After nearly two years in the post, Nikki Haley announced her resignation from her position as US ambassador to the UN. Haley did not provide an explanation for her departure. President Trump appeared alongside Haley during her announcement and said she did ‘an incredible job.’ Trump said a replacement will be named within three weeks.
Thousands of residents in Florida have been ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Michael will reach the area on Wednesday. The storm has already killed 13 people in Central America and is expected to be a category four hurricane with winds faster than 100mph. States of emergency have been declared in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
More than 12,000 people were evacuated following an explosion on Tuesday at a depot in northern Ukraine caused by ammunition. Security services said ‘possible sabotage’ was being investigated at the depot near the village of Druzhba. More than 60 people needed medical attention after the explosion, though no deaths were reported.
A Romanian man was released without charge by Bulgarian authorities in connection with the murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova. European leaders demanded a formal investigation. UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt told Saudi Arabia that Britain expects answers in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying the UK will treat the incident ‘very seriously.’
South Africa’s finance minister Nhlanhla Nene resigned on Tuesday after what the country’s President Cyril Ramaphosa called ‘errors of judgment.’ Controversy surrounded Nene due to his testimony in a graft inquiry. Nene admitted meeting members of the Gupta family accused of corruption. Nene was immediately replaced by former South African Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wants Pope Francis to visit his country and believes he will be received ‘enthusiastically.’ Kim reportedly expressed his desire during a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. A request for Catholic priests to be accepted in North Korea was denied two decades ago. North Korea is officially atheist.