World Briefs: French minister quits over jobs scandal

Scottish MPs to vote on referendum

EDINBURGH • The Scottish Parliament was expected to vote for a second independence referendum yesterday, amid dire warnings about the damage that the ongoing constitutional wrangling was having on Scotland's economy.

Lawmakers were set to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call for a second referendum after a two-day debate. British Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested she will rebuff Ms Sturgeon's demand for a referendum re-match before Britain leaves the European Union.


French minister quits over jobs scandal

PARIS • France's Interior Minister, Mr Bruno Le Roux, has resigned after a financial prosecution office said that it was opening a preliminary investigation into parliamentary jobs he gave to his daughters.

Mr Le Roux said he had done nothing wrong as he announced his resignation at a news conference in Bobigny, north-east of Paris.

But, he said, he was resigning so as not to distract from "the daily fight against terrorism, against crime".


War crimes court set to award damages

THE HAGUE • Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) may tomorrow award the tribunal's first monetary sums to victims of war crimes, with lawyers estimating some US$16.4 million (S$23 million) in damages were caused by a 2003 attack on a Congolese village.

The order for reparations for 304 victims of former Congolese warlord Germain Katanga is set to be a landmark step for the world's only permanent war crimes court.


Trump to attend Nato summit in May

WASHINGTON • The White House has confirmed that President Donald Trump will join fellow Nato leaders for a key summit on May 25 in Brussels, as the United States administration seeks to quash questions about Mr Trump's support for the alliance.

The Trump administration has been scrambling to reaffirm its commitment to Washington's military alliances - including Nato - after the Republican billionaire called into question their usefulness during the presidential race.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe