David Cameron won't seek a third term
Just over six weeks before seeking a second term in May's general election, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain ruled out serving a third. In an interview with the BBC, Cameron said he would run for a full second term, but added, "The third term is not something I am contemplating," a stance that could undermine his authority if he secures an election victory on May 7. He named potential successors, including Theresa May, the home secretary; George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer; and Boris Johnson, the mayor of London. There is no limit in Britain on the number of terms a prime minister can serve.
Court blocks limits on online messages
The Supreme Court struck down a section of its country's information technology act that had made it illegal for anyone to spread "offensive messages" on electronic devices and resulted in arrests over posts on Facebook and other social media. Supreme Court Judge Rohinton Fali Nariman wrote that the section of the law was unconstitutional, saying the vaguely worded law had wrongly swept up innocent people and had a "chilling" effect on free speech.
Three men executed in train station attack
A provincial court announced that authorities had executed three men for carrying out a knife attack last year on civilians in a train station in which 31 people were killed and 141 were wounded. The court said that the men were Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz and Hasayn Muhammad, which are ethnic Uighur names. Officials said an eight-person group was responsible for the attack; four were shot dead at the scene.
Traffic restrictions in Paris are suspended
Officials in Paris suspended their order to keep half of the city's cars off the roads after a day of banning them because of thick smog and air pollution. Cars with license plates ending in even numbers were barred from being driven on Paris-area streets Monday. Cars carrying three or more passengers, emergency vehicles, and electric and hybrid cars were exempt from the ban. Riders hopped on public transit for free. The pollution reached high levels last week, but officials said the day of cutting back traffic helped.
Secret Service chided for agents' behavior
Leaders of a House panel called for more transparency from the Secret Service and criticized the agency's director for being the sole official to testify about an incident earlier this month in which two agents allegedly drove into a White House barricade and disrupted an investigation. Lawmakers called on Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy and several other agency officials on the scene of the March 4 incident to testify about it. Clancy had said earlier that he was "very frustrated" that he did not hear about the incident until five days after it occurred and promised to hold his staff accountable pending an internal investigation.
Lawyer challenges arrest in shooting
The attorney for the man charged with shooting and wounding two police officers outside the Ferguson Police Department said that authorities have arrested the wrong person. Jerryl Christmas for Jeffrey Williams, 20, said his client is innocent despite disclosures in court documents that Williams' arrest came after a police informant secretly videotaped him talking about firing the shots. Williams, who lives near Ferguson, faces life in prison if convicted of carrying out the March 12 shooting, which came as a protest was winding down outside the police station. Both officers were treated and released from the hospital.