Israel could be heading towards an unprecedented third election in less than 12 months. Opposition leader, Benny Gantz – a former general who heads the Blue and White party – has followed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure in October, to form a government. Gantz announced on Wednesday that he would not meet a midnight deadline, deepening political deadlock at a time of mounting security and economic concerns.
The Queen has given permission for Prince Andrew to “step back from public duties for the foreseeable future” after days of mounting pressure following his interview with the BBC about his friendship with the convicted child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke of York also said he was “willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations if required” over the US probe into Epstein.
Bolivia’s interim government presented a bill on Wednesday that aims to forge a path to new elections and defuse street violence that has racked the country and killed 32 people since a disputed October vote. The South American country’s two chambers of congress are expected to debate the election bill beginning on Thursday and possibly extending into Friday, which would annul the Oct. 20 poll.
A Spanish court has called budget airline Ryanair’s policy of charging a fee for hand luggage “excessive” after a passenger was fined for taking a carry-on bag without a special ticket. The passenger was forced to pay a €20 (£17) fine to bring her 10kg luggage on board. Ryanair allows only small bags as hand luggage if they can be stowed beneath the seat in front.
More than half the world’s donkey population could be wiped out in five years due to rising demand in Chinese medicine, charity Donkey Sanctuary has warned. Nearly five million skins are used every year to make ejiao, a gel believed to be a health remedy, putting enormous strain on donkey populations around the world.