World Briefs: Canadian PM invited terrorist to dinner

Canadian PM invited terrorist to dinner

NEW DELHI • Canadian officials have admitted a Sikh extremist convicted of attempting to murder an Indian minister had been invited to dinner with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in New Delhi, in the latest controversy to dog the premier's week-long visit to India.

A statement confirmed that Jaspal Atwal's invitation to yesterday's official event had been rescinded.


Trump's parents-in-law take up US PR

WASHINGTON • US First Lady Melania Trump's parents have become permanent US residents, their lawyer said on Wednesday, apparently taking advantage of a family unification programme pilloried by the President.

Mr Viktor Knavs and Mrs Amalija Knavs, like their daughter, are from Slovenia. They appear to have taken advantage of a system that allows naturalised citizens to sponsor visas for close family members.


Israel foils terror plot to down plane

JERUSALEM • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that intelligence provided by his country foiled a plot by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group to bring down a plane from Australia.

The time and route of the flight were not revealed. Last year, Australia arrested two men and charged them with plotting to bring down an Etihad Airways passenger jet destined to fly to Abu Dhabi from Sydney.


Prince Harry, fiancee in terror scare

LONDON • A letter with white powder was sent to Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle, the Evening Standard newspaper reported yesterday, saying it was also believed to contain a racist message.

The paper said that officers from the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism command were called in after the letter was received on Feb 12 at a sorting office in St James's Palace in central London.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe