World Briefs: Saudi prince compares Iranian leader to Hitler

Saudi prince compares Iranian leader to Hitler

BEIRUT • Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has compared Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to Adolf Hitler and said his country would acquire a nuclear bomb "as soon as possible" if Iran developed nuclear weapons.

He spoke in a pre-recorded interview with CBS News programme 60 Minutes .


French pensioners protest against taxation

PARIS • Pensioners and retirement home workers staged protests across France yesterday, kicking off a series of strikes against President Emmanuel Macron's reforms.Thousands of retirees had already taken to the streets in January against higher taxes on their pensions, imposed to help offset lower social security charges for private sector employees.


Rare marsupial returns to Australian mainland

SYDNEY • A species of spotted marsupial devastated by foxes has been returned to the wild in mainland Australia for the first time in almost 50 years in a rare and landmark conservation success story. The eastern quoll - a furry carnivore about the size of a domestic cat - disappeared from the mainland in the 1960s but clung on in the island state of Tasmania.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe