New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that he will resign, relinquishing under extraordinary pressure his decade-long grip on power and heading off a potential impeachment by New York’s Democratic-led legislature a week after the release of a report by the state attorney general that found he had sexually harassed 11 women. “Given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing,” Cuomo said.
German prosecutors said Wednesday they have detained a British citizen who is accused of spying for Russia while working at the British Embassy in Berlin. Federal prosecutors said in a statement that the man was detained on Tuesday in the city of Potsdam southwest of the capital based on cooperative investigations by German and British authorities.
Wildfires tearing through forested areas of northern Algeria have killed at least 65 people, state television reported on Wednesday, as some of the most destructive blazes in the country’s history continued to rage. Forest fires have set large parts of Algeria, Turkey and Greece aflame over the past week and a European Union atmosphere monitor said the Mediterranean had become a wildfire hotspot aided by increasingly hot weather.
The future of Poland’s three-party coalition government has been thrown into doubt as parliament votes on Wednesday on a controversial media ownership bill that could lead to the country’s largest remaining independent TV station losing its license. After a night of protests in Warsaw and 80 other towns and cities against the bill, the government said on Wednesday it was confident of winning the vote.
Instagram has announced new features designed to restrict hate speech during “sudden spikes” of abuse. Its new “limits” feature automatically hides comments and messages from people who do not follow – or just started following – users who switch it on. It was designed to stop abuse from large numbers of people “who simply pile on in the moment”, Instagram said.