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Minister, this is inappropriate!: Spanish politician sparks row after volcano tourism remarks

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Spain’s tourism minister has been accused of insensitivity after suggesting a devastating and ongoing volcanic eruption on the Canary island of La Palma could be used as an “attraction” to lure visitors to the archipe...

‘Please explain what OG means’: delight as Fiji politician discovers Twitter

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A leading opposition MP from Fiji is delighting new social media followers with his wide-eyed discovery of Twitter, even as the country is experiencing heightened political tensions. Pio Tikoduadua, who is the preside...

Alleged killing of migrant by far-right politician prompts Italy gun control row

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A row over privately owned guns has been ignited in Italy after a councillor with the far-right League party allegedly shot dead an immigrant. Massimo Adriatici, a councillor for security in Voghera, is under house ar...

Ban Amnesty over Pegasus leaks role, Indian politician urges

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The chief minister of the Indian state of Assam has called for Amnesty International to be banned in the country and accused it of a conspiracy to “defame” the prime minister, Narendra Modi, over its role in the explo...

Rome politician blames vengeful gardeners for bomb scare

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A local politician in Rome has said he believed a bomb planted on his car was a response to him reporting wrongdoing, including absenteeism among municipal gardeners. Marco Doria, Rome’s councillor for the redevelopme...

Far-right politician would be Israel’s next PM in proposed deal

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The far-right Israeli politician Naftali Bennett will be the country’s next prime minister under a proposed power-sharing deal intended to oust Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the opposition has confirmed. Yair Lapid ...

Colombia politician tells protesters hurt by police to ‘stop crying over one eye’

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After a month of protests in which 46 people have suffered eye injuries from police teargas rounds and rubber bullets, a Colombian politician has prompted outrage by saying that supporters of the anti-poverty demonstr...

Colombia politician says ‘stop crying over one eye’ as protesters injured by police

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After a month of protests in which 46 people have suffered eye injuries from police teargas rounds and rubber bullets, a Colombian politician has prompted outrage by saying that supporters of the anti-poverty demonstr...

Beijing calls Hong Kong bar association chief an ‘anti-China politician’

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Beijing and Hong Kong authorities have accused the British-born head of Hong Kong’s bar association and human rights lawyer of being an “anti-China politician” after he criticised jail sentences imposed on pro-democra...

Cancelling Tokyo Olympics ‘remains an option’ says top Japanese politician

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A senior member of Japan’s ruling party has said that cancelling the Tokyo Olympics “remains an option” if the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen. “If it seems impossible to do it any more, then we have to stop,...

‘Donut boy’: Republican politician taunts police after wrong-way chase

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When critics of the party accuse Republicans of heading in the wrong direction, they don’t usually mean it literally. But that’s what happened with the Kansas senate majority leader, Gene Suellentrop, who was arrested...

German politician Karin Strenz dies after collapsing on plane

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A lawmaker with Angela Merkel’s party has died after collapsing on a plane during a flight home to Germany. Karin Strenz, 53, was travelling from Cuba with her husband, said Eckhardt Rehberg, a fellow lawmaker with th...

French billionaire politician Olivier Dassault dies in helicopter crash

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The French billionaire and conservative politician Olivier Dassault has been killed in a helicopter crash, Emmanuel Macron has announced. Dassault, 69, was the eldest son of French billionaire industrialist Serge Dass...