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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia was voted director general of the World Health Organization on Tuesday, the first African ever to head the agency.

After nearly two years of public campaigning, originally by six candidates, the voting took place in a closed-door session in which the health ministers of 186 countries cast their ballots in secret.

Dr. Tedros — a malaria expert who campaigned under his first name — ultimately beat Dr. David Nabarro of Britain after three voting rounds with the final tally was 133 votes to 50, with three abstaining or not voting.

Dr. Sania Nishtar, a Pakistani cardiologist and expert in noncommunicable diseases, was eliminated after receiving 38 votes in the first round.

Dr. Tedros, 52, replaces Dr. Margaret Chan of China, who has held the post for a decade. nytimes.com
British intelligence services are probing the Manchester Arena suicide bombing suspect's links to terror groups such as al-Qaeda and Isis as a Manchester imam says he showed "the face of hate", The Telegraph reports.

The Sun and Guardian newspapers on Wednesday (NZT) published what they said were photos of suspect Salman Abedi as investigators continued to comb his Manchester home for clues.

Police set off a controlled explosion to enter the house in Elsmore Road in Fallowfield, further fraying the nerves of on-edge residents.

The electoral roll listed Abedi, 22, as living at the address. A neighbour caught the controlled explosion on camera.

An investigator in protective forensic gear was photographed carrying a booklet titled "KNOW YOUR CHEMICALS!" out of the house.

Abedi was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan birth, US security officials said, citing British intelligence officials. 9news.com.au
While Trump’s impeachment would cost far less than a 1,250-mile wall, Peña Nieto said paying for the former would achieve a similar result: removing a huge thorn in Mexico’s side.

Mexico’s refusal to pay prompted Trump to threaten to retaliate with a border tax on Mexican imports to cover the wall’s cost.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday offered to pay for President Trump’s reprimand rather than a $21.6 billion outskirt divider.

“Impeachment is far cheaper than a border wall, and frankly, no one will want an expensive border wall after Trump’s gone, anyway.

Mexico relations, which iced up after Trump’s insistence — during the 2016 presidential campaign — that America’s southern neighbor bear the full cost of a wall to block out Mexican rapists, murderers, and drug pushers. proudemocrat.com
China has announced that the largest floating photovoltaic (PV) facility on earth has finally been completed and connected to the local power grid.

Located in the city of Huainan in the Anhui province, the 40-megawatt facility was created by PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply Co.

Ironically, the floating grid itself was constructed over a flooded former coal-mining region.

Floating solar farms are becoming increasingly popular around the world because their unique design addresses multiple efficiency and city planning issues.

The cooler air at the surface also helps to minimize the risk of solar cell performance atrophy, which is often related to long-term exposure to warmer temperatures. digitaltrends.com
The late Monday explosion killed at least 22 people, including children, and wounding at least 59 others. As of Tuesday afternoon, no organization claimed responsibility for the Manchester attack, though local police said that they were interrogating a British-born suspect.

The security service known as MI5, Britain’s national domestic intelligence agency, currently rates the threat from international terrorism as “severe” and the probability of an attack as “highly likely.”

Additionally, all three British intelligence agencies, MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, are undergoing expansions in response to the rise in the radicalization of young people through terrorist websites, and as hundreds of battle-trained fighters who joined jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq return home to Britain and the European continent.

While England has been targeted less frequently than its neighbors Belgium, France, and Germany, it has in recent years suffered a number of attacks, and remains a top target, given Britain’s part in the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said that the UK police had thwarted 13 terror plots from far-right and Islamist extremists that were on the scale of those carried out in Paris, in which ISIS supporters targeted bars and clubs in a series of coordinated attacks. vocativ.com
Canada refused to give entry to a retired Central Reserve Police Force officer last week, allegedly because they considered that he had served an administration that engaged in “terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide”, Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday. 

The Ministry of External Affairs responded to the report, saying that this characterisation of the CRPF is “completely unacceptable”, adding that it had taken up the incident with Canada, ANI reported.

Tejinder Singh Dhillon, who had retired as inspector general of police in 2010, was stopped at the Vancouver airport with his wife on May 18 and questioned for up to seven hours, the report said.

He was “declared inadmissible” under a part of the country’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Dhillon was also given a document that said he had been a senior official in the government that “in the opinion of the Minister, engages or has engaged in terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide, a war crime or a crime against humanity”. scroll.in
Isis has claimed responsibility for the Manchester Arena attack, hailing the bomber as a "soldier of the caliphate".

The terrorist group released statements in several languages through its central media body praising the atrocity, claiming more than 100 "crusaders" were killed or wounded at the "shameless" concert.

"With Allah's grace and support, a soldier of the Khilafah [caliphate] managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the crusaders in the British city of Manchester," said the English version.

It suggested the atrocity was not a suicide attack, despite police statements saying the perpetrator died at the scene, and did not name him as a "martyr".

Isis said the attack aimed to terrorise "infidels...in response to their transgressions against the lands of the Muslims".

The release of a lengthy official claim so quickly after the bombing suggested the attacker had been in direct contact with Isis militants. independent.co.uk
South Korea has fired into North Korea after an "unidentified object" was sent towards the country.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the South Korean military bolstered its air surveillance and broadcast a warning to North Korea in response to the object.

It provided no other details.

The mystery flying object may have been a drone, local media speculated.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency, without citing a source, reported that South Korea fired about 90 machine gun rounds into the air and toward North Korea.

It said South Korea was analyzing whether a North Korean drone had crossed the border. telegraph.co.uk
The governing body of the World Health Organization on Tuesday elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former Ethiopian health minister, to head the global health agency responsible for marshaling the international response to infectious disease epidemics such as Ebola and Zika.

He is the first WHO director-general from Africa.

The election comes at a critical time for the WHO.

It has experienced huge budget cuts over the years, lost many talented staff members and was heavily criticized for its slow and ineffective response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic in three West African countries that killed more than 11,000 people.

A recent editorial in the Lancet said the election comes at a time of “unparalleled uncertainty” for the organization. It said: “Vastly more is expected of WHO while its role is contested and constrained.” washingtonpost.com
Former CIA Director John Brennan told House Russia investigators Tuesday that Russia "brazenly interfered" in US elections, including actively contacting members of the President Donald Trump's campaign -- but he stopped shy of dubbing it "collusion."

"I saw interaction that in my mind raised questions of whether it was collusion," Brennan told Rep. Trey Gowdy, saying that he supported the FBI digging further.

"It was necessary to pull threads."

Brennan was speaking to the House intelligence committee on the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 elections and possible ties to the Trump campaign, where he was asked about how Moscow recruits sources "wittingly and unwittingly."

"Frequently, people who go along a treasonous path do not know they are on a treasonous path until it is too late," Brennan said. cnn.com