World Briefs: EU not intimidated by Britain's 'threats'

EU not intimidated by Britain's 'threats'

STRASBOURG • The European Union will not bow to British "threats" that it will walk away from Brexit talks without a deal, the bloc's president, Mr Donald Tusk, said yesterday.

Mr Tusk said Britain would come off worse than the 27 other EU members if the two-year negotiation process ended without an agreement on the terms of its departure.

"We will not be intimidated by threats and I can assure you they simply will not work," Mr Tusk told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.


Twin bombings strike Damascus

DAMASCUS • Two suicide bombs went off in Damascus yesterday, including an attack at a central courthouse that killed at least 32 people.

Syria's war has entered its seventh year, with the regime now claiming the upper hand.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts, the second wave of attacks in the capital in less than a week after twin bombings killed 74 on Saturday. However, they came with the rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's regime increasingly divided and dispirited after a series of battlefield setbacks.


At least 50 killed in Afghan hospital attack

KABUL • Afghan officials sharply increased the tally of dead in an attack last week on a military hospital, saying yesterday that at least 50 people, including patients and staff members, were killed.

Twenty-four people have been arrested in connection with the March 8 attack, including Afghan generals.

The arrests were for a variety of charges, including negligence, incompetence, and complicity, and came as Afghan news reports and social media accounts claimed that the toll was actually in the hundreds.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe