The secret passage featured rail and ventilation systems, electricity and reinforced walls, authorities said. The tunnel is in one of the most fortified stretches of the border, illustrating the limitations of border walls.
The Spanish government has approved a draft bill that widens abortion rights for teenagers and may make Spain the first country in Europe entitling workers to paid menstrual leave. The measures are part of a package of proposals that will be sent to the Spanish parliament for debate. The package includes an extension of abortion rights, scrapping the requirement for 16- and 17-year-olds to obtain parental consent before terminating a pregnancy. The government also proposes giving workers who are experiencing period pain as much time off as they need, with the state social security system — not employers — paying for sick leave.
German prosecutors have sought a five-year prison sentence for a 101-year-old man who is on trial for his alleged role as a Nazi SS guard at a concentration camp during World War II. The defendant is charged with 3,518 counts of being an accessory to murder at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin, where he allegedly worked between 1942 and 1945 as an enlisted member of the Nazi Party’s paramilitary wing. A prosecutor told the defendant on Tuesday that he “accepted the dehumanization of the victims.” The defendant has told the court that he didn’t know the Sachsenhausen camp.
The British government says it will pass a law to change the trade treaty it signed with the European Union less than two years ago. The move dramatically escalates a fight with the EU over post-Brexit trade. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Tuesday that the move “is consistent with our obligations in international law.” But the threat of legislation is sure to rile the EU, which accuses Prime Minister Boris Johnson of trying to wriggle out of a deal that his government negotiated and signed as part of the U.K.’s exit from the bloc in 2020. The move raises the specter of a trade war between Britain and the 27-nation bloc.
Human rights activists have asked the Philippine Supreme Court to block Congress from proclaiming Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as the next president, alleging that he lied when he said he had not been convicted of any crime. The Commission on Election had twice dismissed the petition and six other similar complaints to cancel Marcos Jr.’s candidacy papers ahead of the May 9 vote. The petitioners elevated the case to the highest court on Monday, saying Marcos Jr. had been convicted of tax evasion, which should have permanently barred him from seeking public office. Most of the petitioners are leaders of groups representing survivors of martial law in the 1970s under late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the father of the presumptive next president.