World Briefs: South African bank hit by $18m ATM theft

South African bank hit by $18m ATM theft

PRETORIA • The theft of US$13 million (S$18 million) from ATMs in Japan using counterfeit cards from South African lender Standard Bank prompted a call for vigilance from South Africa's central bank yesterday.

Thieves made 14,000 withdrawals in three hours - 78 a minute - from bank machines at 7-Eleven convenience stores across Japan, according to a source.

Central bank deputy governor Kuben Naidoo said that Standard Bank would shoulder the losses.


EgyptAir to get help in search for black boxes

CAIRO • EgyptAir will contract two foreign firms, one French and one Italian, to help search for the black boxes of its plane that crashed in the Mediterranean, the airline's chairman Safwat Moslem said yesterday.

EgyptAir Flight MS804 crashed last Thursday with 66 people on board in an area of the Mediterranean where the waters can be 3,000m deep.


Trudeau's popularity reaches new high

OTTAWA • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's popularity has reached a new high, even after his arguably worst day in office that saw him recently jostle fellow lawmakers, a poll has found.

Polling firm Nanos said on Tuesday its random telephone interviews with 1,000 Canadians over four weeks ending May 20 found that 54 per cent of respondents prefer the Liberal leader as prime minister.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe