DAKAR — A Chinese member of a United Nations (UN)mission in Mali was killed and four other Chinese peacekeepers were injured in an attack on UN peacekeepers, China’s Embassy in Mali said Wednesday.
The Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said in a statement that the MINUSMA camp in the Water Tower neighborhood of Gao was “the target of an attack by mortars or rockets” at approximately 20:45 p.m. (2045 GMT) on Tuesday evening. (Mali-Peacekeepers-Attack)
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TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that he will further delay an already controversial planned tax hike from April 2017 to October 2019 in a sign that his once-revered “Abenomics” blend of economic policies has failed to breathe life into Japan’s ailing economy.
Speaking at a televised press conference, the Japanese leader said the delay was “essential to support not just Japanese growth, but global growth” and some of his decision making on the contentious issue was made following the outcome of the Group of Seven (G7) leaders’ summit he hosted last week. (Japan-Abe-Tax Hike Delay)
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MOGADISHU — At least three senior Al-Shabaab militants including most wanted insurgent leader are believed to have been killed in southern Somalia by Somalia security forces on Tuesday night, officials said on Wednesday.
Abdirashid Hassan Abdinur, Minister of security for Jubbaland State said the three were killed during a security operation in Bulo-Gadud location, some 30 km north of the coast town of Kismayo, the administrative capital of Jubbaland state in Somalia. (Somalia-Attack)
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AMMAN — A new Jordanian government headed by Hani Al Mulki was sworn in Wednesday before King Abdullah II of Jordan, the state-run Petra news agency reported.
The new government saw the entry of new ministers in portfolios of health, culture and transport. (Jordan-Cabinet)
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GENEVA — Measuring 57 km long and located in Switzerland’s historic heartland, the Gotthard Base Tunnel officially opened on Wednesday after 17 years of work to bring the engineering feat to completion.
With rock cover up to 2,300 meters in depth, the base tunnel is not only the deepest but also the longest and most expensive railway tunnel in the world, having cost CHF 12.2 billion (12.35 billion U.S. dollars) to bring the game-changing endeavor to life. (Switzerland-Tunnel-Open) Enditem
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