March held against Brexit
Thousands on Saturday marched to the Houses of Parliament in central London to protest Britain’s plan to withdraw from the EU. Organizers of the “People’s March for Europe” said the goal was to “unite, rethink and reject” the Conservative government’s plan to implement Brexit by 2019. Liberal Democrats legislator Ed Davey told the crowd he was “embarrassed” by Britain’s negotiating stance. “I’ve gone from anger to distress, from fury to despair — but since the Brexit negotiations begun there’s a third emotion I’ve been feeling: Embarrassment. Embarrassment at our country’s leaders. Embarrassment for Great Britain,” he said. Other speakers demanded that Britons be given a chance to vote on the Brexit decisions once negotiations are concluded.
Merkel attacks protesters
Chancellor Angela Merkel called anti-immigration demonstrators “rowdies” driven by intolerance, her strongest reaction yet to protests that have disrupted many of her election rallies this summer. Just over two weeks before the German parliamentary elections, Merkel addressed her increasingly aggressive enemies from the Alternative for Germany party and the far-right National Democratic Party head-on. A day earlier, protesters shouting “get out of here” threw tomatoes at the official car taking her to a rally on the Baltic seacoast.
Band arrested in kidnapping
The four members of well-known Polish death metal band Decapitated have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after a concert last month in Washington State, authorities said. The band was arrested early on Saturday in Santa Ana, California, on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after their Aug. 31 concert in Spokane, Washington, Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Corporal Teresa Fuller said in a statement. The woman told police about the alleged kidnapping by the band members just before 2 am on Sept. 1, Fuller said.
Police injuries self-inflicted
Californian authorities said bullet wounds suffered by two police officers responding to a report of a man with a knife were the result of gunfire between the officers. Both officers have been released from the hospital after being treated for minor injuries sustained during the confrontation in Huntington Beach, California, on Thursday. The suspect, who was also shot, remained hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said a preliminary investigation had found the officers were injured by friendly fire.
Carabinieri accused of rape
Italy’s Carabinieri paramilitary police corps has suspended on a precautionary basis two policemen who allegedly raped two US students in Florence while on duty. The Carabinieri provincial office’s command in Florence said the two were notified of the measure on Saturday. It stressed that the suspension reflects alleged conduct while on duty and is separate from Florence prosecutors’ criminal investigation of the alleged rapes. The women told authorities that the officers, in uniform, drove them home from a disco early on Thursday morning because they could not find a taxi, then raped them inside their apartment building. Investigators are awaiting DNA test results to see if they confirm the accusations.
India has moved additional troops along its northern border as it prepares for an extended conflict with China, after several rounds of talks failed to ease tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. China has already placed about 5,000 soldiers and armored vehicles within its side of the disputed border in the Ladakh region, an Indian government official said, asking not to be identified, citing rules. India is adding a similar number of troops as well as artillery guns along the border to fend off the continuing incursions by the Chinese army, the official said. The standoff began on May 5, when troops clashed
CLOSELY TRACKED: A US officer said that the warplanes were watched as they flew from Russia by way of Iran and Syria to Libya and were photographed multiple times The US Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying on Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia’s long-term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies. US Brigadier General Gregory Hadfield, deputy director of intelligence, said that the US tracked the MiG-29s and Su-24 fighter bombers flown in by Russian military, passing through Iran and Syria before landing at Libya’s al-Jufra air base. The base is the main forward airfield for Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army, which has been waging an
Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the COVID-19 lockdown, but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping center, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen from a pond. While many think of tiny Singapore as a densely populated concrete jungle, it is also relatively green for a busy Asian city, and has patches of rainforest, fairly clean waterways and abundant wildlife. There are estimated to be about
Indonesian officials are forcing people who break social distancing rules to recite Koran verses, stay in “haunted” houses and submit to public shaming on social media as the country battles to contain surging novel coronavirus infections. The Southeast Asian archipelago began deploying about 340,000 troops across two dozen cities to oversee enforcement of measures aimed at halting transmission of the disease, such as wearing masks in public. However, provincial leaders are buttressing these efforts with their own zealous campaigns to fight the coronavirus. Police in western Bengkulu Province have assembled a 40-person squad to find lockdown scofflaws and force them to wear