Authorities close Catania airport following eruption of Mount Etna in Italy

Italy’s Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano, erupted on Monday, sending a huge column of ash into the sky and causing the closure of Catania airport on Sicily’s eastern coast. A chain of around 130 earth tremors have rocked the volcano since around 0800 GMT on Monday, Italy’s National Institute for Geophysics and… Read More Authorities close Catania airport following eruption of Mount Etna in Italy

Dozens killed as militants attack government building in Afghanistan

Afghan authorities on Tuesday collected 43 bodies from a government compound in the capital Kabul that was targeted by a suicide bomber and extremists armed with assault rifles on Monday, officials said. The attack began when the suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden car in front of a government building that houses a public welfare… Read More Dozens killed as militants attack government building in Afghanistan

Pakistani court sentences former PM Nawaz Sharif to seven years imprisonment 

Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to seven years in prison on Monday and fined $25 million on corruption charges that he says were politically motivated. The anti-corruption court in Islamabad said in its ruling that the three-time prime minister was unable to prove the source of income that had led to his… Read More Pakistani court sentences former PM Nawaz Sharif to seven years imprisonment 

Israel to hold early general election in April 2019

Israel will hold an early general election in April, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, after members of his governing coalition met to discuss differences over legislation. “The leaders of the coalition decided unanimously to dissolve parliament and go to a new election in early April,” the spokesman wrote on Twitter,… Read More Israel to hold early general election in April 2019

Myanmar court hears arguments in jailed Reuters reporters’ appeal case

A Myanmar court heard arguments on Monday in the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were found guilty in September after a trial at a Yangon district court in a landmark case that has raised questions… Read More Myanmar court hears arguments in jailed Reuters reporters’ appeal case

Brazilian judge overturns injunction blocking sale of Embraer to Boeing

A Brazilian judge overturned on Friday a decision that put the brakes on planemaker Embraer’s proposed sale of 80 percent of its commercial aviation division to Boeing Co, as the judicial back-and-forth surrounding the deal continued. According to public news agency Agencia Estado, Federal Judge Therezinha Cazerta suspended a decision which had suspended the sale… Read More Brazilian judge overturns injunction blocking sale of Embraer to Boeing