Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok survived an assassination attempt targeting his convoy as he headed to work on Monday morning in the capital Khartoum, officials said. Hamdok said he was in “good shape” and that what had happened would be “an additional push to the wheel of change in Sudan”, where he heads a transitional government following the overthrow last year of long-time President Omar al-Bashir.
The families of victims shot down with Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have set white chairs outside the Russian embassy in protest over what they claim is Moscow’s lack of co-operation in the investigation. The protest came on the eve of a trial in the Netherlands of four men – three Russians and a Ukrainian – accused of murder for their alleged involvement. MH17 was downed by a Buk missile fired from territory held by pro-Russia separatist rebels in 2014.
Stocks across the world tumbled early Monday after a shocking all-out oil price war added to anxiety around the economic fallout from the spreading coronavirus. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average indicated an opening drop of more than 1,300 points. The S&P 500 futures indicated a 5 percent drop at Monday’s open. Oil prices plunged more than 20 percent after OPEC’s failure to strike a deal with its allies.
Two political rivals in Afghanistan – who both claim they won the presidential election – plan to hold inauguration ceremonies on Monday. Abdullah Abdullah said he would postpone his ceremony – but only if incumbent Ashraf Ghani followed suit. But Mr Ghani’s team said their inauguration would go ahead this afternoon, suggesting both ceremonies will still take place. Mr Ghani has been president since 2014. Afghanistan’s election commission said he won the election.
North Korea has fired three unidentified projectiles off its eastern coast a week after firing two short-range missiles, South Korea’s military said. In the aftermath of that launch, the North Korean president’s sister, Kim Yo-jong’s, condemned South Korea as a “frightened dog barking” when it lodged protests against the launches. The projectiles were launched on Monday from the coastal town of Sondok.