World Bulletin / News Desk
A young woman has become the first Muslim named a minister in Norway as Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg reshuffled his cabinet on Friday.
Stoltenberg, trailing opposition leader Erna Solberg in popularity ratings, named 29-year-old Hadia Tajik as culture minister, making her the youngest-ever cabinet member as well as the first Muslim in the cabinet. Tajik, whose parents were born in Pakistan, will also be the only cabinet member of foreign descent.
The Muslim minister replaced Anniken Huitfeldt, who became the new minister of labor and social affairs. Stoltenberg also moved his foreign, defense and health ministers, and replaced the labor minister in a move seen as the last big effort to shape the team that would campaign for his Labour Party's third straight term.
"We have made these changes to make room for new values, new force and new ideas," Stoltenberg told reporters after informing King Harald of the changes. "It is a combination of renewal and continuity."
Commenting on Tajik's appointment as culture minister, Stoltenberg said Tajik is a hardworking person with vast intellectual knowledge. Tajik said she was not expecting to be appointed to the post, but vowed to do her best in building on what her predecessors achieved.
A former journalist, Tajik has been serving as a parliamentarian since 2009.
Suriname's President Desi Bouterse is weighing his chance that Monday general elections to choose the South American country's next Parliament will keep him and his party in power for another five years.
A prison riot in Bahia, Brazil has left 8 people dead. The prison riot was reportedly triggered by inter-gang tensions
Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece have signed a trilateral agreement to establish a real-time information center dealing with border police, immigration and law enforcement.
Gilad Erdan, a senior Likud Party member has been names as the public security minister.
Libyan tribes have asked Egypt to provide weapons for defence for the Tobruk-based army.
Nigeria's oil companies have come to an agreement with the government and will release fuel within the next six hours easing the oil crisis in the African country.
Congolese soldier have clashed with Rwandan Hutu forces in east DRC as talks of transferring rebel forces from one camp to another have fallen apart.
An Air France flight from Paris has been escorted by US fighter jets to New York's JFK airport.
A gunman has take two people hostage in northeast Ukraine.
Nigerian authorities have said that around 29 fighters have been killed including a foreign Boko Haram commander.
The Israeli Public Prosecutor has called for a 14-month prison sentence for the Dr Aziz Dwait, the Palestinian parliament speaker.
The Baghdad-Kirkuk Highway has reopened. It had been closed since early March due to ISIL threats.
The parliament of Tajikistan has approved a Tajik-Chinese agreement on the extradition of suspected criminals.
Kenya's anti corruption commission has put forward two government ministers who should be charged with abuse of office.
Since the early hours of the morning, protesters blocked roads citywide to deter commuters.
October 25 has been selected as the date for the election of a new president and parliament for Tanzania.