World Briefs: Nato tackles migrant smugglers in Aegean

Nato tackles migrant smugglers in Aegean

BRUSSELS • Nato yesterday overcame sharp differences between long-time rivals Greece and Turkey to finalise an unprecedented mission to tackle migrant smugglers in the Aegean sea.

US-led Nato launched the operation two weeks ago, aiming to help the European Union cope with its worst migrant crisis since World War II, but longstanding disputes between Athens and Ankara over Aegean airspace and territorial waters held up agreement on the operational details.


Aussies act after man tests positive for Zika

SYDNEY • Australia yesterday stepped up the fight against Zika, spraying homes and businesses near a hotel in the north after a guest tested positive for the disease and mosquitoes carrying the virus were detected.

The Queensland authorities said the man did not contract the disease locally but on a trip to South America.


'Wow', Facebook users can be 'sad' or 'angry'

WASHINGTON • Feeling outraged, tickled or touched by something you spotted on Facebook? Now you can say so, after the social media giant added five new reactions to its basic "like" button.

"Love", "haha", "wow", "sad" and "angry" - the "reactions" rolled out globally on Wednesday. Notably absent from the new emoticons is a "dislike" button, something sought for years by Facebook users, but which has been ruled out by the California company to avoid a barrage of hateful expressions.


Europe to launch extra pair of satellites

PARIS • Europe will launch an extra pair of satellites this year in a bid to speed up full deployment of its multi-billion-euro Galileo sat-nav system, launch firm Arianespace said yesterday.

The additional launch from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, is planned for May, followed by an already scheduled four-satellite launch towards the end of the year, the company said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2016, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe