Close fight in Iceland's national elections
REYKJAVIK • Angry over a string of political scandals, Icelanders may have ushered a long dominant centre-right party out of the exit door in national elections yesterday, handing power to a charismatic centre-left opposition leader.
Ms Katrin Jakobsdottir, 41, of the Left-Green Movement, has campaigned on a platform of restoring trust in government and leveraging on an economic boom to increase public spending. Both her party and the ruling conservative Independence Party have polled around 20 per cent for most of this month.
Whichever party wins will likely nominate a prime minister.
Burundi first to leave UN war crimes tribunal
THE HAGUE • Burundi has become the first nation to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC), set up some 15 years ago to prosecute those behind the world's worst atrocities.
The move on Friday came a year to the day after Bujumbura officially notified the United Nations that it was quitting the world's only permanent war crimes tribunal.
"The ICC has shown itself to be a political instrument and weapon used by the West to enslave (other states)," said presidential office spokesman Willy Nyamitwe.
Three suspects named in fireworks factory blaze
JAKARTA • Three suspects have been named in connection with a deadly blaze at an Indonesian fireworks factory that killed 48 workers and was caused by sparks from welding equipment, police said yesterday.
They are factory owner Indra Liyono, the company's operational director Andri Hartanto, and welding equipment operator Subarna Ega.
The trio could face a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of 500 million rupiah (S$50,000) for workplace negligence resulting in death.