World Briefs: Italy's Colosseum closes over staff dispute

Italy's Colosseum closes over staff dispute

ROME • Thousands of tourists were left fuming in sweltering Rome yesterday, after the Colosseum was closed for hours without notice because of a union meeting of security staff.

A similar shutdown occurred at Pompeii, another popular site, over the summer. All other major archaeological sites in and around Rome closed temporarily due to a dispute over staff being asked to manually check visitors' bags, which they say makes their jobs impossible.


Man shot dead by German police after stabbing cop

BERLIN • An Iraqi man who spent time in jail for being a member of an Islamist terrorist group was shot dead by German police after he stabbed a policewoman.

A prosecution spokesman said he was convicted in 2008 of planning an attack in Berlin against former Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi. Police said the man, 41, was said to be acting aggressively on Thursday. When the 44-year-old policewoman approached him, he stabbed her with a knife.

One of her colleagues opened fire, killing the man and accidentally shooting the policewoman who was stabbed.


43 missing students: Man held in Mexico

MEXICO CITY • Mexican police have detained a suspected senior member of a drug cartel alleged to be behind the disappearance of 43 college students last September.

Gildardo Lopez Astudillo, 36, was caught in Taxco, Guerrero, on Wednesday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2015, with the headline 'World Briefs: Italy's Colosseum closes over staff dispute'. Print Edition | Subscribe