The US has recalled its ambassador to Zambia after he called the imprisonment of a gay couple “horrifying” and accused authorities of corruption.
Daniel Foote, a career diplomat appointed by the Trump administration in 2017, had issued a strongly worded statement criticising the 15-year sentences handed down to two men for being in a relationship. Homosexuality is illegal in Zambia.
He was bent double in the narrow space between a dry stone wall at a the home on the island of Phuket, southern Thailand. Rescue workers arrived and discovered he was holding a shopping bag with a pack of instant noodles.
The fall of the Thai King’s concubine from grace was too good a chance to miss, writing — at length — about the weird court of the Bangkok royal family, the monarch’s marriage to a former air stewardess and appointing his poodle, Fufu, as air chief marshal.
Finally, Hugh Tomlinson, The Times correspondent in Delhi, revealed a slice of his own life, trying to bring up his very young twin sons in the most polluted city in the world.
Ignatenko was summoned to the blaze but suffered severe poisoning from the radiation which was released into the atmosphere. Lyudmila was by his bedside in hospital, in a scene depicted in the HBO series which was released earlier this year.
At the western island resort of Coron, the beaches emptied and boat tours were suspended as Western tourists stayed in their rooms to await the typhoon onslaught later on Thursday.
“Many of the tourist establishments here are closed, and some of our guests failed to arrive because their flights were cancelled,” hotel receptionist Nina Edanosaid. “We’re not scared, but the ambience here is generally gloomy.”