Iceland Volcano Threat Forces 4,000 People to Evacuate, Government Declares State Of Emergency
Iceland faces volcanic eruption as the nation deals with a series of earthquakes that led authorities to declare a state of emergency. The seismic activity, centered primarily in the town of Grindavik, has caused major road cracks, leading to the evacuation of approximately 4,000 residents. While people were initially ordered to vacate, residents were later permitted to return for a short duration to gather essential items. The government issued a warning to citizens regarding the ongoing seismic activity and its potential consequences.
News 18: Iceland Volcano Threat Forces 4,000 People To Evacuate, Government Declares State Of Emergency December 22nd, 2023.
5.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northwestern China
A moderately strong, 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck in northwestern China on Monday, according to the United States Geological Survey.
New York Times: 5.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northwestern China December 22nd, 2023.
Presidential election in Senegal: PM promises “Progress for More Peace and Prosperity”
Senegalese Prime Minister Amadou Bâ has accepted the ruling party’s investiture as its candidate for the upcoming presidential election scheduled for February 25. The investiture ceremony took place in Dakar, attended by delegates from the ruling party and allied factions. Bâ’s candidacy was officially declared through a resolution read by party spokesperson Seydou Guèye.
During his acceptance speech, Prime Minister Amadou Bâ expressed his commitment and confidence in leading the country towards progress. He emphasized the continuation of the implementation of the Emerging Senegal Plan (PSE), a comprehensive development initiative initiated by the outgoing President Macky Sall. Bâ, who has been at the helm of the government since September 2022, outlined his vision for achieving greater peace, prosperity, and equitable distribution of wealth.
Al Jazeeral: Presidential election in Senegal: PM promises “Progress for More Peace and Prosperity” December 22, 2023.
Turkey carries out mass detention of ISIL suspects
Turkey has arrested hundreds of people suspected of having links to ISIS (ISIL). The roundup was carried out in operations across 32 provinces, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said on Friday. Ankara has ramped up operations against the armed group and Kurdish groups during the war in Gaza and after a bomb exploded near government buildings at the start of October.
Al Jazeeral: Turkey carries out mass detention of ISIL suspects 22nd December 22, 2023
US ready to back diluted resolution on more aid to Gaza as UN vote delayed
The United States has indicated it will back a watered-down United Nations Security Council resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian war to call for more humanitarian aid for Gaza, after a week of negotiations and four postponements, but some countries want a stronger text that would include the now-eliminated call for a truce.
The UNSC once again delayed a vote on the resolution on Thursday, after the revised draft was discussed behind closed doors for more than an hour by council members.