World Briefs: Macron's popularity slumps

Macron's popularity slumps

PARIS • French President Emmanuel Macron has suffered a fresh slump in popularity, with just a 30 per cent approval rating among voters, according to the YouGov France poll published yesterday. Mr Macron, who saw his rating fall for the second consecutive month, acknowledged last week that some voters are disappointed with his government's actions so far.


Turkey pursues stolen artefacts

ANKARA • Turkey is seeking the return of thousands of historical Anatolian artefacts smuggled abroad during the Ottoman Empire and in modern times, and its efforts are paying off despite many challenges. It is using both diplomatic and legal means to pursue the country's stolen history by training Customs officers to identify stolen artefacts.


12 hurt as car sprays flames on crowd

SYDNEY • One person was in a critical condition yesterday and 11 others were battling serious injuries after a car at a drag-racing event in Australia sprayed burning fuel over the crowd. The incident happened at the Red CentreNATS event in Alice Springs on Sunday, with footage showing fuel igniting and flames being thrown over fans from a car.


Burundi's crimes against humanity

GENEVA • United Nations investigators yesterday accused Burundi's government of crimes against humanity, including executions and torture, and urged the International Criminal Court to open a case "as soon as possible". The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Burundi said it had "reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed".


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe