Mexican authorities arrest four people in connection with 2018 helicopter crash that killed Puebla governor, senator

Mexican authorities said on Friday they detained four people in connection with a helicopter crash two years ago that killed the governor of the central state of Puebla, Martha Alonso, and her husband, Rafael Moreno Valle, a senator and former governor. On December 24, 2018, their helicopter came down shortly after taking off from Puebla,… Read More Mexican authorities arrest four people in connection with 2018 helicopter crash that killed Puebla governor, senator

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, invites him to Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Friday with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and invited him to visit Israel, Netanyahu’s office said. The two leaders spoke about moving forward with a U.S.-brokered agreement announced earlier this month to normalize bilateral ties, according to the Israeli statement. Netanyahu also thanked King Mohammed for hosting an official… Read More Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, invites him to Israel

Death toll from deadly attack in western Ethiopia rises to 222

The death toll from a Wednesday attack in the western Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia has risen to 222 people, a volunteer from the country’s Red Cross said on Friday. “Yesterday we buried 207 people who are the victims and 15 more from the attackers,” said the volunteer, Melese Mesfin. The attack occurred in the village… Read More Death toll from deadly attack in western Ethiopia rises to 222

Ethiopia set to hold parliamentary election in mid-2021

Ethiopia will hold a parliamentary election on June 5, 2021, the National Electoral Board said on Friday, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tries to quell outbreaks of deadly political and ethnic violence in several regions. Abiy’s Prosperity Party, a pan-Ethiopian movement he founded a year ago, faces challenges from increasingly strident ethnically-based parties seeking more… Read More Ethiopia set to hold parliamentary election in mid-2021

Mali’s opposition leader Soumaila Cisse dies at 71

The long-time leader of Mali’s opposition, Soumaila Cisse, has died at the age of 71, his spokesman said on Friday, two months after his release from lengthy captivity by Islamist insurgents. Cisse, a former finance minister who finished runner-up in the 2013 and 2018 presidential elections to Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was considered among the favourites… Read More Mali’s opposition leader Soumaila Cisse dies at 71

Pope Francis calls on nations to prioritize sharing of vaccines in his Christmas message

Pope Francis in his Christmas message on Friday said political and business leaders must not allow market forces and patent laws to take priority over making COVID-19 vaccines available to all, condemning nationalism and “the virus of radical individualism”. In a sign of the times, Francis delivered his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city… Read More Pope Francis calls on nations to prioritize sharing of vaccines in his Christmas message

Japan plans to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles by 2030

Japan aims to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in the next 15 years, the government said on Friday in a plan to reach net zero carbon emissions and generate nearly $2 trillion a year in green growth by 2050. The “green growth strategy,” targeting the hydrogen and auto industries, is meant as an action plan to achieve… Read More Japan plans to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles by 2030