World Briefs: Turkey sacks 10,000 govt workers

Turkey sacks 10,000 govt workers

ISTANBUL • The Turkish authorities have fired more than 10,000 additional civil servants in a continued crackdown over the failed July coup, an official gazette said.

The move came three months after the government declared a state of emergency following an unsuccessful bid by a rogue army faction to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Over 35,000 people have since been arrested, and many dozens of teachers, police officers and judges have been suspended or fired.


Boat people face lifetime ban in Australia

SYDNEY • Australia moved yesterday to bar any refugee or asylum-seeker arriving illegally by boat from ever being able to apply for a visa, even as tourists or for business.

The lifetime ban will be put to Parliament when it next sits, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saying the move was necessary to send an "absolutely unflinching, unequivocal message" that boat people will never be allowed in Australia.


France wants Britain to take in 'Jungle' minors

DOUE-LA-FONTAINE • French President Francois Hollande has urged Britain to take in 1,500 unaccompanied minors from a Calais migrant camp dubbed the Jungle as officials stepped up efforts to finish demolishing the site.

Hailing the evacuation, Mr Hollande vowed that France would not accept the emergence of any more makeshift camps, which have become a glaring symbol of Europe's worst migration crisis since World War II.

He pledged that youngsters left at a container camp near the site would be dispersed around the country, with the hope that they would eventually be taken in by Britain.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe