World Briefs: Ex-French PM Valls to quit Socialist Party

Ex-French PM Valls to quit Socialist Party PARIS • Former French prime minister Manuel Valls, 54, has said he is quitting the Socialist Party and would be allied with President Emmanuel Macron's centrist group, in another humiliation for the former ruling party.

He said yesterday he would be part of the presidential "majority" in the National Assembly led by Mr Macron's Republic on the Move. But the party has ruled out the possibility of him with a leading role.


Brazil's President charged with bribery

BRASILIA • Brazil's top prosecutor charged President Michel Temer with bribery on Monday, plunging Latin America's biggest country into what could be prolonged new political turmoil.

Although several past Brazilian presidents and scores of other politicians are being investigated for corruption in the "Car Wash" probe, he is the country's first leader to face criminal charges while still in office.


Misbehaving police booted from G-20 duty BERLIN • Police units sent from Berlin to help secure a Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Hamburg next week have been sent home after media reports that some officers had sex and urinated in the open, and others brandished weapons while drunk at a wild party.

A Hamburg police spokesman confirmed that three units of about 300 officers in total from Berlin had been discharged and would not join the operation to secure the event, where police are bracing themselves for violence by anti-capitalist protesters.


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