Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, who now lives in Kiev, was given Ukrainian citizenship on Saturday, according to the Ukrainian president’s website. By constitutional decree, President Petro Poroshenko appointed Saakashvili to the post of the governor of the Odessa region.
Gunmen disguised as Pakistan security force members attacked a passenger bus travelling between Quetta and Karachi. Fifteen to 20 armed men approached the bus in pickup trucks, according to the country's foreign minister. They kidnapped some 35 passengers, 22 of whom were later found dead. Seven of the attackers were killed in a security operation. No group has claimed responsibility so far, but the region of Baluchistan has been plagued by separatist violence and attacks by Islamist terrorists and militants.
In an effort to win back the French presidency in 2017, the former leader Nicolas Sarkozy has renamed his rightwing UMP party The Republicans. "'Republicans' is not just a new name for a party. It's a rallying call to all who are distressed to see the Republic decline day after day and who want to stop this decline," Sarkozy, who returned to frontline politics last year, explained on the party's new website republicains.fr. In July, Sarkozy, 59, became the first former head of state to be taken into custody for questioning (which lasted 15 hours). He was charged with corruption, violation of legal secrecy over the case and “influence peddling.”