World Briefs: Turbulent day for Xi during Prague visit

Turbulent day for Xi during Prague visit

PRAGUE • Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday faced a turbulent second day of a visit to Prague aimed at boosting trade ties, as demonstrators planned new protests against Beijing's policies on Tibet.

Police arrested 12 people on Monday after pro-Tibetan demonstrators scuffled with crowds who had turned out to welcome Mr Xi on the first visit by a Chinese head of state to the Czech Republic.


Trump aide charged over assault on reporter

WASHINGTON • US Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with battery in Florida yesterday after allegations that he forcefully grabbed a reporter at a campaign event.

Police charged Lewandowski, 42, with intentionally grabbing and bruising the arm of Miss Michelle Fields, a reporter at that time for the conservative news outlet Breitbart, when she had tried to question Mr Trump at a campaign event on March 8.

Separately, no guns will be allowed into the Republican National Convention in July, the Secret Service said, refusing to bow to pressure after nearly 50,000 people signed a petition urging a no-firearms policy be overturned.


Closing of Tripoli airspace slammed

TRIPOLI • Libya's United Nations-backed unity government has accused the authorities in Tripoli of closing down the capital's airspace to prevent it from travelling from Tunisia to start work.

The Presidential Council said a minority led by the Tripoli-based premier was "terrorising the safe population of Tripoli... by closing the airspace".

Flights were suspended at Mitiga Airport for periods on Sunday and Monday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2016, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe