Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva was confirmed on Wednesday as managing director of the International Monetary Fund, the IMF said, becoming the first person from an emerging economy to head the global lender. A center-right politician who grew up in Bulgaria under communism, Georgieva has built a reputation during her time at the World Bank as a tenacious straight-shooter and leader in the global fight against climate change.
Austria’s capital Vienna beat Australia’s Melbourne to become the first European city to top the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual survey as the world’s most livable city. Vienna’s low crime rate and the downgraded threat of militant attacks in western Europe helped the city win. Melbourne loses the top spot after a seven-year winning streak.
On Tuesday, a total solar eclipse stretched across South America. The path of totality, where the moon visibly blocks the sun, spanned parts of Chile and Argentina. Outside the path of totality, a partial solar eclipse was visible. During totality, the sky turned a deep, dark blue and treated viewers to a beautiful spectacle.
A three-Michelin-star restaurant on the French Riviera has been named the world’s best at a ceremony in Singapore. Mirazur climbed from third to first in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, replacing Italy’s Osteria Francescana in top spot. The Mirazur menu is said to be inspired by the sea and mountains near the town of Menton, east of Monaco on the French/Italian border.
As part of an exchange for detained suspects held by the Nigerian authorities from the Boko haram militant group, 82 of the nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped years ago has been released on Saturday. The released girls were expected to arrive in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Sunday to meet the country’s president. The mass abduction which took place in April 2014 in the town of Chibok, Nigeria, attracted wide international attention and inspired the #BringBackOurGirls movement.
Argentinian police discovered a trove of 75 Nazi artifacts hidden in a secret room in a house close to Buenos Aires. Authorities told the Associated Press that “they suspect they are originals that belonged to high-ranking Nazis in Germany during World War II.” The artifacts included harmonica’s adorned in the swastika, Adolf Hitler memorabilia and toys that were most likely used to indoctrinate children.
In Kabul, Afghanistan, at least 8 civilians were killed and 3 American soldiers were wounded in a suicide bomb attack. It happened on a street corner close to the United States embassy at the center of the Afghan capital. The event took place during morning rush hour, no other people were said to be wounded.
Security forces in Cameroon have been accused of torturing supporters of the Boko Haram militants in secret chambers. Amnesty International reported the initial accusation, with dozens of testimonies and satellite imagery backing up the claims of war crimes being committed in Cameroon. People detained in these makeshift torture prisons were subject to beatings and drowning and in some cases torture which resulted in death.
Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was questioned in court yesterday and gave a 5-hour deposition. He denied any type of corruption on his side stating that this was a political witch hunt feigning his innocence. Over the course of the 3-year investigation, over 90 businessmen and politicians had been convicted regarding this corruption case. At the beginning of the court appearance, Lula was assured he would not be “preventively” imprisoned, but buzz on social media has made many suspect that that will be his fate.
Min Bahadur Sherchan, 85, died on Saturday afternoon at base camp, in an attempt to climb the Mount Everest. Mr. Sherchan went back to Everest to try to regain the title he claimed at age 76, in 2008 as the eldest to climb the peak. The record was broken five years later by a Japanese mountaineer Yuichirio Miura who was 80 at the time. Sherchan’s death has prompted the officials in Nepal to consider an upper age limit to climbing the mountain.