Dominique Strauss-Kahn

World news in brief - September 1, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 September, 2012, 4:42am

China and US light up Pacific Islands Forum

AVARUA - Beijing denied it was competing with Washington in the Pacific islands, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived at a regional summit aiming to reassert US influence. In comments that coincided with Clinton's arrival at the forum in the Cook Islands, Deputy Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai said China simply wanted to help developing island states. "We are here in this region not to seek any particular influence, still less dominance, we are here to work with other countries to achieve sustainable development." AFP

Three killed in NY supermarket shooting

NEW YORK - A man armed with a Kalashnikov-style automatic rifle and a handgun shot two people at a supermarket in a town near New York, then killed himself, officials said. The attack took place at a Pathmark store in Old Bridge, New Jersey. The killer was 23 and his victims were an 18-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man. All three were employees at the supermarket, which had not yet opened to the public for the day. The shooter finished his night shift then returned with the weapons and started to shoot. About a dozen workers were in the store at the time and most were able to hide. AFP

Lufthansa flights grounded by strike

BERLIN - Lufthansa flight attendants walked off the job at Germany's busiest airport, causing more than 100 flight cancellations, and their union warned of more stoppages to come unless the airline gives in to its demands. Germany's largest airline said it cancelled about 110 short-haul and medium-haul flights from and to Frankfurt airport after some 1,000 cabin crew went on strike. It said a small number of long-haul flights would have to be cancelled as well. AP

Strauss-Kahn's wife confirms separation

PARIS - The wife of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has acknowledged in a interview that the two have separated. Anne Sinclair, chief editor of the French-language version of The Huffington Post, stood by her husband through months of public scrutiny after he was accused in New York last year of trying to rape a hotel maid. "I'm doing very well, thank you," Sinclair told Le Parisien when asked how she had been doing since the split. AP

Pentagon may sueover bin Laden book

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's top lawyer has informed the former Navy Seal who wrote a forthcoming book describing details of the raid in which Osama bin Laden was killed that he violated agreements to refrain from divulging military secrets. The Pentagon is considering taking legal action against him, Jeh Johnson, general counsel of the Defence Department, wrote in a letter to No Easy Day author Matt Bissonnette. AP