World Briefs: Germany to hit 1m migrant arrivals

Germany to hit 1m migrant arrivals

BERLIN • Germany registered 964,574 new asylum seekers in the first 11 months of the year, putting Europe's top economy on track for a million arrivals this year, official figures showed yesterday.

Some 206,000 migrants arrived last month alone, a new monthly record, up from a previous high of 181,166 in October.


No explosives found on diverted plane

BUDAPEST • Police said they found no explosives on a German passenger plane after it diverted to Budapest yesterday following a bomb threat.

The jet operated by Condor airlines, heading from Berlin to Hurghada in Egypt, had turned back from Serbian airspace after the alert.


29 workers in oil rig blaze still missing

BAKU • Hopes in Azerbaijan dimmed yesterday for 29 oil workers still missing three days after a storm caused their offshore oil rig to catch fire as the state energy company, Socar, pressed on with the search.

Socar, whose oil platform in the Caspian Sea caught fire last Friday, refused to declare the missing workers dead.


Palestinian jailed by Israeli military court

JERUSALEM • A prominent Palestinian lawmaker has been jailed for 15 months by an Israeli military court, the military confirmed yesterday.

Khalida Jarrar, a senior member of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was arrested in April on a series of charges, including encouraging attacks against Israel and violating a travel ban.


Transgender actress dies of cancer

NEW YORK • Holly Woodlawn, a transgender actress who achieved underground stardom with her performance in the 1970 film Trash, died on Sunday. She was 69. The cause was cancer, according to The Associated Press, citing a friend and former caretaker of Woodlawn.


Turkey slams Russia for 'provocation'

ANKARA • Turkey summoned the Russian ambassador yesterday over a "provocation" after a serviceman on the deck of a Russian naval ship allegedly brandished a rocket launcher while the vessel passed through Istanbul at the weekend.

Relations have deteriorated sharply since Turkey last month became the first Nato member in over half a century to down a Russian plane, which it said had violated its airspace.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2015, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe