France foils terror attack

Updated 23 December 2015
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France foils terror attack

PARIS: A terror plot was foiled last week in the French region of Orleans, southwest of Paris, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Tuesday, as the government prepared constitutional changes to enshrine emergency police powers.
“A planned attack targeting representatives of state forces in the Orleans region was foiled last week by the DGSI (France’s internal intelligence agency),” Cazeneuve said.
Two French citizens aged 20 and 24 were arrested on December 19, he said. The older has a police record for petty crime.
A police source said one was originally from Morocco and the other from Togo.
They were “in contact with a French radical in Syria and the investigation ought to establish if he ordered the attacks that one of the two arrested men has admitted they were planning to carry out against soldiers, police and representatives of the state,” Cazeneuve said.
“These arrests are the result of meticulous work by our intelligence services and bring the number of attacks foiled on the national territory since 2013 to 10,” he added.
He also said that 3,414 people had been turned away from France’s borders since a state of emergency was introduced in the wake of last month’s Paris attacks, which left 130 people dead.


Ethiopia’s new Cabinet 50 percent women, including defense

Updated 57 min 14 sec ago
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Ethiopia’s new Cabinet 50 percent women, including defense

  • This 20-member Cabinet, trimmed from 28 posts, is the second named since Abiy took office in April
  • Aisha Mohammed Musa will lead the defense ministry

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Ethiopia’s new Cabinet is now a record 50 percent female, including a woman defense minister, after lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved the nominations put forward by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
“Our women ministers will disprove the old adage that women can’t lead,” Abiy said while presenting his choices.
Aisha Mohammed Musa will lead the defense ministry. Another woman, former House speaker Muferiat Kamil, will lead the newly created Ministry of Peace at a time when Africa’s second most populous country faces sometimes violent ethnic tensions amid sweeping political and economic reforms.
This 20-member Cabinet, trimmed from 28 posts, is the second named since Abiy took office in April. The first was criticized for the low number of female ministers.
Several African nations have had female defense ministers including South Africa, Central African Republic, Kenya and Guinea-Bissau.