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Hong Kong protesters swarm parliament building after breaking in through windows

Demonstrators are running riot inside Hong Kong’s legislative chamber. The protesters spray painted slogans on the walls and stood on the desks of politicians after breaking windows and prying open metal security curtains to get into the building. They also smashed and tore down portraits of legislative leaders and tied …

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Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership bid in chaos after police called to his home following ‘screaming row’

Boris Johnson’s bid to become prime minister has been thrown into chaos after police were called to blazing row between the MP and his girlfriend. Neighbours heard ‘plate-smashing’ and a ‘screaming row’ between Mr Johnson and Carrie Symonds. She is said to have yelled at him ‘get off me, get …

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I predicted Morsi’s death and no one listened – now Egypt must be investigated for torture

Crispin Blunt A former warden at the notorious “Scorpion” prison in Cairo, Egypt, said it had been designed “so that those who go in don’t come out again – unless dead”. This has proved the case with Dr Mohamed Morsi, who collapsed in a soundproof glass box on Monday attending the latest …

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Murder trial delayed over defence claims of prosecutor misconduct

SAN DIEGO — A judge in the court-martial of a decorated Navy Seal charged with war crimes in Iraq said on Wednesday the trial would start at least a few days late as lawyers on both sides grappled over allegations that prosecutors illegally snooped on the defence. The timing of the trial …

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Thai king crowned in day of pomp and centuries-old splendour

BANGKOK — To the boom of cannons, pipes and chants, King Maha Vajiralongkorn was crowned on Saturday in a ceremony governed by centuries-old rituals, vowing a righteous reign and calling for “national security” and “happiness” in a remarkable display of royal power. Starting at the auspicious time of 10:09am (03:09 …

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UK’s May presses Labour to reach Brexit deal, but leaks jeopardise talks

By David Milliken and William James LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday stepped up calls for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to agree a cross-party deal to leave the European Union, following poor results for both parties in local elections on Thursday. The parties have been in …

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Silvio Berlusconi leaves hospital after bowel operation

ROME — Former Italian prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, 82, was released from hospital on Monday after undergoing an operation for a bowel obstruction. “I’m fine, I had quite a fright,” the billionaire told journalists as he left the San Raffaele hospital in Milan. “Many things have happened …

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Germany to agree to Brexit delay but France sets conditions as May arrives in Paris

PARIS/BERLIN — Germany and other European Union powers will accept Prime Minister Theresa May’s request for another delay to Brexit, but French President Emmanuel Macron will seek to limit Britain’s influence as it grapples with its departure. In a sign of just how far the three-year Brexit crisis has sapped …

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Afghanistan floods kill 32, worsen already desperate situation

HERAT, Afghanistan — Flash floods have killed at least 32 people in western Afghanistan, destroyed homes and swept through makeshift shelters that housed displaced families, a government official said on Saturday. Flooding caused by heavy rains started spreading on Thursday and left a trail of devastation across seven provinces, said …

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Slovaks choose change, elect woman president against graft

WARSAW/BRATISLAVA — The election of Zuzana Caputova as Slovakia’s first female president was greeted on  Sunday as a vote for change, with the anti-graft activist expected to provide a check on a government tarnished after last year’s murder of a journalist. The 45-year-old environmental lawyer’s clear victory on Saturday over the ruling …

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