World Briefs: Ukraine investigates tax chief for graft

Ukraine investigates tax chief for graft

KIEV • The head of Ukraine's tax and Customs service, Mr Roman Nasirov, is being probed over the suspected embezzlement of about two billion hryvnias (S$104 million), his lawyer said yesterday.

Television footage showed Mr Nasirov being carried into an ambulance on a stretcher late on Thursday. He was said to have suffered a heart attack.


Zika virus raises risk of birth defects by 20 times

WASHINGTON • Pregnant women infected with the Zika virus last year were 20 times more likely to bear children with birth defects than those who gave birth prior to the epidemic, US health officials said.

The defects included microcephaly - a deformation that leads to babies having very small brains and heads - as well as poor cranial development, neural tube defects and other brain or eye abnormalities.


Blasts in Nigerian city kill 3 suicide bombers

MAIDUGURI • Multiple explosions rocked the outskirts of Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri yesterday, killing three suicide bombers, the emergency service and police said.

Two of the bombers were women.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe