New Zealand finalises vote on preferred flag
WELLINGTON • A flag with a silver fern on a black-and-blue background was confirmed yesterday as New Zealand's preferred option, if the country decides to replace its current standard.
The counting of late and overseas votes from a recent referendum on the flag confirmed the preliminary results released last week, electoral commission officials said.
Iran impounds 40,000 cars for hijab offences
TEHERAN • Iran has impounded tens of thousands of cars since March because women inside the vehicles had not properly covered their hair with a headscarf, Teheran's traffic police chief said yesterday.
"Over the past eight months, more than 40,000 cases of bad hijab (headscarf) have been dealt with," said Brigadier-General Teymour Hosseini, quoted by ISNA news agency. Police warned last month that women who fail to observe the hijab rule while driving would have their cars impounded for a week.
Suspect nabbed over Paris attacks
PARIS • A 29-year-old man was arrested yesterday as part of the vast investigation into last month’s attacks on the city that left 130 dead, a judicial source said. The probe has seen 2,700 police raids and 360 people placed under house arrest since the attacks, which triggered a nationwide state of emergency.
Two men are already in custody, accused of providing accommodation to the suspected ringleader of the attack.