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Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has appointed Defence Minister Hamed Bakayoko as prime minister after his predecessor died suddenly this month, the president said on Thursday.

Bakayoko, a former radio and newspaper executive and longtime ally of Ouattara, had been considered a possible replacement for Gon Coulibaly as the presidential candidate. 


Lebanon has appointed Charbel Wehbe as foreign minister after Nassif Hitti resigned from the position, saying the country risked becoming a “failed state” and the government showed a lack of reformist will.

In his resignation letter, Hitti wrote “Lebanon today is sliding toward becoming a failed state.”

Hitti’s resignation is the biggest blow yet to Diab's six-month-old government, which has struggled to make good on promises that it would implement wide-ranging reforms following massive anti-establishment protests last year.


The funeral will take place in Derry on Wednesday of former Social Democratic and Labour Party leader and Nobel laureate John Hume who has died aged 83.

Mr. Hume spearheaded the finally successful efforts to end the violence of the Troubles and is viewed as the architect of the 1998 Belfast Agreement.

He was centrally involved in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and served as Member of Parliament, Assembly Member, and Member of European Parliament. In 1998, he won the Nobel Peace Prize along with then Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble.


The Hiroshima District Court Wednesday issued a ruling recognizing dozens of additional survivors from the United States’ atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The decision allows all 84 plaintiffs, who have suffered radiation-related illnesses connected to the bombing, to receive the same benefits as other victims who lived closer to the blast.