World Briefs: British Speaker under fire over outburst claims

British Speaker under fire over outburst claims

LONDON • Mr John Bercow, the Speaker of Britain's House of Commons, came under pressure yesterday for allegedly calling a senior minister a "stupid woman", in the latest bullying claim to hit Parliament's top official.

Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said the language reportedly used against Commons leader Andrea Leadsom during a foul-mouthed outburst overheard in the chamber this week was "unacceptable".

After the story broke in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Bercow's spokesman admitted "some strong and differing views were expressed on all sides" during a discussion about the government's legislative programme. She insisted, however, that the Speaker "treats his colleagues with respect".



Kurdish girl died of bullet wound after police chase

BRUSSELS • A two-year-old girl of Kurdish origin, who died after police gave chase to a van carrying illegal migrants in southern Belgium, died of a bullet wound, prosecutors said yesterday.

Mr Frederic Bariseau, prosecutor for the city of Mons, said a post-mortem had determined that the cause of death was a "bullet that entered the cheek". Police have opened an internal investigation to determine the circumstances of the girl's death, Mr Bariseau said.

The prosecutor's office had said on Thursday, at the end of an initial investigation, that the girl had "not died as a result of the police shooting".


Man held after opening fire at Trump golf resort

WASHINGTON • Miami police wounded a gunman who opened fire yesterday in the lobby of the Trump National Doral Golf Club, a resort owned by Mr Donald Trump, after shouting remarks against the United States President.

The man, identified as Jonathan Oddi, 42, lowered a flag that was flying outside the club, went into the lobby at about 1.30am local time and draped it over the counter. He then pointed a gun at people in the lobby, fired at the ceiling and a chandelier, and waited to attack responding police, Miami-Dade police director Juan Perez said.

The man "was trying to lure our officers... into this gunfight. He did succeed, and he did lose. That's the bottom line," he added. Police shot Oddi multiple times in the legs and arrested him. He was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe