The far-right Israeli politician Naftali Bennett will be the country’s next prime minister under a proposed power-sharing deal intended to oust Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the opposition, Yair Lapid, has confirmed. Lapid said in a speech on Monday that his efforts to forge a coalition of ideologically opposed parties could lead to a new government within days, and with it, Netanyahu’s removal from office after 12 years in power.
A stricken container ship that caught fire 13 days ago off the Sri Lankan coast, unleashing one of the worst ecological disasters in the country’s history, is now sinking, officials said. Since May 20, the Sri Lanka Navy and Indian Coast Guard have been working round the clock to try to stop that from happening as the blaze engulfed the container ship, which was laden with chemicals such as nitric acid and carrying 350 metric tons of oil in its tanks.
Florida has become the latest US state to ban transgender girls and women from participating in female sports at public schools and colleges. The state’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis signed the measure into law on Tuesday. The law says women and girls must play on the teams of the biological sex on their birth certificate. LGBT activists have denounced the move as “discriminatory”, with one group vowing to launch a legal challenge.
Iran’s largest navy warship has sunk in the Gulf of Oman after catching fire. Iranian media did not give an explanation for the fire but said it had started at 2.25am local time on Wednesday. It happened in an area where there have been accusations of attacks on ships owned by arch-enemies Iran and Israel.
North Korea said Monday the U.S. allowing South Korea to build more powerful missiles was an example of the U.S.’s hostile policy against the North, warning that it could lead to an “acute and instable situation” on the Korean Peninsula. It’s North Korea’s first response to the May 21 summit between the leaders of the United States and South Korea.