Israel will hold an unprecedented third general election in less than a year after politicians again failed to form a majority coalition in parliament. Members of the Knesset voted to set the election date for 2 March hours after a midnight (22:00 GMT) deadline passed. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main rival, Benny Gantz, were unable to secure majorities following September’s inconclusive election.
The New Zealand military will deploy to White Island at first light in an attempt to bring eight bodies home to their desperate families – despite a serious risk of the volcano erupting again. Eight specialist military personnel will land on the island on Friday morning local time in an operation that is expected to last several hours, and involves multiple risk factors.
Climate change activist Greta Thunberg, who has led worldwide protests demanding global action on the issue, is Time magazine’s Person Of The Year. Thunberg, 16, has been calling the world’s attention to what she describes as a “climate emergency”. In the announcement, the magazine said: “For decades, researchers and activists have struggled to get world leaders to take the climate threat seriously. But this year, an unlikely teenager somehow got the world’s attention.”
India’s parliament has passed a bill that would give Indian citizenship to immigrants from three neighboring countries — but not if they are Muslim. The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) will fast-track citizenship for religious minorities, including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The government said the bill seeks to protect religious minorities who fled persecution in their home countries.
The Chilean Air Force said on Wednesday it had located debris believed to be from a military cargo plane that crashed this week with 38 people aboard over a remote stretch of frigid sea between South America and the Antarctic. The debris was found 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of where the plane last made contact, the Air Force said in a statement.