World Briefs: Calm in Milwaukee amid curfew

Calm in Milwaukee amid curfew

MILWAUKEE • Milwaukee's curfew on teenagers and community leaders' calls for restraint brought relative calm to the city overnight after two nights of riots sparked by the fatal shooting of a black man by a black police officer.

Sylville Smith, 23, was killed on Saturday afternoon after he was stopped for acting suspiciously and then fled. Authorities said he was carrying an illegal handgun and refused orders to drop it when he was shot.

Peaceful demonstrations in the Sherman Park area where Smith died turned into violent protests on Saturday and Sunday nights.


Austrian train passengers stabbed

VIENNA • A mentally ill man from Germany seriously wounded two passengers in a knife attack on a regional train in western Austria yesterday, police said, ruling out a terrorist act.

The 60-year-old was travelling to the city of Bregenz, in Vorarlberg state, early yesterday when he suddenly jumped up and stabbed a 19-year-old man in the stomach and back.


Vaccination campaign in Africa

GENEVA • The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday said one of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa will start in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo this week.

A yellow fever outbreak in Africa has so far killed more than 400 people and left thousands more ill. The WHO is coordinating 56 global partners to vaccinate more than 14 million people against yellow fever in over 8,000 locations.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe