France grants asylum to wife of ex-Interpol chief charged in China May 16, 2019 0 408 12345 ReutersPARISFrance has granted asylum to the wife of a former head of the international police cooperation agency Interpol, after he was charged in his native China with corruption, the wife’s lawyer said on Wednesday.Grace Meng first reported in October that her husband Meng Hongwei had gone missing after travelling back to China from their home in France where the organisation is based. Days later, Interpol said he had resigned as its president. Chinese prosecutors this month filed formal charges against him, accusing him of abuse of power and taking bribes.Grace Meng’s lawyer Emmanuel Marsigny said she had applied for asylum in France and her application was approved. The French Foreign Ministry did not comment on the outcome of the case but said the decision was made by an independent body and complied with French and international law. In March, China’s ruling Communist Party said its own investigation into Meng found he spent lavish amounts of state funds, abused his power and refused to follow party decisions.His wife has dismissed the allegations and said his arrest was politically motivated. Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said he was unaware of the specifics. RELATED ARTICLES Merkel says she and Macron ‘wrestle’ on policy issues May 16, 2019 0 394 65 migrants rescued off Libya; Salvini says Italy won’t take them May 16, 2019 0 420 Congress has no right to ‘do-over’ of Russia probe, says White House counsel May 16, 2019 0 956 Republicans try to spark US top court showdown over access to abortion AFP Washington Republican-led legislatures in state after state are passing bills restricting abortion access in a bid to eventually challenge the 1973 US Supreme Court ruling allowing a woman to terminate a .. May ‘sure’ lawmakers will want to deliver Brexit in June vote Reuters LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was confident lawmakers would want to deliver Brexit when legislation to secure Britain’s departure from the European Union comes before parliament next .. Anarchists throw paint at US ambassador’s home in Greece AFP Athens Greek radical anarchists on Wednesday threw paint outside the home of the American ambassador to Greece in support of a jailed far-left assassin, the group said. “I woke up to more childish vandalism this .. Polish ambassador spat at in Israel amid rising tensions WARSAW: Poland’s ambassador to Israel was spat at while sitting in his car in Tel Aviv, Israeli police said, and the Polish government condemned the incident, which coincided with rising tensions between the two .. Mexico gives ‘protection’ to Venezuelan oppn lawmaker AFP Mexico City The Mexican government said Tuesday that its embassy in Venezuela has taken in opposition lawmaker Franco Manuel Casella to provide him “protection and safety,” even as Mexico City insists it is not ..