Thirteen French soldiers were killed when two helicopters collided during an operation against jihadists in Mali, the French president’s office said. It’s believed to be the biggest single loss of life for the French military since the 1980s. An investigation has begun. In 2013, France deployed thousands of troops to Mali after Islamist militants seized huge parts of the north.
At least nine people have died and 600 people have been injured after a powerful earthquake hit Albania in the early hours of Tuesday, causing damage along the country’s Adriatic coastline and in the capital, Tirana. Several buildings collapsed, burying residents in the rubble. The 6.4-magnitude quake struck shortly before 4am local time (0300 GMT), the US Geological Survey said, and was the second powerful tremor to hit the region in two months.
Malta government chief of staff Keith Schembri resigned on Tuesday, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told reporters, as police continued their investigation into the 2017 murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Schembri had been facing pressure to resign from opposition politicians and Caruana Galizia’s family because of his alleged financial ties to businessman Yorgen Fenech, who was detained last week as a person of interest in the murder probe.
A federal judge strengthened the power of Congress in its battles with President Trump on Monday, ruling that former White House Counsel Donald McGahn may be required to testify under oath about what he heard and saw during special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe of Russian election meddling. The judge’s decision upholding a congressional subpoena is a victory for House Democrats.
Shares in Alibaba jumped more than 6 percent in their Hong Kong trading debut, after the technology group raised more than $11bn against a backdrop of simmering anti-government unrest in the Asian financial hub. Five years ago Alibaba raised $25bn in New York in what was the world’s biggest initial public offering. The secondary listing will make it easier for investors in China and elsewhere in Asia to trade the shares.