World Briefs: NY to appoint monitor for police probes

NY to appoint monitor for police probes

NEW YORK • New York will appoint an independent monitor to review counter-terror police probes as part of reforms designed to protect Muslims from discriminatory and blanket surveillance, officials say.

Civil liberty campaigners welcomed the changes, which settle two lawsuits.


Monkey 'can't own copyright to selfie'

NEW YORK • A rare crested macaque that took a now internationally famous "selfie" cannot own the copyright to the photograph because he is not human, a US judge ruled in a suit brought by an animal rights group. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals brought the case on behalf of the monkey Naruto from Indonesia, against British photographer David Slater.


US missile wrongly shipped to Cuba

WASHINGTON • A United States Hellfire missile has turned up in Cuba after going missing in a shipping fiasco that has left American officials worried that the technology may be shared with China, Russia or North Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The alarming diversion while it was in transit from Europe has spurred US investigators to probe whether its arrival in Cuba was due to criminal activity.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2016, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe