Antigua envoy elected UNGA president
UNHQ, 15 JUNE: The United Nations General Assembly elected by acclamation Ambassador John W Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda as president of its upcoming 68th session. Taking the floor immediately after his election, Mr Ashe, who is Antigua and Barbuda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, said that in 18 months, the world body would launch an agenda for sustainable development for all, which “may very well be the boldest and most ambitious project that the United Nations has ever had to accomplish”. pti
5 Libyan soldiers killed in clashes
BENGHAZI (Libya), 15 JUNE: Libyan military officials say gunmen have killed five soldiers in overnight attacks on at least six security buildings and outposts throughout the eastern city of Benghazi. Spokesman for the army’s chief of staff Ali el-Sheikhy says no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Officials have also not announced any arrests. afp
Pope names Vatican bank head
Vatican City, 15 June: Pope Francis has taken his first major step in reforming the troubled Vatican bank by tapping a trusted prelate to oversee its management. Pope Francis signed off today on naming Monsignor Battista Mario Salvatore Ricca as interim prelate of the Institute for Religious Works. It’s a key job that has been left vacant since 2011: The prelate oversees the bank’s activities, attends its board meetings and critically, has access to all its documentation. ap
Louisiana chemical plant blast, 2 dead
Houston, 15 June: Two workers of a petrochemical plant have been killed following an explosion and a subsequent fire that ripped through the site in central Louisiana in the USA. One of the deceased, 47-year-old Scott Thrower, had suffered burns on Thursday after the explosion at the Williams Olefins plant in the industrial area of Geismar. He died yesterday at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center, Louisiana police said. Indian-American Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal condoled the death of workers. pti