The world this week -- Politics
Police investigating the murder of a Conservative MP in Britain were treating the incident as an act of terrorism.
Sir David Amess, who represented the town of Southend, to the east of London, was stabbed to death while holding one of his weekly consultations with constituents.
The suspect is a 25-year-old man born in Britain to a Somali family.
He had reportedly once been referred to a programme that tries to turn youngsters away from radicalisation.
The European Parliament awarded its annual Sakharov prize to Alexei Navalny, Russia’s leading opposition figure, who has been imprisoned after surviving an assassination attempt by Russian agents.
Ursula von der Leyen vowed that the European Commission will punish Poland after its constitutional court, acting on a legal request from the prime minister, ruled that parts of the EU treaties are not compatible with Polish law.
The commission president’s threat is directed against Polish access to some 57bn euros ($66bn) in funds for recovery from the pandemic.
A primary involving members of six opposition parties in Hungary chose Peter Marki-Zay, the mayor of a small town, as their joint candidate to take on Viktor Orban, the prime minister, in elections due next spring.
The parties will also field joint candidates for all parliamentary seats.
A panel of senators in Brazil recommended in a draft report that Jair Bolsonaro, the president, be charged with crimes against humanity, among other things, for playing down the covid-19 virus and failing to tackle it.
Mr Bolsonaro, who has told Brazilians to “stop whining” about the disease, is unlikely to stand trial.
More than 600,000 of his countrymen have died.
Thousands of people protested in El Salvador against President Nayib Bukele.
Salvadoreans are angry about the introduction of bitcoin as legal tender and decisions that have eroded democracy, such as the dismissal of judges.
Responding to the protests, Mr Bukele changed his Twitter profile to “Emperor of El Salvador”.
A group of 17 American and Canadian missionaries, including children, were abducted by a gang in Haiti.
The Caribbean country already had one of the highest kidnapping rates in the world, but the security situation has deteriorated since the assassination in July of the then president, Jovenel Moise.
Emboldened gangs are vying for territory.