UN: Afghan, US forces killed more civilians
KABUL • Afghan security forces and their US-led international allies have killed more civilians so far this year than the Taleban has because of an increase in air strikes, the United Nations said in a report on Tuesday, once again raising alarm that ordinary Afghans are bearing the brunt of an increasingly deadly 18-year war.
In the first six months of the year, the conflict killed nearly 1,400 civilians and wounded about 2,400 more.
S. Korea, Japan foreign ministers to hold talks
SEOUL • The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan will meet this week, Seoul said yesterday, as a long-running diplomatic row develops into a bitter trade spat between the two US allies.
Seoul's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is due to meet her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono today in Bangkok on the sidelines of a regional foreign ministers' meeting.
Ex-Audi boss charged over emissions scandal
MUNICH • German prosecutors said yesterday that they had filed charges against former Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler, who is being investigated over his role in Volkswagen's emissions-test cheating scandal.
Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to having used illegal engine control software to cheat pollution tests, triggering a global backlash against diesel.
The affair has so far cost the German carmaker €30 billion (S$45.7 billion).