World Briefs: Drought-hit Cape Town pushes back 'Day Zero'

Drought-hit Cape Town pushes back 'Day Zero'

CAPE TOWN • South Africa's drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero", when taps are expected to run dry, to July 9 from June 4 owing to a decline in water usage, the city's deputy mayor said yesterday.

Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said that over the past week, the city's water consumption has been lowered to 523 million litres per day as residents reduce usage. In addition, the Groenland farmers association also released water from their private reservoirs into the Steenbras storage dam.


Aussie DPM loses support of party branch

SYDNEY • A state branch of the Australian National Party has pulled its support for Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce because of his extramarital affair, its leader said yesterday, opening a new rift in the ruling coalition.

Mr Joyce, the National Party's federal leader, has refused to resign, maintaining he has the support of his party. But Ms Mia Davies, leader of his party's Western Australian branch, said in a statement that she had informed Mr Joyce yesterday he no longer had their support.


Ex-Peruvian leader could face another trial

LIMA • Peru's former leader Alberto Fujimori, who was pardoned for corruption and human rights abuse and freed from jail by the current president, could face another trial, a court has said.

The National Criminal Court's Court B ruled on Monday that the pardon would not excuse Fujimori, 79, from future trials involving the death of six people killed by a paramilitary group in the town of Pativilca in 1992, during his 10-year rule.


Firm in UAE unveils camel-based baby milk

DUBAI • A United Arab Emirates-based company has unveiled what it calls the world's first camel-based baby formula, an instant powder mix aimed mainly at infants allergic to cow's milk. The Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products, or "Camelicious", on Monday unveiled the product, which it says is suitable for children aged one to three.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe