Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn vandalised
NEW YORK • Five tombstones were overturned in a historic Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn, the latest in a spate of apparently anti-Semitic incidents across the United States, media reports said yesterday.
CNN reported that the act of vandalism at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn was being investigated by a hate-crime task force of the New York City Police Department.
In recent weeks, there have been scores of bomb threats against US Jewish organisations and at least three other Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated.
Fresh US air raids target Al-Qaeda in Yemen
ADEN • The United States has launched a new wave of air raids against Al-Qaeda in Yemen, as militants fled from towns being targeted to mountainous areas, security sources said.
At least five early morning raids yesterday hit targets linked to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the southern Shabwa and central Baida provinces, said security sources.
Al-Qaeda has exploited a power vacuum created by two years of war between Yemen's government and Shi'ite rebels who control the capital to consolidate its presence, particularly in the south and east.
IMF, Ukraine agree on preliminary deal for aid
KIEV • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) last Saturday said it had reached a preliminary agreement with Ukraine that could see the war-scarred and cashed-starved nation receive fresh aid in the first half of the year.
The news was particularly good for the former Soviet republic because the IMF statement referred to a loan of US$1 billion (S$1.41 billion) and not the lesser sums discussed in earlier months.
The IMF had dragged its feet in disbursing help to Ukraine because of Kiev's unwillingness to follow though on tough belt-tightening measures.