World Briefs: Teen in Sydney charged over 'extremist remarks'

Teen in Sydney charged over 'extremist remarks'

SYDNEY • An 18-year-old man was charged yesterday after allegedly making threats at the Sydney Opera House, just days after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria urged followers to target high-profile Australian sites.

Police said the teenager was spotted acting suspiciously in the forecourt of the building on Thursday, with reports that he was making extremist remarks. He was detained without incident.


Facebook draws flak for blocking iconic photo

OSLO • Facebook was confronted yesterday with fierce indignation in Norway as the nation's top newspaper, the Prime Minister and the website's users voiced outrage over its decision to censor a historic Vietnam War photo.

Facebook has been deleting from users' pages, including that of Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, the 1972 picture of a naked Vietnamese girl running from a napalm attack, one of the war's defining images.

"Facebook is taking the wrong road when it censors photos like this. This contributes to blocking freedom of expression," the Prime Minister wrote on her Facebook page early yesterday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe