World Briefs: Melania Trump gets back to public duty

Melania Trump gets back to public duty

WASHINGTON • US First Lady Melania Trump attended a reception honouring military families at the White House on Monday, marking her return to public life after an absence of more than three weeks.

Mrs Trump, who had last been seen with President Donald Trump on May 10, made no official remarks at the closed-door reception.

The White House previously said she underwent a surgical procedure on May 14 to treat a benign kidney condition and was released from hospital on May 19.


$3m for skeleton of rare dinosaur

PARIS • The skeleton of an extremely rare form of dinosaur has been sold for more than €2 million (S$3 million).

The bones of what scientists believe to be "probably a new species" of the carnivorous allosaurus were discovered during a dig in the United States in 2013.

The 150-million-year-old skeleton was snapped up in Paris on Monday by an unnamed French art collector.



Swedish papers to China: Free publisher

STOCKHOLM • Dozens of Swedish newspapers yesterday called for China to release publisher Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swede who vanished into Chinese custody in January under murky circumstances.

Mr Gui, one of five Hong Kong-based booksellers known for publishing gossipy titles about Chinese political leaders, was arrested on a train to Beijing while travelling with two Swedish diplomats.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe