New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days after her government agreed in principle to tougher legislation. New Zealand, a country that has traditionally had very low homicide rates, has been placed on its highest security threat level after its worst peacetime mass killing. Fifty people were killed and dozens wounded in the attack at two mosques in the South Island city during last Friday prayers.
Opponents of Serb President Aleksandar Vucic broke into the state-run RTS television building on Saturday, demanding to address the population, in images aired live. Among the dozens who invaded RTS on Saturday were opposition figures including former Belgrade mayor Dragan Djilas and Bosko Obradovic, leader of the right-wing Dveri party.
The EU, US and Canada slapped on Friday new sanctions on more than a dozen Russian officials and businesses, citing Moscow's "continued aggression in Ukraine". Six Russian officials, six defence firms and two energy and construction firms were targeted, either over the seizure of Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait, or for their activities in Russian-annexed Crimea or separatist eastern Ukraine.
New Zealand suffered its worst mass shooting of modern times, with 49 people dead and more than 20 seriously injured after a terrorist attack at two mosques in the South Island city of Christchurch. According to the latest announcements from the police authorities, a 28-years-old Australian has been charged with murder and should appear in a local court tomorrow morning.
The third Brussels conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”, co-chaired by the EU and the UN, ended on Thursday with a pledge by international donors of a record figure of more than €8.3bn in aid for this devastated country and for the refugees who fled the nine-year long conflict. Almost two-thirds of the overall pledge come from the EU.
North Korea is reportedly considering suspending nuclear talks with the United States and its leader may rethink a ban on missile tests, he have already imposed, a senior North Korean official said Friday.
More European allies in NATO increased defence spending in 2018, with sharp rises in the Baltics, Poland and the Netherlands, but still only six governments met a target sought by the US, while Germany significantly lags, news wires reported.
Ethiopia, China and Indonesia have grounded their Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleets on Monday, a day following the disaster that killed 157 people on the board of an Ethiopian Airlines plane, news wires reported. It was the second tragedy involving the same Boeing model in just over four months, after a crash in Indonesia in late October.
The US is reportedly preparing to impose sanctions on all EU firms that co-finance Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany and companies involved in laying the pipes in the Baltic Sea. According to WSJ, which first reported the news, the financial penalties would follow an amendment to existing measures against Russia, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.
There were no survivors from an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi that crashed with 157 passengers and eight crew members aboard, the state broadcaster said on Sunday. “There are no survivors on board the flight, which carried passengers from 33 countries,” said state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, quoting an unidentified source at the airline.