World Briefs: UN: Afghan, US forces killed more civilians

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).


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 01, 2019, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe