The Edge Update: Alaska LNG progress, aftermath of Texas shooting and American arrested in Zimbabwe

Local

China’s giant state-owned oil company, Sinopec, and a pair of Chinese financial institutions have signed an agreement to advance Alaska’s liquefied natural gas export project, state officials announced Nov. 8. The five-party agreement includes the State of Alaska, its gas pipeline agency — the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation — Sinopec, and the Bank of China. Sinopec would buy Alaska LNG, Bank of China would lend money and China Investment Corp. would invest in the project.

“We’ve been through the courtship; we’re now engaged,” Keith Meyer, AGDC’s president, said.

National

The pastor of the Texas church where a gunman killed 25 people says he plans on demolishing the building, a spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention said Nov. 9. Frank Pomeroy told convention leaders that conducting services at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs would be too painful following Sunday’s massacre, convention spokesman Roger Oldham said.

“The pastor expressed his desire that perhaps the best way forward is to have the church demolished and replaced with a prayer garden,” Oldham said.

International

An American woman living in Zimbabwe will be tried on charges of attempting to overthrow the government of Zimbabwe with a tweet mocking President Robert Mugabe. The arrest of the woman, Martha O’Donovan, has raised fears that the Zimbabwean government is stepping up efforts to control social media ahead of national elections in 2018. Mugabe, who will be 94 next year, is running for re-election despite his increasingly frail health. O’Donovan was arrested on Nov. 10 at her home in Harare and charged with subverting the government and undermining the authority of the president. She faces up to 20 years in prison.