World Briefs: Legionnaires' disease in NY: 12 die

Legionnaires' disease in NY: 12 die

NEW YORK • The death toll has risen to 12 from an unprecedented outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York that saw 113 people contract this form of pneumonia.

Seventy-six people have been treated and discharged from hospital since the outbreak began on July 10 in the south Bronx, a less prosperous part of New York City.

"The outbreak is tapering off," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.


Man, 91, charged with importing cocaine

SYDNEY • The Australian authorities have charged a 91-year-old man from Sydney with importing cocaine disguised as soap, as they warned travellers yesterday against becoming unwitting drug couriers.

Federal police said the suspect was charged last month over 4.5kg of cocaine allegedly brought into Sydney in his luggage from India.


Left-winger may lead UK Labour Party: Poll

LONDON • A left-wing lawmaker who entered the leadership race of Britain's opposition Labour Party as a wild card may be on course to win with a commanding lead, a poll showed late on Monday.

Support for veteran socialist and anti-nuclear campaigner Jeremy Corbyn, 66, has risen to give him the backing of more than half of those eligible to vote in the contest, according to the poll by YouGov.


Teenager dies in bungee jump tragedy

MADRID • A 17-year-old Dutch tourist died in a bungee jump from a bridge in northern Spain, officials said yesterday.

The girl plummeted 40m, landing on a dry river bed, in the town of Cabezon de la Sal in Cantabria.

"Apparently, she was not fully secured when she jumped," Mayor Esther Merino said.


Turkish warplanes hit 17 Kurdish targets

ANKARA/DIYARBAKIR • Turkish warplanes hit 17 Kurdish militant targets in the south-eastern province of Hakkari on Monday and yesterday, the military said, as it ratchets up an offensive against the insurgents.

Turkey has been buffeted by increased fighting between its military and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, which has waged a three-decade insurgency for greater Kurdish autonomy.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 12, 2015, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Subscribe