World Briefs: Corbyn to detail Labour's agenda

Corbyn to detail Labour's agenda

LONDON • Britain's revitalised opposition Labour Party kicked off its annual conference yesterday with leader Jeremy Corbyn set to lay out his party's agenda on Wednesday.

The left-of-centre party is now polling higher than Prime Minister Theresa May's governing Conservatives. As Labour has yet to set out a clear position on Brexit, the country will be looking for a clear indication of Mr Corbyn's plan.


Retirement age: 'Nay' likely in Swiss vote

ZURICH • Swiss voters were set to reject raising women's retirement age to 65 in a referendum on shoring up the stretched pension system as a wave of baby boomers stops working, projections by broadcaster SRF showed yesterday.

The package being decided included making retirement between the ages of 62 and 70 more flexible and raising the standard value-added tax rate from 2021.

"That is no life," said a 49-year-old woman who gave her name only as Angie. "You go straight from work to the graveyard."


Teen nabbed in London 'acid' attack

LONDON • A 15-year-old was arrested after six people were injured in a suspected acid attack.

Police were called to the Stratford Centre in east London where a noxious substance was sprayed during an argument between two groups of males late on Saturday. They said the incident was not terror-related.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe