Saudis intercept Yemeni ballistic missile
DUBAI • Saudi Arabia has intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, and a Saudi-led military coalition said in a statement late on Monday that it may be forced to reconsider a truce that has been in place since April.
Saudi state news agency SPA quoted the statement as saying that the missile, the second such strike last month, was destroyed in mid-air without any casualties.
Wildfire evacuees' return home delayed
OTTAWA • Chemical and heavy metal contamination will delay the return of 9,000 residents of Canada's oil sands region who fled a huge wildfire about a month ago, senior officials announced.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told a press conference that a voluntary phased re-entry would begin today as planned "for the vast majority of residents of Fort McMurray and the surrounding communities". But residents of three neighbourhoods - Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways - will have to wait.
Ex-beauty queen guilty of insulting Erdogan
ISTANBUL • A Turkish court found a former Miss Turkey guilty of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media. The Istanbul court sentenced model Merve Buyuksarac, 27, to one year and two months in prison for "publicly insulting" Mr Erdogan in a satirical poem she posted on Instagram, the Dogan news agency reported. The punishment has been suspended, it added.
Denmark to crack down on errant preachers
COPENHAGEN • Denmark will punish preachers who give their approval to criminal acts such as violence and bigamy, and will ban foreign "hate preachers" from entering the country, the government said yesterday.
The new rules will make it a criminal offence for preachers to give their explicit approval to criminal acts such as killings, rape and bigamy as part of religious education. Those who do so will be punished with a fine or up to three years in prison.