World briefs :Uzbek President in intensive care

Uzbek President in intensive care

MOSCOW • Uzbek President Islam Karimov, who dominated the Central Asian nation for more than 25 years, is in intensive care after suffering a brain haemorrhage. His daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva on Monday said he was stable.


British backpacker dies of injuries

SYDNEY • A backpacker hailed as a hero after being stabbed at a Queensland hostel in an attack that killed his fellow Briton has died of his injuries, police said yesterday.

Frenchman Smail Ayad, who has been charged with one murder and faces one count of attempted murder of an Australian man, is expected to be charged with a second count of murder.


US takes in 10,000th Syrian refugee

WASHINGTON • The US says it has welcomed its 10,000th Syrian refugee of this fiscal year, meeting a target a month ahead of schedule.

The goal was met on Monday, despite criticism by activists that the acceptance of "vulnerable" refugees such as widows was too slow.


ET calling? Scientists prick up their ears

WASHINGTON • A "strong signal" detected last year by a radio telescope in Russia searching for signs of extra-terrestrial life is stirring interest, although experts say it is too early to know what it means or where precisely it is from.

The signal is apparently from the direction of HD164595, a star about 95 light-years from Earth.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2016, with the headline 'World briefs'. Subscribe