US warns citizens of risk in Istanbul
ANKARA • The United States has warned its citizens of the potential risk of terror attack or attempted kidnapping of foreigners in Istanbul, which has been rocked by several bombings this year.
The consulate in Istanbul said in a message on Saturday that extremist groups continued their "aggressive efforts" to attack Americans and other foreigners in the city.
Heavy fighting resumes in Aleppo
ALEPPO • Clashes and air strikes shook the Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitor said yesterday, as heavy fighting resumed after the end of the three-day truce declared by government ally Russia.
The unilateral truce ended without any evacuations by the United Nations, which had hoped to take injured civilians out of the rebel-held east and deliver aid after weeks of bombardment and a three-month siege.
172 inmates escape from Haitian prison
PORT-AU-PRINCE • At least 172 inmates escaped from a Haitian prison near the capital Port-au-Prince during an armed mutiny, killing one guard, with many escaping with weapons, local media reported.
Le Nouvelliste newspaper reported on Saturday that a guard was shot dead and two police officers injured. One prisoner climbed a wall and fell to his death, while two others were wounded.
Titanic officer's letter sells for over $34,000
LONDON • Private correspondence from the second-in-command officer on the ill-fated Titanic ocean liner was sold on Saturday for more than US$25,000 (S$34,900).
A private archive of correspondence from Henry Wilde revealed his feelings about being transferred at the last minute to serve on what had been described as the unsinkable Titanic.