As expected, the former Egyptian general Abdel Fatah El Sisi swept in the presidential elections with more than 93% of the votes. A victory shadowed by the low turnout (44%).
The Egyptian Government has extended one more day the elections due to the low turnout on the two previous days. The vote was supposed to be a plebiscite to put in power ex general Abdel Fatah Al Sisi, but the low turnout is bad news for him who had hoped to collect easily a large popular support.
The billionaire businessman and pro-European politician Petro Poroshenko, was elected president of Ukraine in the first round. He has been minister of foreign affairs with president Viktor Yushchenko and also minister of Economic Development and Trade with the recently deposed Viktor Yanukovich.
Pope Francis appealed repeatedly to peace in the Middle East during his visit to the Holy Land in reference to the Syrian war and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. He made an unscheduled stop at the separation wall near Bethlehem to pray there and invited the presidents of Israel and Palestine to go to the Vatican to pray together for peace with him.
Russia an China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have referred the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Russia and China had signed a long-term gas supply contract during de visit of Vladimir Putin to Beijing. The 30 year deal is worth $ 400 billion, according to Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller quoted by Russian media.
Almost 21 million people live in forced labour, trafficking and modern slavery that generates in the private economy US$ 150 billion in illegal profits per year, about three times more than previously estimated, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO). Asia-Pacific is the region where there are more illegal profits from these activities ($ 51.8 billion) followed by the developed economies and the EU ($ 46.9 billion).