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Australia buying $770 million C-17 planes to strengthen Air Force

(Estera Popowska)
In a move twhich is expected to boost Australia’s military and disaster relief operations worldwide, Australia said on Friday it was buying two long-distance C-17 Globemaster planes in an Aus $1 billion (US$770 million) procurement.

AFP says the Royal Australian Air Force has conducted aerial operations in Iraq against Islamic State jihadists, and provided humanitarian aid in natural disaster zones in Vanuatu, Japan, New Zealand and at home.

Afghanistan: 10 killed as gunmen attack Attorney General’s office

(By Estera Popowska)
At least 10 people were killed and more than 65 others wounded when gunmen dressed in military uniforms stormed the office of the attorney general in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif, BBC reported Thursday.

In what is reported to be filled with heavy gunfire and several explosions, four attackers were seen entering the attorney general’s premises. BBC says five security officers - including a police chief - were among the dead and 26 government officials among the hurt.

Greece makes a $495 million debt repayment to IMF

(By Estera Popowska)
In a move which is expected to easing days of uncertainty and bring relief to investors, Greece has made a debt repayment of $495 million to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), VOA reported Thursday.

The debt repayment is seen as a very significant step in helping Greece move closer to securing a final international bailout package and stay in the Eurozone, according to news reports.

U.S: Foreign Secretary warns Iran over supporting Yemen rebels

(By Estera Popowska)
US Secretary of State, John Kerry speaking to PBS Newshour on Wednesday warned Iran over its alleged support for Houthi rebels in Yemen, BBC reports. Iran has meanwhile denied accusations it is providing military aid to the Houthis.

The White House official, John Kerry reportedly said it was clear Iran was aiding the Houthis: “There are obviously supplies that have been coming from Iran. There are a number of flights every single week that have been flying in.”

Mexico: 15 Police Officers killed in Cartel road ambush

(By Estera Popowska)
Following a deadly gang ambush by Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation cartel that left 15 Mexican cops dead, the U.S. Treasury Department Tuesday announced sanctions on the growing cartel, reports AP.

According to reports, the Mexican cartel ambushed a police convoy on a rural highway and opened fire, killing 15 officers and injuring five in what has been described as the bloodiest single attack on Mexican law enforcement in recent memory.

U.S: New York Woman jailed for 20 years for killing son with salt

(By Estera Popowska)
A U.S Judge has on Wednesday sentenced a New York woman to 20 years to life for killing her young son with a salt overdose so she could attract social media attention about her son’s mysterious illness.

Reuters reported that the U.S woman, Lacey Spears, 27 published her 5-year-old son's illnesses on a personal blog called "Garnett's Journey" and other social media, was sentenced to less than the maximum penalty of 25 years to life requested by the prosecution.

US: Tesla Motors launches a $76,000 car

(By Estera Popowska)
Tesla Motors has launched a new car Model S 70D Wednesday that will cost car lovers about $76,070. Reports say the American car company began taking orders on Wednesday for a new base version of its Model S electric sedan that is $5,000 more expensive than its predecessor, but offers better performance, longer range and more features, including all-wheel drive.