GLOBAL SNAP­SHOT 1 Facelift for Tower 2 Aretha bows out

The Weekend Post - - World -

PARIS: The Eif­fel Tower is to have a 2.5m bul­let­proof glass wall erected around its base to pre­vent ter­ror at­tacks – and re­store the land­mark’s looks. Of­fi­cials in Paris want to re­place the ex­ist­ing metal se­cu­rity fence with a more aes­thet­i­cally ap­peal­ing re­in­forced glass wall, be­cause the cur­rent bar­rier spoils the view for tourists. Tourists will be free to en­ter the area af­ter a se­cu­rity check. NEW YORK: Her ca­reer has spanned nearly 60 years and spawned hits such as Re­spect and I Say A Lit­tle Prayer, but Aretha Franklin has re­vealed she is to re­tire – to spend more time with her grand­chil­dren. The 74year-old Queen of Soul, who has sold 75 mil­lion records world­wide and had 20 US No.1 sin­gles, said she would make one more al­bum be­fore re­tir­ing.

Deadly friendly fire

3 ANKARA: Rus­sian air strikes accidentally killed three Turk­ish sol­diers and wounded 11 oth­ers dur­ing an op­er­a­tion against Is­lamic State in north­ern Syria. Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has blamed the mis­di­rected strikes on poor co-or­di­na­tion between Moscow and Ankara.

4 Mys­tery of Europa

MI­AMI: Europa is a frozen moon of Jupiter, which looks to­tally in­hos­pitable and bar­ren, but might be hid­ing an amaz­ing se­cret. NASA be­lieves there’s a gi­gan­tic ocean locked be­neath its frozen sur­face and is plan­ning to send a robotic craft to see if aliens are swim­ming in it.

5 McCanns suf­fer

LIS­BON: The par­ents of Madeleine McCann face fresh heartache af­ter Por­tu­gal’s high­est court stressed that they had not been cleared over her dis­ap­pear­ance. The Supreme Court said re­mov­ing sus­pect sta­tus should not be equated to proof of in­no­cence.

6 Ar­rest on bribery

LIMA: A Peru­vian judge has or­dered the ar­rest of for­mer pres­i­dent Ale­jan­dro Toledo on sus­pi­cion of tak­ing bribes from a Brazil­ian con­struc­tion firm at the heart of a re­gion-wide cor­rup­tion scan­dal. The sus­pi­cions in­volve al­le­ga­tions he re­ceived $20 mil­lion in bribes from Ode­brecht in ex­change for per­mis­sion to build a high­way con­nect­ing Brazil with the Peru­vian coast.

7 MPs tar­get Zuma

CAPE TOWN: MPs of South Africa’s far-left Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighters party brawled with par­lia­men­tary or­der­lies as they were ejected from the cham­ber for in­ter­rupt­ing Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s state-ofthe-na­tion speech. Mr Zuma’s pop­u­lar­ity has waned af­ter a se­ries of scan­dals, which led an anti-cor­rup­tion watch­dog to call for an in­quiry.

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