World Briefs: 'No plans to extend' Iran missiles' range

'No plans to extend' Iran missiles' range

LONDON • Teheran has "no plans to extend" the range of its missiles since their 2,000km reach is enough to protect the country, the Revolutionary Guards commander said yesterday, amid US pressure over Iran's missile programme.

Iran's government again ruled out negotiations with US President Donald Trump over Teheran's military capabilities and regional influence, saying such talks would be against the values of the Islamic Republic.


Aide's pay: Marine Le Pen to repay $472k

LUXEMBOURG • French far-right leader Marine Le Pen must repay nearly €300,000 (S$472,000) to the European Parliament for funds paid incorrectly to an assistant, a top EU court ruled yesterday.

The General Court of the European Union, the bloc's second-highest tribunal, rejected a bid by Ms Le Pen to overturn a ruling that she had wrongly used parliamentary funds to pay an aide based at her party's headquarters in Paris.


Glitch hit 5.2m card transactions: Visa

LONDON • Payments giant Visa said yesterday that a massive technical glitch earlier this month had affected 5.2 million card transactions, almost half of which were in Britain.

Visa, revealing the details in a letter to a British parliamentary panel probing the matter, said the "rare" glitch hit payments in Europe for 10 hours on June 1.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe