World Briefs: South Sudan facing extreme hunger: UN

South Sudan facing extreme hunger: UN

JUBA • Nearly half of the population in war-torn South Sudan is experiencing extreme hunger, with many more set to run out of food as famine looms, said government and UN agencies yesterday.

A year after South Sudan became the first country in six years to be hit by famine, due to a drawn-out civil war, its National Bureau of Statistics warned that 40 per cent more people were going hungry this year, even before the lean season sets in.


Macron unveils plans to reform rail sector

PARIS • President Emmanuel Macron's government unveiled plans yesterday to push through reforms of France's mammoth rail system, daring to tread where his predecessors have failed.

State rail operator SNCF has €46.6 billion (S$75.6 billion) in debts, not least due to a huge pension burden from drivers who can retire in their early 50s.


Report flags hazing dangers in Australia

SYDNEY • New students in major universities in Australia are subjected to violent hazing rituals, said a report, calling for the practice to be criminalised to protect victims against injury or death.

The Red Zone report, released yesterday by activist group End Rape on Campus, focused on orientation week and looked at 12 Australian universities.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe