Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has fired his defence minister, accusing him of failing to show leadership and initiative when the country was rocked by its worst unrest in 30 years of independence.The removal of Murat Bektanov marked the latest stage in Tokayev's purge of the security establishment as he consolidates power after violent protests shook the former Soviet republic in the first week of January.
French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles, has died after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent's office.He portrayed the young Hannibal Lecter in 2007's Hannibal Rising and fashion mogul Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic Saint Laurent.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the end of COVID-19 measures introduced to curb the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in England as he looks to live with the virus after a peak in cases.The United Kingdom was the first country to limit international travel over the Omicron variant, raising alarm bells about its mutations, and in December introduced work-at-home advice, more mask-wearing and vaccine passes to slow its spread.
Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik remains just as likely to commit acts of violence today as he was a decade ago, a psychiatrist testifying at his parole hearing says.Breivik, a political extremist, killed 77 people in Norway's worst peacetime atrocity in July 2011.
Former German chancellor Angela Merkel has turned down the offer of a job at the United Nations, her office says, a month after she stepped down as Europe's most powerful politician after 16 years at the helm.Merkel, 67, called UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres last week to thank him for the job he had offered her in a letter and to tell him she would not accept it, the office said, without elaborating.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, fighting to save his premiership amid a storm over a series of lockdown parties in Downing Street, has told parliament he will not resign.Johnson is struggling to quell an internal revolt by his own lawmakers who are angry over the parties in Downing Street, the prime minister's office and residence, during COVID lockdowns, as well as facing opposition calls for him to step down.