Briefs, November 18, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 3:11am

Syrian opposition plans embassy in France

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande and the new Syrian opposition leader announced plans yesterday to install an ambassador to represent Syria in France. The surprise move came after talks between Hollande and Moaz al-Khatib, head of the newly formed Syrian opposition coalition. France recognised the coalition last Sunday. AP


Red Bull adverse events reported in US

WASHINGTON - Red Bull energy drinks were named in 21 adverse-event reports submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration. No deaths were cited. The events date to 2004 and in some cases involved increased heart rate and abdominal pain, according to a list posted on the FDA's website. The reports said four people were sent to hospital. Bloomberg


Britain suspends aid to Uganda over graft

KAMPALA - Britain has suspended all financial aid to Uganda over a corruption scandal in which millions of pounds in donor funds were stolen in the office of the prime minister. Britain's Department for International Development said it was suspending development assistance immediately. Britain planned to give £27 million (HK$332 million) to the East African country this year. AP


Ex-PM Tony Blair's father dies at 89

LONDON - Leo Blair, father of former British prime minister Tony Blair, has died at the age of 89. The ex-prime minister's office says the elder Blair died peacefully on Friday with his son at his side. Leo Blair was born to travelling entertainers and adopted by a Glasgow ship-worker. He became a lawyer and law lecturer. AP


Tunisian suspect dies after hunger strike

TUNIS - A second suspect in the attack on Tunisia's US embassy died after months on a hunger strike. Mohammed Bakhti, a member of the ultraconservative Muslim Salafi movement, was hospitalised following his two-month-long hunger strike. Fellow detainee, Bachir al-Gholi, died on Thursday after a heart attack following his own hunger strike. AP


Remains found in croc after girl, 7, vanishes

SYDNEY - Australian police searching for a seven-year-old girl feared taken by a crocodile said the discovery of human remains inside a three-metre reptile was a heartbreaking development. The girl was last seen swimming at the natural pool at an outstation about 340 kilometres east of Darwin on Friday afternoon. Police searching the waterhole shot dead a crocodile at the Gumarrirngbang Outstation yesterday and an examination of the animal revealed what are believed to be human remains in its stomach. AFP