World Briefs: Belgian authorities ban dating site's ad campaign

Belgian authorities ban dating site's ad campaign

BRUSSELS • The authorities in the Belgian capital Brussels have banned an advertising campaign for a dating website putting young women in touch with rich older men, that politicians said encouraged prostitution.

Billboards promoting the site were seen on lorries around the city's university quarter at the start of the academic year.

The site's founder has denied the service was leading to prostitution.


El Capitan rockslide in Yosemite park kills one

LOS ANGELES • One person was killed and another injured when a rockslide from the famed El Capitan granite monolith in Yosemite National Park in California rained boulders onto a popular hiking trail, a park spokesman said.

Search and rescue teams responded to the scene after the incident on Wednesday.

Yosemite remained open and visitor services were not affected, the spokesman said.


US hospital ship bound for storm-hit Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON • The US Navy will send hospital ship USNS Comfort to Puerto Rico, which has been hit by Hurricane Maria.

The ship, equipped to carry as many as 1,000 hospital beds, 12 operating rooms and one of America's largest trauma units, is due to arrive in Puerto Rico by the middle of next week.

Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had urged President Donald Trump to deploy the ship.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe