International Briefs

Poland’s president OKs law on Russia’sinfluence that could target opposition

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda said Monday he would sign a bill that creates a powerful commission, ostensibly meant to investigate Russian influence in Poland but which critics view as a tool to remove from political life the opponents of the ruling party — mostly notably opposition leader Donald Tusk. Parliament on Friday approved the law, which was proposed by the conservative Law and Justice ruling party, as the country heads towards a parliamentary election in the autumn. Experts say that it violates the Polish Constitution and the opposition has called on Duda to reject it.

High school student in Italy wounds teacher with hunting knife

ROME (AP) — A student wounded his teacher with a hunting knife and brandished what turned out to be a toy gun at classmates in a high school in a Milan suburb on Monday, police said. Classmates later recounted that the 16-year-old suddenly stood up shortly after classes began in the town of Abbiategrasso and attacked the teacher from behind on an arm and on her head, the Italian news agency ANSA said. When the attacker waved a gun at his classmates, the students fled the room, reports said. Police told state TV that when they entered the room, the teen was sitting on the floor with no one else in the classroom and offered no resistance.

Jerusalem’s redesigned Tower of David museum opens after 3-year renovation

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem’s iconic citadel has opened its revamped museum after a three-year, $50 million makeover that included a restoration of its signature minaret. The Tower of David, the ancient fortress on the western edge of the Old City, contains remnants of successive fortifications built one atop the other dating back over two millennia. For centuries, pilgrims, conquerors and tourists visiting the city holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam have entered Jerusalem beneath the adjacent Jaffa Gate. Today, the former castle serves as a museum dedicated to the city’s 3,000-year history.

Teenage girl in Guyana charged as adult with 19 counts of murder in dormitory fire

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A teenage student who police in Guyana accuse of deliberately setting a fire in a girl’s dormitory that killed 18 schoolmates and a five-year-old boy was charged Monday as an adult with 19 counts of murder. The 15-year-old girl appeared virtually at the hearing in a court south of the capital, Georgetown, and was ordered held in custody pending further court proceedings. Investigators allege she ignited the blaze at Mahdia Secondary School on May 21 in anger with the administrator over the confiscation of her mobile telephone.


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