World Briefs: New military and intelligence chiefs

New military and intelligence chiefs

JAKARTA • Indonesian MPs have unanimously approved President Joko Widodo's picks for military and state intelligence agency chiefs.

They were given the nod on Friday, reported the Jakarta Globe. General Gatot Nurmantyo, the army's chief of staff, will be the new military chief, while retired army general and former Jakarta governor Sutiyoso will lead the State Intelligence Agency.

Another doctor gets Mers at Seoul hospital

SEOUL • Another doctor at Seoul's Samsung Medical Centre, which has been the epicentre of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) outbreak, has contracted the deadly virus.

The 25-year-old female doctor has become the 185th person infected with the virus in South Korea, the Health Ministry said yesterday. The gigantic hospital now accounts for 90 out of 185 confirmed cases.


Philippine ferry disaster: 19 charged

MANILA • The Philippine police have filed murder charges against the owner and crew of a passenger ferry that capsized last Thursday, killing 59, an official has said.

The charges were filed on Friday in the central city of Ormoc over the sinking of the Kim Nirvana ship, regional police chief Asher Dolina said yesterday.

A total of 19 were charged, including the ship's operator, captain and all 17 crew members, he added.

All are in police custody.

Migrants breach fences at French port

LONDON • Dozens of migrants trying to stow away on vehicles crossing the Channel Tunnel between France and Britain broke through perimeter fences at France's Calais port overnight, temporarily halting traffic, a Eurotunnel spokesman said yesterday.

Both freight and passenger services were temporarily halted during the night but are now running normally, he added.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 05, 2015, with the headline 'World Briefs: New military and intelligence chiefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe