World Briefs: Merkel's ally threatens court action over influx

Merkel's ally threatens court action over influx

BERLIN • A prominent allyof Germany's Angela Merkel, Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer, has threatened to take her government to court over its open-door refugee policy as political pressure grows for the Chancellor to cut the influx.

Mr Seehofer said he would send the federal government a written request within the next two weeks to restore "orderly conditions" at the nation's borders, through which one million migrants and refugees passed last year alone.


Form coalition govt,say Spanish voters

MADRID • A majority ofSpanish voters oppose holding fresh polls to resolve a political impasse caused by an inconclusive general election last month and want parties to form a coalition government instead, a survey showed yesterday.

If new elections were held the results would be similar to the December vote and the deadlock would remain, according to the poll published in top-selling daily newspaper El Pais.


100 quarantined after Ebola contact

FREETOWN • More than 100people have been quarantined in Sierra Leone after coming in contact with a woman who died of Ebola last week, highlighting the potential for the disease to spread, just as the deadliest outbreak on record appeared to be over.

The World Health Organisation has warned of possible flare-ups as survivors can carry the virus for months.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs: Merkel's ally threatens court action over influx'. Print Edition | Subscribe