World Briefs: Another Palestinian 'assailant' shot dead

Another Palestinian 'assailant' shot dead

JERUSALEM • Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian assailant and wounded another in the West Bank yesterday, police said, and two police officers were stabbed in East Jerusalem in a resurgence of violence now in its fourth day.

The death raised to five the number of alleged attackers killed since last Friday in incidents in which authorities said at least nine Israelis were wounded.


Review of Australian intelligence agencies

CANBERRA • The Australian government is set to undertake a major review of the nation's six intelligence agencies, as a response to the changing face of terrorism and the growing threat posed by cyber spying.

The review was ordered by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the wake of an online census disaster, in which foreign hackers shut down the country's first online national survey, Fairfax Media reported.

Mr Turnbull's spokesman said the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, the Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation, the Office of National Assessments, the Defence Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Geospatial Organisation and the Australian Signals Directorate would be reviewed.

Trial of death camp orderly on hold again

NEUBRANDENBURG (Germany) • A German court has again suspended the trial of a former medical orderly at the Auschwitz death camp. This is the fifth time the court case against Hubert Zafke, 95, has been put on hold since the first hearing in February because of concerns over his health.

Months into the attempt to prosecute him for at least 3,681 counts of accessory to murder, no evidence has been heard and the trial hangs by a thread.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe