French prosecutor to probe Fillon scandal
PARIS • France's financial prosecutor said yesterday she would pursue a probe into fake work allegations involving presidential candidate Francois Fillon, dealing a new blow to the former prime minister's faltering campaign.
A three-week-old scandal over whether Mr Fillon's wife received thousands of euros in taxpayers' money, paid to her as a parliamentary aide, has cost the conservative his status as favourite to win the presidency in May.
At least nine killed in Baghdad suicide blast
BAGHDAD • A suicide bomber on Wednesday detonated an explosives-laden vehicle in a Shi'ite majority neighbourhood of Baghdad, killing at least nine people. Thirty others were wounded in the explosion in the Habibiya area in northern Baghdad.
200 flights axed ahead of Berlin airport strike
BERLIN • Around 200 flights were cancelled ahead of a strike over pay by ground staff at Berlin's two airports yesterday. There were 146 cancellations at Tegel and 54 at Schoenefeld, and 12 flights were redirected to other German airports, a spokesman for Berlin's airports said.
Warplanes strike house in Yemen, killing 10
SANAA • Warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition struck a house north of Yemen's capital where a crowd of mourners was gathered, residents said yesterday, killing nine women and a child and injuring dozens. The Saudi-led coalition said it was investigating reports of civilian casualties in the area.
Palm trees beside Milan cathedral spark row
ROME • The sudden appearance of palm trees next to Milan's famous cathedral has sparked a row over the use of non-native plants beside an iconic Italian landmark. The planting project is sponsored by Starbucks, the United States coffee giant preparing for an assault on the nation's network of independent bars.
Yahoo notifies users of account breach
SAN FRANCISCO • Yahoo said it was notifying some users that hackers may have been able to use a manoeuvre to break into their accounts without stealing passwords.
The latest notifications were in response to the record breach disclosed late last year affecting an estimated one billion users.