World Briefs: Turkey passes Bill on electoral law

Turkey passes Bill on electoral law

ANKARA • The Turkish Parliament yesterday passed a controversial Bill on electoral law which critics argue will favour President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party ahead of next year's presidential and parliamentary elections.

The 26-article Bill was approved in a marathon night-long session, with ruling party and opposition lawmakers engaged in a short burst of fist fighting.


Ethiopians seek refuge in Kenya

ADDIS ABABA • More than 2,000 Ethiopians have crossed into Kenya seeking refuge, the Kenyan Red Cross Society said, after several civilians were killed in what the Ethiopian military said was a botched security operation targeting militants.

Addis Ababa on Sunday said soldiers had been sent to the Moyale area in Oromiya, which shares a border with Kenya, after Oromo Liberation Front fighters entered Ethiopia from Kenya.


Young boy among dead in Yemen blast

ADEN • Seven people were killed in Yemen's port city of Aden yesterday when a car bomb ripped through a military kitchen used by Yemeni forces trained and backed by the United Arab Emirates, medics said.

One of the dead was a young boy walking in the street at the time of the blast. Fifteen people were wounded.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe