Former French President Jacques Chirac has died at the age of 86. In Paris today a minute’s silence was held in the National Assembly when the former President’s death was announced. In a long career which began under Charles de Gaulle, Chirac was twice Prime Minister of France before serving as head of state from 1995 to 2007. During his term his opposition to the Iraq War put him at loggerheads with George W. Bush and Tony Blair.
Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, has said he has been trying to raise the alarm at the United Nations this week about the danger of a nuclear war breaking out over Kashmir. India and Pakistan came close to a conflict in February when India bombed Pakistani territory for the first time in a half century and warplanes from both countries fought a dogfight over the divided region.
US lawmakers are preparing to question President Trump’s top intelligence official over a whistleblower complaint that sparked an impeachment inquiry. Acting national intelligence director Joseph Maguire initially refused to share the complaint with Congress. It refers to a controversial phone call between Mr Trump and the Ukrainian president, US media report. In the call, Mr Trump pushes Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate corruption claims involving the son of Joe Biden.
Abortion has now been decriminalized in almost all of Australia after the country’s most populous state voted to overturn a 119-year-old law. On Thursday, lawmakers in New South Wales — which is home to Sydney — voted to pass a bill that decriminalizes abortion and makes terminations available to people who are less than 22 weeks pregnant.
Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva was confirmed on Wednesday as managing director of the International Monetary Fund, the IMF said, becoming the first person from an emerging economy to head the global lender. A center-right politician who grew up in Bulgaria under communism, Georgieva has built a reputation during her time at the World Bank as a tenacious straight-shooter and leader in the global fight against climate change.