World Briefs: Fighting flares amid fears of South Sudan civil war

Fighting flares amid fears of South Sudan civil war

JUBA • Fighting flared in South Sudan late on Saturday in the south-west region between forces loyal to the president and the opposition, after fierce fighting last month in Juba raised fears of a slide back into civil war.

Mr Steven Lodu Onseimo, the information minister for Yei region where Saturday's clashes took place, said two civilians and a soldier were killed but added that the area was calm yesterday.


Swedish minister quits over drink-driving

STOCKHOLM • Sweden's youngest ever Cabinet minister, who came to the country as a refugee from Bosnia, has announced her resignation after being caught driving under the influence of alcohol.

Ms Aida Hadzialic, 29, said on Saturday she had been stopped by police in the southern city of Malmo and tests showed she had an alcohol level of 0.2 grammes per litre of blood - just the level considered an offence in Sweden.


SpaceX lands used rocket on floating platform

WASHINGTON • SpaceX successfully landed a reusable Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship at sea yesterday after the vehicle had sent a Japanese communications satellite into orbit.

This was the California-based company's eighth launch this year and the fourth time it has vertically landed a used Falcon 9 rocket aboard a floating platform at sea.


36 killed in Democratic Republic of Congo clashes

KINSHASA • Suspected rebels killed at least 36 civilians in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the provincial governor said yesterday, marking the deadliest massacre in the conflict-ravaged region this year.

The assailants hacked to death 22 men and 14 women late on Saturday in their homes and fields on the outskirts of the local commercial hub of Beni.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe