World News: France appoints first female prime minister in 30 years
Updated: 2022-05-17 08:48:41 KST
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French President, Emmanuel Macron, on Monday picked Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne as his new prime minister, marking the second time in 30 years that a woman has got the job.
Notably a faithful Macron supporter, the 61-year old held three ministerial jobs during his first term: transport, environment and labor.
The move comes as re-elected Macron prepares for the two-round mid-June legislative elections.
Speaking at a brief inaugural address, Borne said that France needs to act "faster and stronger" in fighting climate change.
She also pledged to protect French consumer purchasing power, a main concern amongst voters.
A suburban passenger train driver died, and dozens were injured following a collision of two trains on Monday, outside Barcelona.
According to Catalan regional authorities, roughly 85 people were injured, two of them seriously.
The collision occurred at a station in Sant Boi de Llobregat, when a freight train derailed and crashed into a passenger train, at around 6 pm.
A statement by the regional government said that the passenger train driver died as a result of the impact.
Over to India where fifty thousand-metric-tons of wheat left the northern town of Attari for Afghanistan on Monday.
Travelling in a consignment of 40 trucks, the move fulfils India's pledge to supply wheat to the conflict-hit country.
Delivered through the World Food Program, The United Nations agency has already dispatched ten thousand-tonnes of the wheat to Afghanistan through its neighbor, Pakistan.
The donation comes as India banned wheat exports last week as a heatwave hit crops although it will honor its humanitarian aid pledges to Afghanistan until July.
The Cannes Film Festival celebrates its 75th anniversary this year from May 17th to the 28th.
The splashy annual event will resume its traditional calendar, after two years of pandemic disruptions.
The event was cancelled in 2020, while last year it was moved to July, under strict COVID-19 protocols.
Russia's delegation has been banned from attending this year, in light of the Ukraine war
Asia will see strong representation, with films by Park Chan-wook and Hirokazu Kore-eda will be competing, alongside the premier of "Hunt" a new film by "Squid Game" actor Lee Jung-jae.
In a Lithuanian town on Sunday, contestants navigated through a winding track, to test their skills at pushing strollers.
Taking place in the southern town of Marijampole, some 125-kilometers from the capital, the race saw participants push strollers with plush dummies, as part of festivities celebrating the town's 230th anniversary.
The event also aimed to encourage residents to have more children.
Under an initiative titled: 'Marijampol? makes 230', it aims to promote an additional 230 annual births, as the region combats a steady population decline.