World Briefs: New Zealand finalises vote on preferred flag

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.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 16, 2015, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe