Jacinda Ardern has announced she will quit as New Zealand prime minister ahead of this year’s election, saying she no longer has “enough in the tank’, to lead. Speaking at a Labour Party Retreat on Thursday she said “I’m leaving, because with such a privileged role comes responsibility, the responsibility to know when you are the right person to lead and also when you are not. I know what this job takes. And I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice. It’s that simple,” she said. “I am human, politicians are human. We give all that we can for as long as we can. And then it’s time. And for me, it’s time,” she added.
Three main figures in Ukraine’s interior ministry have been killed in a helicopter crash beside a nursery in an eastern suburb of the capital Kyiv. The interior minister, Denys Monastyrsky, other senior officials and three children were among those killed after the helicopter crashed into a kindergarten. A number of children at the school in Brovary were injured. All together about 15 people lost their lives. The 42-year-old interior minister was a prominent member of President Volodymy Zelensky's cabinet. He played a key role in updating the public on casualties caused by Russian missile strikes since Ukraine was invaded in February 2022.
Controversial online influencer and self-described misogynist Andrew Tate has been detained in Romania on charges of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized crime group. According to authorities, the former kickboxer and reality TV star, who has been banned from a number of social media platforms for misogynistic comments and hate speech, was arrested alongside his brother and two other suspects. They would be detained for 24 hours, prosecutors from the anti-organized crime unit said in a statement after raiding their properties in Bucharest.
Russian Federation President, Vladimir Putin, has directed his defense Secretary to order a temporary seize fire in the ongoing Ukraine military operation to allow celebration for an orthodox Christmas celebration. The Seize fire will take effect for 36hrs starting from noon of the 6th through the 7th of January as a tradition celebrated by many orthodox Christians in Russia. Accordingly, the Russian president made the pronouncement in response to an earlier call by the country’s Patriarch Kirill demanding guns to go on silent while the orthodox celebrate its holiday.
A midair collision between two helicopters in Australia on Monday has left four people dead and three others in critical condition. According to authorities, the collision happened around 2 p.m. local time near the popular tourist strip of Main Beach on the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane. Queensland Police revealed that initial investigations suggest the crash occurred as one aircraft was taking off and the other was landing, leading to the death of four passengers travelling in the same helicopter, while three others passengers are in critical condition.
Former pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, 95, who in 2013 became the first pontiff in 600 years to step down, is “very sick”, his successor Pope Francis said on Wednesday, asking the church to pray for him. “I would like to ask all of you to pray a special prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict,” Francis said at the end of his general audience, in St Peter’s Square. “Let us remember him. He is very sick, asking the Lord to console and sustain him in this witness of love for the Church, until the end,” Francis added.