World briefs

United Kingdom

Parliament crash suspect charged

LONDON — A driver whose car collided with several people before crashing outside Britain’s Parliament has been charged with attempted murder, police in London said Saturday.

The Metropolitan Police force said 29-year-old Salih Khater faces two charges — trying to kill police officers, and trying to kill members of the public.

Pakistan

Cricket star sworn in as prime minister

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan was sworn in as prime minister on Saturday despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf in last month’s elections.

Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party won the most seats in the

July 25 national elections but fell short of an outright majority. It allied with independents to form a coalition, and Khan was elected by the National Assembly on Friday.

Germany

Nation unprepared for alien landing

BERLIN — The German government said it has made no preparations for the possibility that aliens might land in the European country.

In a response to questions from opposition Green Party lawmaker Dieter Janecek, the government said “there are no protocols or plans for a possible first contact with alien life.”

Justifying that stance, the government added it believes “a first contact on German territory is extremely unlikely, based on today’s scientific knowledge.”