GERMANY

Pilot boots bachelor party

German police say the pilot of a Ryanair plane from London to Bratislava made an unscheduled landing to eject members of a bachelor party — including the groom. Federal police say the six men disturbed security on board the plane and ignored the crew’s instructions, prompting the pilot to land in Berlin late Friday. On Saturday, police said the drunken Englishmen aged 25 to 28 were met by officers upon landing at Schoenefeld airport. They now face fines of up to 25,000 euros each.

CONGO

Dozens of kids to go home

Congo’s ambassador to the United States said 82 children soon will join their adoptive parents abroad in the latest cases to be cleared by the government after more than two years of waiting. Ambassador Francois Balumuene said Saturday that the latest adoptees bring the total number of cases resolved to about 300 in four months. But as many as 1,000 other children still await resolution on their cases so they can leave the country and join adoptive families in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The Congolese government halted international adoptions in 2013, saying the system was beset by corruption.

ENGLAND

Anti-nuke rally draws crowd

Thousands marched through London on Saturday to oppose the renewal of Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system in what demonstrators described as the biggest such rally in a generation. Waving placards and banners, the protesters offered their opposition ahead of a final government decision on whether to replace the current generation of submarines that carry the nuclear warheads. Britain’s Ministry of Defense says getting the new submarines will cost 31 billion pounds ($43 billion) over a 20-year procurement program, along with another 10 billion pounds for unexpected cost increases.

NAMIBIA

Students to learn Mandarin

Namibian media reported Saturday that the Chinese government has sponsored several classrooms in Namibian schools to teach Mandarin. The Namibian Press Agency said that China’s Ambassador to Namibia Xin Shunkang inaugurated a classroom at a school outside the capital last week. The school is one of several in the district that will offer language classes for two hours after school. The school’s principal Jakavaza Kavari said learning Mandarin will help the children when they apply for scholarships later.

Compiled from wire reports