The world news daily digest update from Guardian Liberty Voice for July 24, 2014 covers the disappearance of Air Algerie flight 5017, whose wreckage was found in Mali. The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation following the collapse of the coalition. Meanwhile, there has been an increase in security in Norway following a threat of an attack.
Air Algerie Flight 5017 Crashed in Mali
According to a French Ministry of Defense official the Air Algerie flight 5017 carrying 116 people who vanished from radar shortly after takeoff from Burkina Faso late Wednesday night has crashed in Mali, and that two French fighter jets have located the wreckage. France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius announced that the flight 5017 has probably crashed.
The passenger plane carrying 116 people was the Switair MD-83 disappeared 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso on Wednesday. The plane had been missing for hours before any signs of wreckage were found near the Malian city of Gao. Swiftair is a private Spanish airline which was carrying 110 passengers and 6 crew members.
Burkina Faso Transport Minister, Jean Bertin Ouedraogo released the list of passengers which included 27 of their citizens along with 51 French citizens, and a number of people from Lebanon, Algeria, Canada, Germany, Luxembourg, Cameroon, Belgium, Egypt, Mali, Nigeria, the Ukraine and Switzerland. According to the Spanish pilots’ union, all six crew members were Spanish. This is world’s third major airline crash in two weeks.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk Resigns
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, following the collapse of the coalition, has announced his resignation on Thursday. The announcement was made after notification came from two parties that they were pulling out of the coalition. Yatsenyuk said due to the collapse of the governing coalition, the Parliament was no longer able to do the necessary work and pass the laws brought before them.
The two parties that dropped out of the coalition were the Udar party led by Vitali Klitschko and the nationalist Svoboda party. They pulled out of the legislative group that took over after former President Viktor Yanukovich was forced out of office by protesters who wished for a closer relationship with the European Union. According to Vitali Klitschko the Parliament is unprepared for constructive dialogue with the population. The nationalist Svoboda party issued a similar statement.
The current Parliament speaker Aleksandr Turchynov said it was up to Svoboda Party and Udar party to propose a new candidate for the temporary position of the Prime Minister. The candidate would lead the government until an election can be held.
Norway Threatened of Imminent Terror Attack
Norway’s security police have warned citizens that people with connections to an extremist group in Syria intend to carry out a terror attack in Norway. The threat is considered to be credible but unspecific, with little information about where the attack will take place. Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg was informed late Wednesday and has postponed her holiday in order to deal with the threat.
The threat has led to an increase in security throughout the nation, particularly at Norwegian borders and the two of Norway’s atomic reactors. The flights remain unaffected until more intelligence is gathered. Meanwhile, Oslo City Hall and the Royal Palace have been closed to public. Countries around the world are concerned for the well-being of citizens in Norway and have announced that all travelers must remain vigilant.
The chief of Norway’s security police, Benedicte Bjornland announced that the attack was planned to take place within the next few days. Justice Minister Anders Anundsen said all people should remain vigilant and follow the instructions from police.
World News Digest Commentary by Ivelina Kunina
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