Mass food poisoning outbreak at Iraqi camp
ERBIL (Iraq) • A woman and a child died and hundreds fell ill in a mass outbreak of food poisoning at a camp for displaced people east of the Iraqi city of Mosul, officials said.
More than 300 people were hospitalised after breaking their Ramadan fast with an iftar meal on Monday night, said aid groups.
Many of the camp residents had fled fighting around Mosul as Iraqi government forces and their allies press an offensive to push militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria out of the northern city.
Trump criticises judge after legal setback
WASHINGTON • US President Donald Trump yesterday criticised a San Francisco-based federal appeals court one day after it handed him a legal setback by refusing to revive his travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority nations.
But the Supreme Court, which leans conservative after Mr Trump's appointee won confirmation as the ninth justice, could act as soon as this week on his administration's request to reinstate the order.
Russia warns of impact from Qatar blockade
MOSCOW • Russia yesterday warned that the blockade against Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies would make it harder to reach a peaceful end to the war in Syria, after President Vladimir Putin discussed the crisis with Saudi King Salman.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt earlier this month suspended ties with Qatar over the emirate's alleged support for extremists, banning all flights to and from Doha and shutting down the offices of the country's national carrier, among other actions.
German policewoman shot by man in brawl
BERLIN • A German man yesterday shot a 26-year old policewoman in the head using a gun he had grabbed from another officer at a Munich train station, police said, adding there was no indication of a link to terrorism. The officer's injuries were considered life-threatening.
The 37-year-old man, who had been involved in a brawl, shoved a policeman on the platform and grabbed his gun as a train was entering the station. The shooter, who was also injured in the incident, was arrested. Two other people were also hurt but their lives are not in danger, said police.