World Briefs: WHO seeks tough laws to reduce road deaths

WHO seeks tough laws to reduce road deaths

GENEVA • Countries must introduce tougher laws to prevent drivers from speeding or drinking and help reduce the toll of 1.25 million people killed each year in traffic accidents, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. Halving the number of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020 is among the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.


'Decide on transfer of Facebook users' data'

DUBLIN • Ireland's High Court yesterday ruled that the country's data protection agency should examine whether to suspend the transfer of Facebook users' data from Europe to the United States. The Data Protection Commissioner "is obliged now to investigate the complaint", Judge Gerard Hogan said.


UN chief in Middle East to stop rising violence

JERUSALEM • UN Secretary- General Ban Ki Moon flew to the Middle East yesterday to try to stem rising Israeli-Palestinian violence. Mr Ban was slated to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem yesterday and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah today.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2015, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe