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UNITED KINGDOM

Laughing gas to be banned

Dozens of giggling demonstrators have inhaled laughing gas outside Britain’s Parliament to protest government plans to ban it and other “legal highs.” The Conservative government has announced a crackdown on psychoactive substances, drafting a bill to outlaw the sale for non-medical purposes of mood-altering drugs, excluding alcohol, nicotine and caffeine. The ban would include nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, which is used as a dental anesthetic and a recreational drug. Protesters on Saturday filled balloons with the gas and breathed in, many erupting into giggles on the Parliament Square lawn. Protest organizer Stephen Reid of the Psychedelic Society said psychoactive substances “can be risky, but it should be for individuals to decide whether or not to take the risk.”

GREECE

Woman arrested over photos

A Frenchwoman on holiday on the Greek island of Rhodes was arrested on Saturday for allegedly taking pictures of one of the island’s military installations, the state ANA agency said. The 49-year-old, who is believed to have arrived on Rhodes on Wednesday last week with her husband and two children, told police she was unaware that the area was off-bounds, the agency reported. A local prosecutor was to yesterday decide whether she is to be formally charged over the incident. Greece rigorously maintains a no-photography rule at its military installations, especially on Aegean Sea islands bordering traditional rival Turkey. Three years ago, two Czech computer game developers spent several months in police detention after being caught on the Aegean island of Lemnos with cameras containing video footage of various military sites. Their detention on suspicion of espionage sparked protests in Prague, where more than 20,000 people signed a petition urging their release. The two men told police they had been working on a futuristic combat game for award-winning developers Bohemia Interactive.

UNITED STATES

Secret Service detain woman

The Secret Service said a woman was arrested after jumping over a low barricade in front of the White House. The barricades have been placed in front of the White House fence. They are about waist-high and described as “bike racks” by the Secret Service. According to a statement by the agency, a woman jumped over the barricade at about 7pm on Friday. She was immediately detained by uniformed Secret Service officers and charged with unlawful entry. Her name has not been released. Earlier this summer, metal spikes were installed atop the White House fence after a series of intruders made it over the fence and onto the lawn.

UNITED STATES

Trump to sue celebrity chef

Donald Trump’s organization is suing celebrity chef Jose Andres for backing out of a hotel project in Washington. Andres had planned to open a restaurant at the Trump International Hotel. Trump’s organization was selected by the federal government to renovate the historic Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue and turn it into a luxury hotel. Andres last month announced that he was canceling plans to open the restaurant, citing what he called Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants. Andres is an immigrant from Spain. The lawsuit filed on Friday last week in a federal court in Washington said Andres’ decision has already cost Trump’s organization millions of US dollars. It said Andres signed a lease that obligated him to build a restaurant in the space and pay rent for 10 years.

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