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Faced with uprising regarding access to the economy for South Africa’s black population, the government has intervened by flirting with the idea of a national minimum wage. The government has recommended roughly 260 USD a month, or 1.50 USD an hour, which is close to the median income in the country.
Welcome to Onitsha: the city with the world’s worst air. The Nigerian city has recorded the world’s worst levels of PM10 air pollution. But although the results are lethal, as reported by The Guardian, the problem is not taken seriously here.
Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of the deceased North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il and half-brother of the current dictator Kim Jong-un, was assassinated in Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Kim died after apparently being poisoned (drama!); two suspects have been arrested in connection with his death.
A suicide attack in a popular shrine in southern Pakistan killed at least 72 people, including 20 children, and injured 250 others. The Islamic State terrorists have claimed responsibility for the attack, which caused disarray in one of the most popular shrines in the country.
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned NATO allies that the U.S. may change its relationship with fellow members if they fail to contribute to their own defense. Mattis stated that “if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to the alliance, each of your capitals needs to show its support for our common defense.”
The European Parliament has approved a historic free trade agreement, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), despite crowds of protesters contesting the deal outside. Critics attest that the deal erodes labor laws and environmental standards.
U.S. President Donald Trump has strayed away from the decades-old U.S. diplomatic goal to create a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. In a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, Trump said that he hoped Israel would “hold back” on settlement construction in Palestine in order to construct a “great peace deal.”
The Guardian reported that a new unit is being set up by the United Nations in Geneva to prepare prosecutions of war crimes committed in Syria, UN officials have said.
President Donald Trump’s tumultuous relationship with the U.S. intelligence agencies continues as he most recently accused them of “illegal” leaks that brought down his national security adviser, Michael Flynn. In a strange press conference, Trump also slammed the mainstream media in defense of his administration, claiming it is “running like a fine-tuned machine.”
The Guardian has this feature about Mexico call centers awaiting ‘huge pool of talent’ if Trump keeps deportation pledge. Employing native English speakers who understand US culture would give call centers an edge over rivals in India and the Philippines in billion-dollar industry.
U.S. authorities claimed that the vice president of Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami, is an international drug trafficker; sanctions have been imposed on Aissami. The Treasury Department’s Office for Foreign Assets Control states that Aissami has played a crucial role in “facilitating shipments of narcotics from Venezuela.”
Concerned of the role alleged hackers may have played in the United States election; the Dutch government announced that all ballots in March’s election would be counted by hand. This unprecedented announcement forgoes electronic counting in order to eliminate the influence of outside actors.