World Briefs: Mueller seeking White House papers

Mueller seeking White House papers

WASHINGTON • Independent prosecutor Robert Mueller has asked for documents about some of US President Donald Trump's most scrutinised actions since taking office, including the firing of his national security adviser and FBI director, according to White House officials.

The requests provide the most details to date about the breadth of Mr Mueller's investigation, and show that several aspects of his inquiry are focused squarely on Mr Trump's behaviour in the White House.


Thousands gather for Barcelona rally

BARCELONA • Barcelona is bracing itself for more protests after campaigners for Catalan independence scuffled overnight with Spanish police cracking down on plans for a referendum on secession.

Thousands of people, mainly retirees and college students, gathered in downtown Barcelona yesterday for a second day of demonstrations marked by a carnival atmosphere, a shift in tone from the night before.


New Zealand to ease fuel rationing

WELLINGTON • New Zealand will partially ease fuel rationing on Thursday night, a spokesman for the country's oil industry said, a sign that the five-day fuel shortage is subsiding.

Over 120 flights have been cancelled this week in Auckland after the single privately owned pipeline that carries jet fuel from a refinery to the city's airport was damaged.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe