World Briefs: Heathrow cancels 13 flights due to protest

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.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2015, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Subscribe