World Briefs AUSTRALIA FOILS A PLOT TO DOWN PLANE
Australian police disrupted a plot to bring down an airplane and arrested four men in raids on homes in several Sydney suburbs, the prime minister said Sunday.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that security has been increased at Sydney Airport since Thursday because of the plot. The increased security measures were extended to all major international and domestic terminals around Australia overnight.
“I can report last night that there has been a major joint counterterrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane,” Turnbull told reporters. “The operation is continuing.”
Family calls for peace after London protests.
The family of a young black man who died following a London police chase appealed for peace Saturday, a day after street protests over his death turned violent.
Relatives held a vigil outside an east London police station for 20-yearold Rashan Charles, who died in a hospital last week after he was pursued and apprehended by an officer in the capital’s Hackney area.
Clashes broke out on the streets of east London late Friday as riot police tried to disperse protesters, who hurled bottles and fireworks at officers, barricaded a road with garbage cans and mattresses, and later set the objects on fire. An officer was injured and a 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of causing bodily harm.
Iran objects to warning shot. IRAN» Iran’s
TEHRAN, elite Revolutionary Guard said Saturday a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier fired a warning shot in an “unprofessional” confrontation with Iranian vessels, the official IRNA news agency reported.
IRNA quoted a statement from the Guard as saying that the USS Nimitz and an accompanying ship came near an Iranian oil offshore platform in the Persian Gulf and a helicopter from the ship hovered near vessels manned by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard.
The report said the confrontation took place Friday afternoon and the U.S. navy ships left the area following the encounter.
Abbas gets clean bill of health.
» Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, 82, underwent a checkup at a West Bank hospital on Saturday and his doctors said the results were good.
Abbas underwent routine checks, including blood tests and X-rays at the private Al Istishari Hospital near the West Bank town of Ramallah, and left after 90 minutes, said the hospital director, Dr. Fathi Abu Mughli. Abbas has suffered heart problems in the past, but his doctors said he is fine.
Cities ban cars for one day.
The Central Asian country of Turkmenistan on Saturday banned most residents in its major cities from using their cars for a day in a bid to promote cycling and a healthy lifestyle.
Residents of the capital, Ashgabat, and regional cities were told not to use their vehicles between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday without express permission as the government staged mass cycle rides that were to include top officials.