Rome: diesel vehicles banned from the historic center from 2024

The mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi, no longer wants diesel vehicles on the roads of the Italian capital. The elected member of the 5 Stars Movement (M5S, populist), announced on February 26, 2018 in a speech in Mexico City to women-mayors gathered in a meeting entitled Women4Climate ( women for the climate) that the center of the Italian capital would be banned from private diesel cars from 2024. Back in her city, she aired his speech on social networks. " Rome decided to ban the use of diesel vehicles in its historic center from 2024 ," said Virginia Raggi without giving more details during her speech.

Europe turns its back on diesel vehicles

Diesel has been in decline for several years in Europe and worldwide, which forces manufacturers to return massively to petrol engines and to accelerate the electrification of vehicles. On February 25, 2018, the British financial and economic daily Financial Times claimed that the Italian-American Fiat Chrysler (FCA) was to announce in June 2018 the abandonment of diesel for the motorization of its passenger cars. 2022 because of falling demand and rising costs. The following day, the German courts opened the way for bans on the movement of old diesel in cities.

A Paris diesel vehicles before 2005 will be banned " in the first semester 2019 ", announced in late January 2018 the mayor, Anne Hidalgo in an interview to Le Monde. Thus, the Crit'Air 4 (diesel vehicles from 2001 to 2005 Euro 3 standard) will be denied access to the French capital in the year 2019. Then it will be the turn in 2022 of Crit'Air 3 (Gasoline vehicles from 1997 to 2005 Euro 2 and 3 standard and diesel vehicles from 2006 to 2010 Euro 4 standard) " to arrive at the end of diesel in Paris in 2024 ," added Mrs. Hidalgo.

Diplomacy Becomes Center of Attention at the Pyeongchang Olympics

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Saturday (10/2), featured the first match of a joint North Korea-South Korea ice hockey team, as diplomacy took center stage at the start of the Games.

2018 Winter Olympics officially begins Friday with a parade of athletes entering the Olympic stadium, including athletes from North and South Korea marching behind Korean blue and white unification flags.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday ( 10/2) met with North Korean delegates including Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kim Yo-jong was the first member of the North Korean ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950 Korean War -1953

He is a senior member of the ruling Workers Party in North Korea and the main adviser of Kim Jong-un.

Read: North Korean Delegation Arrives to Attend Opening of Olim Kim Yo-jong and his entourage, including Kim Yong-nam, head of North Korea's ceremonial state, attended the opening ceremony on Friday (9/2) and are expected to stay in South Korea until Sunday ( 10/2). [as/al]

US President Called Faith a Center for American Life

President Donald Trump says that faith is "the center of American life and freedom."

Trump Thursday (8/2) speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast or National Prayer Breakfast an annual event that unifies religious leaders, politicians and top government officials.

Trump talks about seeing the "power of God's love" in America, especially when responding to natural disasters and mass shootings not long ago. Trump says "we can all be heroes to everyone."

The President of Trump received strong support from evangelical Christians, who helped bring him to the White House. Christians have flattered Trump during his first year of office because he appointed a conservative judge, seeking to undermine the rules governing political activity by certain religious groups and announce Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. [gp]

ISIS Attacks on Muslim Cultural Center in Kabul Kills 41 People

A brutal attack on the two-story Muslim Center in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday claimed the ISIS group killed at least 41 people and wounded 84 others.

Many injured victims suffered severe burns .

The ISIS-linked Aamaq news agency said three bombs were used in the heinous assault and a suicide bomber who blew himself up inside the Cultural Center where dozens of people were gathering to commemorate the invasion of the former Soviet Union to Afghanistan in 1979.

The claim confirms an eyewitness account that said a bomber sneaked into the cultural center and blew up his device. Another explosion took place outside the building, which also became the location of the pro-Iran news agency "Voice of Afghanistan" and may also be the target of the attack.

This two-story cultural center is located in a poor neighborhood in the dominated Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood Shiite Muslims in the western part of the capital. This cultural center is a simple structure, surrounded by clay houses where some of Kabul's poorest people live.

The local ISIS affiliate group has carried out several attacks targeting Shiites in Afghanistan. [my/al]