World Briefs: President of Vanuatu dies of heart attack

President of Vanuatu dies of heart attack

WELLINGTON • The President of Vanuatu, Mr Baldwin Lonsdale, has died of a heart attack, the Vanuatu Daily Post reported. He was 67.

Mr Lonsdale, who sacked his government two years ago over a massive corruption scandal, died in the Pacific island nation's capital of Port Vila early last Saturday.

Mr Lonsdale, a civil servant before becoming an Anglican priest, was elected to the presidency in 2014.


US lawmaker who was shot 'improving'

WASHINGTON • Top United States Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise continued to show improvement as he recovers from being shot by a gunman angry about US President Donald Trump, the hospital treating him said.

Mr Scalise and three other people were shot last Wednesday at a park in suburban Washington as they practised for a congressional charity baseball game.

The lawmaker underwent another surgery last Saturday and "continues to show signs of improvement", MedStar Washington Hospital Centre said in a statement.


Rains and snowstorms leave 4 dead in Chile

SANTIAGO • Intense rains and snowstorms in central and southern Chile have left four people dead and nearly 3,000 homeless, as well as hundreds of thousands without power, the authorities said.

Most of those displaced live in the southern region of Biobio, where rivers overflowed and 34,000 people lost power.

The authorities said last Saturday that they were continuing to monitor the storm front, which first hit the country last Thursday night.


4 people missing after tsunami off Greenland

STOCKHOLM • Four people were listed as missing yesterday after an earthquake sparked a tsunami off Greenland and forced some residents to be evacuated.

There were no confirmed fatalities, but 11 houses were swept away after a magnitude 4 overnight quake off Uummannaq, an island above the Arctic Circle in Greenland.

"A good explanation is that the quake created a fault at the origin of a tsunami," meteorologist Trine Dahl Jensen told Danish news agency Ritzau. He warned of potential aftershocks.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe