World Briefs: Canada set to legalise recreational marijuana

Canada set to legalise recreational marijuana

OTTAWA • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party will introduce legislation in the coming weeks that would legalise the recreational use of marijuana in Canada by mid-2018, according to reports.

Passage of the Bill would make Canada the first Group of Seven country to legalise the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. The legislation will be unveiled on the week of April 10 and passed by July next year, public broadcaster CBC said.


Woman burned by exploding basketball

SYDNEY • A woman in Australia suffered burns to her face and arms when a basketball exploded as she picked it up, police said yesterday as they sought an explanation for the bizarre incident.

Detectives said the 21-year-old was walking along a beach in Melbourne when she spotted the ball on the sand.

"As she went to pick it up, it exploded, leaving her with burns to her face, head and forearms," Victoria state police said.


Trump, Xi to meet next week in Florida

WASHINGTON • Mr Donald Trump will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 6-7 at the United States President's Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida, a source familiar with the meeting said yesterday.

It will be their first face-to-face meeting since Mr Trump took office on Jan 20. The US leader played host to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.


Uber's self-driving cars back on US roads

SAN FRANCISCO • Uber said its self-driving cars were being put back in action in San Francisco, Arizona and Pennsylvania after a weekend crash prompted the ride-sharing giant to halt testing.


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