No let-up to fighting in South Sudan
JUBA (South Sudan) • More fighting erupted in South Sudan's capital yesterday, a day after the United Nations Security Council told rivals President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar to rein in their forces. Since Thursday, scores of people have been killed in fighting between troops loyal to Mr Kiir and soldiers backing Mr Machar, a former rebel leader. The fighting has raised fears of a return to full-blown conflict.
Sanders to join Clinton at rally
WASHINGTON • US Senator Bernie Sanders plans to join fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton today at a rally in New Hampshire, an appearance where he is expected to endorse his rival.
Mr Sanders has resisted endorsing Mrs Clinton since she clinched the Democratic nomination last month, instead choosing to continue his campaign as leverage to win concessions on his progressive policy agenda and reforms to the party's nominating process.
Australia declares Aids epidemic 'over'
SYDNEY • Australia yesterday declared the Aids epidemic is no longer a public health issue there.
The government-backed Australian Federation of Aids Organisations said the number being diagnosed in Australia was now so small it was no longer reported.
It credits antiretroviral treatments that prevent Aids from developing in those with HIV, as well as awareness campaigns.
Crowdfunded beach handed to NZ public
WELLINGTON • A New Zealand man whose crowdfunding campaign raised NZ$2.3 million (S$2.25 million) to buy a South Island beach and make it public said yesterday it was "surreal" to see his dream realised.
Pastor Duane Major's push to take the 800m Awaroa beach out of private hands attracted 40,000 donations. It became part of the Abel Tasman National Park on Sunday.