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News in Brief -(12-07-2019)

July 12, 2019 00:00:00

Tsai heads to Caribbean with US stops

TAIPEI, July 11: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has departed for a four-country state visit to the Caribbean with stops in the United States on the way there and back. She left on Thursday with several senior members of her government. The delegation will stop in Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia on the 12-day trip. It will also make what the government is calling two-evening transit stops in the United States. The island nations are among the few that recognize Taiwan. — AP

Merkel sits through anthems after shaking spells

BERLIN, July 11: Angela Merkel remained seated during national anthems at an official ceremony on Thursday, as the German chancellor apparently sought to prevent a repeat of uncontrollable shaking with a rare change of protocol. With questions swirling about Merkel's health after she suffered three episodes of shaking in public in less than a month, the veteran leader opted to play safe. — AFP

New York house fire claims three lives

NEW YORK, July 11: Two adults and a 6-year-old girl were killed and two others were seriously injured in a house fire in New York, authorities said. The blaze was reported on Wednesday afternoon in a two-story home in East Elmhurst in Queens. About 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, which was declared under control about an hour and a half later, according to the New York Fire Department. — AP

China billionaire arrested over child molestation

BEIJING, July 11: Prosecutors in Shanghai have formally arrested two people over child molestation allegations, with state media identifying one as a prominent real estate developer. The case has received prominent coverage in state media, including on national broadcaster CCTV on Thursday, in an apparent attempt to draw attention to what is believed to be a widespread but underreported crime affecting millions of children in China. — AP

Man arrested after scaling Buckingham Palace gates

LONDON, July 11: A man has been arrested after climbing over Buckingham Palace's front gates in the early hours of Wednesday morning, local media reported, citing the Metropolitan Police Service. The 22-year-old man, who has not been identified by the police, was not carrying a weapon at the time and the incident is not being treated as terror-related. Police said the man was held on suspicion of trespass by specialist royal officers. A palace spokesperson confirmed that the Queen was in residence at the time. — Xinhua

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