Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

In Brief

In Brief

New Zealand troops in Afghanistan
There is "a strong likelihood" that New Zealand will extend its commitment of troops in Afghanistan until September 2010, the defense minister said yesterday.
New Zealand's Defense Minister Phil Goff said he told Habiba Sarabi, the governor of Afghanistan's central Bamiyan province, that New Zealand had no immediate plans to pull out of the region.
"We are currently committed through to September 2009 with a strong likelihood that later this year that commitment will again be rolled over" for an additional year, Goff told reporters after talks with Sarabi.
Airline death
An American Airlines passenger died after a flight attendant told her he couldn't give her any oxygen and then tried to help her with faulty equipment, including an empty oxygen tank, a relative said.
The airline confirmed the flight death and said medical professionals had tried to save the passenger, Carine Desir, who was returning home to New York from Haiti.
Desir, who had heart disease, died of natural causes, medical examiner's office spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said Sunday.
National Grid fined
Britain's energy regulator yesterday fined electricity distributor National Grid PLC more than 40 million pounds (US$78 million) for restricting competition in the domestic gas market.
Regulator Ofgem said National Grid, which owns 99 percent of Britain's gas meters, had "severely restricted" rival suppliers from replacing its equipment with cheaper or more advanced devices.
"National Grid has abused its dominance in the domestic gas metering market, restricting competition and harming consumers," said Ofgem chairman John Mogg.
Iraq suicide bomb
The death toll from a suicide attack against Shiite pilgrims south of Baghdad on Sunday rose to 43, a doctor told Agence France-Presse yesterday.
The bomber blew himself up in the middle of a crowd of Shiite pilgrims.
At least 67 people were also wounded in the attack in the town of Iskandiriyah, said the doctor, who works at the nearby Hilla hospital.


Updated : 2021-05-07 04:23 GMT+08:00