SOUTH KOREA: Opposition leader Moon Jae Win, who advocates improved ties with North Korea, was chosen as the Democratic Party’s candidate to succeed ousted president Park Geun Hye.
His nomination boosts his status as frontrunner in the May 9 election, triggered after Ms Park was removed from office over corruption allegations.
Mr Moon, who lost the 2012 presidential election to Ms Park, has called her hard-line policy toward North Korea a failure.
AFGHANISTAN: Officials confirmed yesterday that at least four intelligence service agents have been killed in Ghazni province.
Paktika deputy provincial director Abdul Wahib Khan, his driver and two other people were killed in an ambush on Sunday.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.
GERMANY: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government told her own conservative Christian Democratic Union yesterday that new legislation to regulate Muslim organisations is unnecessary.
Some members of her party had urged a ban on foreign funding of Islamic organisations and for Muslims to get statutory rights to pastoral care from an imam in prisons and hospitals.
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that such a law was “a non-issue” at the moment, noting that religious freedom is guaranteed by the constitution.
FRANCE: Conservative presidential hopeful Francois Fillon accused the Socialist government yesterday of “manipulations” designed to eliminate him from the presidential race.
He and his wife face charges in a probe over parliamentary work that investigators suspect she never performed.
Mr Fillon said that he had made a mistake in initially pledging to withdraw his candidacy if charged.