BRUSSELS – Finland’s and Sweden’s applications to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will be processed quickly if the Scandinavian countries choose to do so, said the military alliance’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday.
“If they decide to apply, Finland and Sweden will be welcomed with open arms to NATO. Finland and Sweden are our closest partners,” Stoltenberg told reporters at the European Parliament in Brussels. (NATO-Finland-Sweden)
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BELGRADE – The Montenegrin parliament with 81 members of parliament on Thursday elected a new government led by Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic, with 45 votes in favor and three against.
Nearly three months after former Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic’s cabinet was ousted by a no-confidence vote on February 4, Abazovic, the leader of the United Reform Action movement, has formed a cabinet of 18 ministers. This includes two ministers without portfolios and four deputy prime ministers. (Montenegro Government)
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MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan – At least nine civilians were killed and 13 others injured in double explosions on Thursday in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province, the province’s police spokesman confirmed.
“The explosions occurred in a short time at approximately 19.00 local time in the police district (PD) 3 and PD 10 in the city,” spokesman Mohammad Asif Waziri told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Twin Bombings)
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BRAZZAVILLE – A total of 132 people have lost their lives due to measles in 6,259 cases registered on April 24 across the Republic of Congo, Congolese Minister of Health Gilbert Mokoki said on Thursday.
According to the Minister, the Pointe-Noire region, the country’s economic capital, is the epicenter of the epidemic with 5,488 reported cases including 112 deaths since the beginning of 2022. (Congo measles)
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NEW DELHI – A massive fire at a landfill in the Indian capital on Thursday continued for the third day in a row, with firefighters fighting hard to put it out.
The fire at the colossal landfill in Bhalaswa that started on Tuesday night was still raging.
Heavy stinging smoke coming from the blazing landfill hangs over the city and causes inconvenience to locals, especially those living nearby. (India-Landfill-Fire)