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South Africa’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been ruled unconstitutional and invalid by the High Court. Burundi and Namibia are among African states that have said they intend to withdraw from the ICC, accusing the Hague-based court of bias against Africans.
Kim Jong-Un and the North Korean authorities have said that Malaysia is responsible for the death of Kim Jong-Nam while also blaming them for politicizing the return of his body to North Korea. Jun died after being poisoned at the Kuala Lumpur airport. Several North Koreans are wanted in connection with his death.
Reports suggest that South Korea will take the lead in life expectancy by 2030, with a median of 91 years of age for all women, as opposed to 84 years old for their male counterparts. Americans will continue to have one of the lowest life expectancy of any developed country.
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s United Nations Ambassador, died while working in New York on Monday at the age of 64. A career diplomat, Churkin clashed served as his country’s ambassador to Canada, Belgium and its liaison to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The Guardian reported that Germany has overtaken the UK as the fastest growing among the G7 states during 2016. Europe’s largest economy expanded at the fastest rate in five years, showing growth of 1.9% last year.
Pope Francis suggests it’s better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic. “A totally double life: ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this association and that one; but my life is not Christian, I don’t pay my workers a just wage, I exploit people, I am dirty in my business, I launder money …’ A double life. And so many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others.”
Trinidad and Tobago has become a recruiting ground for ISIS and Al Qaeda as the government is scrambling to stop young Muslims from going to Syria to fight for the terrorists. Per capita, the Caribbean island has the largest number of foreign fighters from the Western Hemisphere who have joined the militant group.
Iraqi government forces continue to make progress in driving the Islamic State out of Mosul. Government soldiers took control of several villages near Mosul, ISIS’ last major stronghold in Iraq. Mosul’s eastern half was declared liberated in January.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a document explaining how it will implement President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. Trump has called for the deportation of any immigrant convicted, charged, or suspected of a crime, although the administration has stated that it does not intend to conduct mass deportations.
Republican lawmakers returning to their districts during the congressional recess have faced sharp criticism at the town hall-style meetings. The districts that voted overwhelmingly for Trump have voiced their concern and frustration over health care and other policies.
A runoff vote appears likely in Ecuador’s presidential election with Lenín Moreno appearing to fall just short of the 40% required for outright victory over his right-wing rival Guillermo Lasso, reports The Guardian.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order to freeze all hiring for the federal government has had ramifications in the cybersecurity realm. Cybersecurity jobs will go unfilled and students who received federal scholarship, which forces them to take government jobs after graduation, will be unable to fill such positions all while not receiving any scholarship money to pay for university.
BONUS FUN FACT:
Let's start packing! Seven new planets have been found outside of our solar system. The system of seven rocky worlds, all of which might have water on their surface, sets a new record for the greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star.