrage in the Philippines and prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to impose a departure ban for Filipinos planning to work in Kuwait.


Britain paves way for organ transplant Bill

LONDON • Britain took a crucial step towards making all adults presumed organ donors unless they say otherwise, which would add the country to a growing list of those that have adopted the policy to address a chronic shortage for transplants.

The House of Commons on Friday gave unanimous approval to send an organ donor Bill to committee, where a final version would be hammered out.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 25, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe