Below is a summary of current world news.
Pakistan’s largest province to hold snap polls to win former prime minister Khan
Snap local elections will be held in Pakistan’s most populous province, officials said, after the provincial leader, an ally of ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan, triggered the poll, putting pressure on the government ahead of a planned general election. Holding local elections in a province of 110 million people, about half of Pakistan’s population, would be a costly and logistically complicated exercise for a government that depends on foreign aid and is reeling from ‘impact of last year’s devastating floods.
China braces for surge in COVID holidays as people leave megacities for hometowns
Baggage-laden passengers flocked to railway stations and airports in China’s megacities on Monday, heading home for a holiday that health experts fear could intensify a COVID-19 outbreak that has claimed thousands of lives. After three years of strict and suffocating virus controls, China in early December abruptly abandoned its “zero COVID” policy, letting the virus spread freely through its 1.4 billion people.
Brazil’s crowdfunding insurgency leaves a paper trail for police
With a Brazilian flag around his neck and his feet propped up on a dark wooden table, Samuel Faria leaned back in the ceremonial chair of the president of the Brazilian Senate he had just taken over and watched the chaos on the lawn outside. “It’s starting out there,” he said, watching from his senate as yellow and green supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro ransacked government buildings in Brasilia on January 8. He then thanked his patrons.
Bulgaria’s socialists have the last chance to form a government
In a last-ditch attempt to end Bulgaria’s prolonged political stalemate, President Rumen Radev has invited the Socialist Party to try to form a government, its leader said on Monday, but there was little chance of success. Bulgaria’s two biggest political parties, the centre-right GERB and the anti-corruption PP, have no longer found support to form a working coalition government after inconclusive elections on October 2, the country’s fourth in less than two years.
Death toll in Russian missile attack in Ukraine rises to 40
The death toll from a Russian missile attack on the Ukrainian city of Dnipro rose to 40 on Monday with dozens more missing, making it the deadliest civilian incident in Moscow’s three-month missile campaign in cities far from the front. Germany’s Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht resigned on Monday after remarks about the war were criticized as tone-deaf, setting the stage for what is expected to be one of the most important weeks to outline support Western military in Kyiv.
Nepal finds plane black boxes after deadliest crash in 30 years
Investigators on Monday found both the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder of a passenger flight that crashed, killing at least 68 people in Nepal’s worst plane crash in 30 years, they officials say. Data from the recorders may help investigators determine what caused the Yeti Airlines ATR 72 plane, carrying 72 people, to crash in clear weather on Sunday just before landing in the resort city of Pokhara.
A pair of pilots died in plane crashes in Nepal, 16 years apart
In 2010, Anju Khatiwada joined Nepal’s Yeti Airlines, following in the footsteps of her husband, a pilot who had died in an accident four years earlier when a small passenger plane he was flying for the domestic airline went down minutes earlier to land On Sunday, Khatiwada, 44, was the co-pilot of a Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu that crashed on approach to the city of Pokhara, killing at least 68 people in the deadliest plane crash of the Himalayan nation in three decades.
An official stationed by Russia in Crimea says air defenses shot down 10 drones
The governor of Sevastopol in Russian-installed Crimea said on Monday that air defenses had shot down 10 drones over the city in what he called a “failed attack by Ukraine”. Sevastopol, which is on the Crimean peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014, has come under repeated airstrikes since Russia invaded Ukraine last February. Russian officials have blamed the attacks on Ukraine.
Yellen will meet with China’s Vice Premier Liu He on Wednesday in Zurich – US Treasury
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will meet Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in Switzerland on Wednesday to exchange views on economic developments and deepen communication between the world’s two largest economies, an official said of the Treasury Yellen’s first in-person meeting with Liu is part of a pledge by both countries to work to ease tensions following President Joe Biden’s talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Indonesia in November.
Italy arrests top mafia boss, Messina Denaro, in a Sicilian hospital
Italy’s most wanted mob boss Matteo Messina Denaro was arrested Monday by armed police at a private hospital in Sicily, where the man who had been on the run since 1993 was being treated for cancer. Nicknamed “Diabolik” and “‘U Siccu” (The Skinny), Messina Denaro had been sentenced in absentia to life in prison for his role in the 1992 murders of anti-mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, crimes that shocked the nation. and led to a crackdown on Cosa Nostra.
(With contributions from agencies.)