Royal insults: Three freed from jail
BANGKOK • Three Thai women convicted of insulting the monarchy were released from jail yesterday after receiving royal pardons, a human rights lawyer said, following years spent behind bars for violating the draconian law. The reprieve was granted in the wake of Queen Sirikit's Aug 12 birthday.
Aussie teen sets solo flight record
SYDNEY • An Australian teenager made history yesterday by becoming the youngest person to complete a solo circumnavigation of the world in a single-engine aircraft. At 18 years, seven months and 21 days, Queenslander Lachlan Smart is a year younger than previous record holder, American Matt Guthmiller.
Turmoil at Rousseff's Senate trial
BRASILIA • Angry quarrels erupted at suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff's impeachment trial on Friday, while her key ally, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, faced corruption charges on a day of turmoil for Latin America's largest country. Day two of Rousseff's Senate trial in the capital Brasilia began with shouting matches that forced Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski to put the session temporarily on hold until tempers calmed.