World Briefs: US drops dozens of bombs on ISIS targets

US drops dozens of bombs on ISIS targets

ABOARD THE USS HARRY S. TRUMAN • United States fighter jets have dropped 35 smart bombs and pamphlet bombs on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in strikes launched from the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier since it moved from the Gulf to the Mediterranean last Friday, Navy officials said.

The officials said further raids were launched in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday. The Truman has deployed more than 1,460 smart bombs and pamphlets against the militant group since last December, they said.


Dozens wounded in Papua political riots

SYDNEY • Dozens of people were wounded in Papua New Guinea after the police opened fire on a student protest in the capital and riots erupted across the country.

A groundswell of political unrest has surged on the island amid calls for Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to resign over corruption allegations.

Students and officials said police fired on the public and used tear gas to disperse crowds during a protest at a university campus in Port Moresby. A hospital official said 38 casualties had been treated there.


Election irregularities alleged in Austria

VIENNA • Austria's Freedom Party yesterday filed a legal challenge after its candidate narrowly lost out on being elected the European Union's first far-right president.

Mr Alexander Van der Bellen, an independent, won in May 22's run-off by just 30,863 votes. The authorities have said they were investigating several cases of alleged election irregularities.


Russian court goes easy on artist-vandal

MOSCOW • A Moscow court has released radical performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, but ordered him to pay a hefty fine for torching the door of Russia's security services, in a rare show of leniency by the authorities.

A judge ordered the artist to pay 500,000 roubles (S$10,500) after finding him guilty yesterday. He was also ordered to pay damages to the Federal Security Service.


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