Heathrow cancels 13 flights due to protest
LONDON • Heathrow Airport was forced to cancel 13 flights yesterday after activists cut through a perimeter fence and chained themselves together on a runway to protest against the possible expansion of Britain's biggest airport.
The activists, from a group called "Plane Stupid", which opposes the growth of aviation, said a £23 billion (S$48 billion) plan to build a third runway at Heathrow would increase carbon emissions and would trigger further protests.
Romanian PM charged in corruption probe
BUCHAREST • Romanian prosecutors brought formal charges against Prime Minister Victor Ponta and froze his assets, intensifying a corruption investigation that is threatening the politician's future.
Ponta, who has been premier since 2012, was charged with money laundering, forgery and complicity in tax fraud, according to a statement yesterday on the Anti-Corruption Directorate's website.
The case, announced last month, covers his time as a lawyer before he took office, and also involves former transport minister Dan Sova.