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World in brief: January 3, 2023

AUSTRALIA: A pilot, two British visitors and a Sydney woman have been identified as the four people killed in a collision of two helicopters over the waterfront at a tourist hotspot.

Authorities say it was fortunate the death toll in the crash of two aircraft operated by Sea World Helicopters was not higher.

The pilot of the second helicopter managed to land safely on a sandy outcrop despite the aircraft being damaged in the collision on Monday afternoon near Main Beach on Australia’s Gold Coast.

CARIBBEAN: The governor of the US Virgin Islands has fired the attorney general of the territory, who pursued various cases against disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The removal of Denise George comes just days after she filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase in New York and accused the company of helping Mr Epstein finance the illegal exploitation of women and children in the US Virgin Islands and beyond.

Governor Albert Bryan Junior did not provide a reason for relieving Ms George of her duties.

MEXICO: A journalist in the northern border state of Sonora escaped unharmed on New Year’s Day after a gunman attacked his family’s vehicle, the first reported attempt on a reporter’s life in 2023.

Sunday’s attack came after Mexico suffered its worst year of killings of journalists in three decades, with at least 15 slayings.

The media site La Nota Prensa De Sonora said its director, Omar Castro, was attacked on a street in the city of Ciudad Obregon.

He was travelling with his daughter and nephew when bullets were fired at his vehicle.

BULGARIA: President Rumen Radev asked the second-largest political party in parliament today to form a government, seeking to prevent the country from holding its fifth general election in two years.

Although the chances of the reformist We Continue the Change party’s success are slim, its prime minister-designate Nikolay Denkov vowed to try to build a working coalition.

Mr Denkov, a 60-year-old chemistry professor and former education minister, will have a week to propose a Cabinet, which should then be approved in parliament.


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