World Briefs:Belgian strike hits airport, public transport

Belgian strike hits airport, public transport

BRUSSELS • A strike in Belgium disrupted public transport across the country, closed factories and hit its largest airport as trade unions protested against government cutbacks.

Brussels Airport advised passengers to only travel with hand luggage; most flights operated normally yesterday but some baggage handlers had gone on strike. While there was no disruption to trains, bus services were impacted throughout Belgium.


Wing debris confirmed to be from MH370

SYDNEY • A piece of wing debris found in Mauritius is from MH370, Australian authorities said yesterday as they cautioned the discovery shed no new light on the missing passenger jet's specific location.

The composite debris, recovered in May, is the latest fragment found along western Indian Ocean shorelines linked to Malaysia Airlines MH370, which went missing on March 8, 2014, with 239 passengers and crew.

The wing part "was a trailing edge section of Boeing 777 left, outboard flap", the government agency leading the search, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, said in a report.


Ghana to remove Gandhi statue from uni campus

DAKAR • Ghana will move a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from its main university because of his "alleged past racist comments", the foreign ministry said, while paying tribute to Gandhi's role as a civil rights leader.

A group of lecturers and students began campaigning for the Indian nationalist leader's statue to be removed shortly after it was installed in June, arguing that Gandhi made comments that were racist about Africans.

In a statement on Thursday, the ministry said it was concerned by the acrimony the campaign had generated and would relocate the statue.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe