Italian police arrest most wanted mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro

Italy’s Carabinieri police on Monday arrested Matteo Messina Denaro, the country’s most wanted mafia boss who had been on the run for three decades, APA reports citing Reuters.

Messina Denaro, who was detained in the Sicilian capital Palermo, is alleged to be a boss of Sicily’s Cosa Nostra mafia.

He has been sentenced in absentia to a life term for his role in the 1992 murders of anti-mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.

He also faces a life sentence for his role in bomb attacks in Florence, Rome and Milan which killed 10 people the following year.

Police said in September 2022 that he was still able to issue commands relating to the way the mafia was run in the area around the western Sicilian city of Trapani, his regional stronghold, despite his long disappearance.

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More than 53 kilometers of the Horadiz-Aghband railway line built

The design works of the Horadiz-Aghband railway line, which is planned to be completed in 2024, with a length of 140.6 km, have been completed by 78%, and 38% (53.2 km) of the construction works have been completed, “Azerbaijan Railways” Closed Joint Stock Company told APA-Economics.

Being an internationally important route, the Horadiz-Agband railway will play a major role in the rapid transportation of goods between Asia and Europe in the near future.

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At least 12 killed in explosion in NE DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned a deadly attack at a church in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), his spokesman said on Sunday, APA report citing Xinhua.

Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, said at least 12 civilians were killed and 50 others injured when an explosive device was detonated during Sunday service at a local church in Kasindi of the North Kivu province.

The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC is providing medical evacuation to the injured in coordination with Congolese authorities, Dujarric said in a statement.

Guterres “expresses his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and the people and government of the DRC, and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured,” said the spokesman.

The secretary-general stressed the need to hold the perpetrators of the attack to account and noted that the United Nations Mine Action Service is supporting the Congolese authorities in investigating the incident, he added.

Guterres also reiterated that the United Nations, through his special representative in the DRC, will continue to support the Congolese government and people in their efforts to realize peace and stability in the east of the country, the spokesman said.

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Kyrgyz Ministry of Transport outlines priority areas of its work for 2023

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Ministry of Transport of Kyrgyzstan is currently implementing 15 projects related to road construction, a source in Kyrgyz Ministry told Trend.

According to the ministry, it is planned to lay at least 340 km of asphalt concrete pavement at the expense of the republican budget of Kyrgyzstan in 2023.

“In addition, work on laying a total of 151.5 km of asphalt concrete pavement will be conducted through investment projects. Construction of the alternative North-South highway will be continued this year, the completion of this road construction is planned for 2024,” the ministry said.

In 2023, under the project for the rehabilitation of the Osh-Batken-Isfana road section (km 28-75 km), work will be carried out to select the General Contractor and mobilization work will begin.

Moreover, the “Third Phase of the Central Asia Regional Links Program (CARs-3)” will continue. Also, work on projects “Aviation safety and provision of services” and “Sustainable development of tourism in the Issyk-Kul region” will carry on this year.

Source: TREND News Agency

Poland eyes prompt German approval for tank transfer to Ukraine

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki signaled on Monday that he expects Germany to give approval shortly to send Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine, APA reports citing Bloomberg.

NATO-member Poland intends to deliver a “company” of German-made Leopard 2 tanks as part of a coordinated effort among allies. Any decision would require approval from Berlin, which the Polish government has persistently criticized for being slow in backing Ukraine with heavy weaponry.

“We need to have consent” from Germany, Morawiecki told a news conference in Warsaw before his flight to Berlin for meetings with politicians there. “But I cannot imagine this approval will not be given quickly.”

Germany is about to take a decision on transferring the tanks this week as European allies assess how to help the government in Kyiv in the event fighting builds in the spring, according to two officials familiar with the government’s thinking.

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Japan and India hold first joint fighter jet exercise

Japan and India kicked off their first joint military exercise involving combat aircraft on Monday, Japan’s Defense Ministry said, APA reports citing dw.com.

The joint exercise will last for 11 days and is taking place at the Hyakuri Air Base in Japan’s Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo.

Eight Japanese fighter jets are involved while India has sent four war planes of its own, as well as two transport aircraft and a refueling tanker, according to Japan’s Defense Ministry.

Some 150 Indian Air Force personnel are taking part in the exercise. India’s Defense Ministry said the drills will include training for “air combat missions in a complex environment” and that the exercise will strengthen the “long-standing bond of friendship” between India and Japan, says the source.

The exercises were first agreed by the two countries in 2019, but were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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