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A record number of almost seven million people are facing severe hunger in South Sudan, despite a peace agreement which has largely stopped fighting after more than five years of war, United Nations agencies warned Friday, the French news agency AFP reported. "Every year, hunger reaches new and unprecedented levels in South Sudan with millions of people unsure where their next meal will come from, particularly at this time of the year when hunger peaks from May to July," Hsiao-Wei Lee of the

Avocado farmers, packers, and exporters took out newspaper advertisements in the Mexican state of Michoacán on Friday to explain how up to four trucks full of the in-demand fruit are stolen every day, according to The Guardian. Organized crime groups seem to be targeting the avocado industry, which the exporters and packers said was creating a worsening security situation in the Michoacán state, which has been the site for several years of fighting crime factions. Officials said the thievery has

The European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom called for making the trade of instruments used in torture and execution illegal on Friday, according to Euro News. Malmstrom said it could even be banned under a new initiative spearheaded by the EU. “Today, you can buy all kinds of things on the Internet. You can buy spiked batons, you can even buy a gas chamber,” Malmstrom said. “You can buy electro-belts, special batons, equipment or products that are only used to harm people. Their

Lawyers for several countries and municipalities suing pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors released their plan on Friday to bring the 24,500 communities together into their negotiations for a major settlement over the Opioid Epidemic affecting the United States, according to National Public Radio. The proposal came in a motion filed in federal court in Ohio, where more than 1,800 lawsuits by local governments are pending which accuse companies like Purdue Pharma of fueling the health

Brazil's trade unions called for a nationwide strike on Friday, disrupting public transportation and a number of other industries across the South American country, according to BBC News. Just hours before the opening match of the Copa America in Sao Paulo, several metro lines were shut down from the general strike as professors and students prepared for planned protests against President Jair Bolsonaro's planned education spending cuts. The timing of the strike and protests could not be worse

Security commissioner reveals disinformation acts aimed at influencing EU elections Pro-Kremlin social media accounts spread false claims that the EU has Nazi roots, the European commissioner for security has said in the first analysis of disinformation acts aimed at influencing last month’s EU

Hong Kong's government was facing pushback from other legislators over its controversial mainland China extradition bill on Friday after days of protests over the measure, according to The South China Morning Post. Sources said several advisers close to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam indicated there was no need to push for the self-imposed July deadline to pass the bill, while several hardliners remain convinced she should fast-track the bill through the legislature. But Executive Council

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Russian authorities have given out the first passports to residents of Ukraine's separatist regions, shrugging off international criticism. Kyiv said it would never recognize documents issued by the "aggressor country." ...

Security in Jakarta was high on Friday as lawyers for Indonesia's opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto called on the Constitutional Court to annul the recent election due to “systematic electoral fraud and abuse of power," according to Al Jazeera. Official results from the General Election Commission released last month showed President Joko Widodo beat Prabowo by 11 percent after winning more than 55 percent of the votes during the April election. “We are filing a lawsuit against the General

Russia has warned NATO that US President Donald Trump's pledge to send 1,000 US troops to Poland will "destabilize" Europe. NATO forces in member Poland already include a rotating pool of 4,500 US soldiers. ...

Numerous cities need to modify heat protection schemes as India seeks to protect its homeless population. Temperatures have soared above 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). ...

Switzerland is one of the lowest-ranked countries in the West in terms of wage equality. Public workers in Zurich have disputed that supporting the strike is a violation of political neutrality laws. ...

Article by WN.Com Correspondent Dallas Darling It’s well known a major test of America’s democratic institutions was the authoritarian behavior of President Richard Nixon. What’s not well known, however, is if this current test of America’s democratic institutions will be able to withstand the authoritarian behavior of President Donald Trump. Indeed, and in addition to partisan warfare, today’s Congress has very little oversight over the presidency. Together with a lack of civility and

Carnival Cruise Line is being sued by the family of a passenger who had a "major heart attack" on board and died after crew members would not let him off the ship to seek medical attention, according to The Toronto Sun. The Miami Herald first reported the lawsuit was filed on Thursday on behalf of the family members of Jeffrey Eisenman. Eisenman was on vacation on the Carnival Sunshine with his wife, daughter, and son, when he started feeling unwell, vomiting, and had…

Chinese rescue authorities said at least 61 people have been killed and 356,000 evacuated from southern and central China this week after torrential rainfall ignited floods across the region, according to Al Jazeera. China's Ministry of Emergency Management said 9,300 homes have been destroyed by the rising waters while more than 3.7 million hectares of farmland was also damaged. Officials estimate the natural disaster has cost nearly 13.35 billion yuan ($1.93 billion) in damages. Officials have

Australian Brenton Tarrant has pleaded not guilty to all charges in relation to the Christchurch mosque shootings on Friday, which includes 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder, and one charge under the Terrorism and Suppression Act, according to The New Zealand Herald. Tarrant, 28, had his lawyer, Shane Tait, enter the pleas in on his behalf, which were not guilty to all charges. Justice Mander said the accused had been assessed and declared mentally fit to stand trial at

The American cybersecurity giant Symantec has downplayed a data breach that allowed a hacker to access passwords and a purported list of its clients, including large Australian companies and government agencies, The Guardian reports. The list extracted in the February incident, seen by Guardian Australia, suggests all major federal government departments were among the targets of a hacker who also claimed to be responsible for Medicare data being available for sale on the dark web. But Symantec

India plans to have its own space station in the future and conduct separate missions to study Sun and Venus, it said on Thursday, as the nation moves to bolster its status as a leader in space technologies

The Office of Special Counsel has recommended the removal of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway from federal office for repeatedly violating the Hatch Act on Thursday, according to NBC News. The Hatch Act violates federal employees from engaging in political activity during the course of their work and Conway has already faced accusations of violating the act in years past. The latest report said Conway violated the Hatch Act on numerous occasions by “disparaging Democratic presidential

The famous Michigan-based Kellogg's company is teaming up with Seven Bro7hers Brewery to transform its "less than perfect" Rice Krispies and Cocoa Pops into beers on Thursday, according to The Independent. After the Manchester-based brewery made a ‘Throw Away IPA’, which was made from Cornflakes last November, it announced it would be making a whole range of beers that use the breakfast cereal products. The new brews will be made from “too big, small or overcooked” rice-based flakes leftover

Boris Johnson secured the most votes in the first ballot to select the next Conservative party leader and prime minister of the United Kingdom, according to The South China Morning Post. The field of candidates narrowed to seven from 10 after Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey were knocked out in the secret ballot held in the House of Commons on Thursday. Johnson received 114 votes, Jeremy Hunt was second with 43, and Michael Gove came in third with 37 votes. The…

The discovery of a seventh murder victim should bring the two-month-long search for bodies to a close. Authorities have been severely criticized for their handling of the case. ...

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Colombia's congress took 12 years to pass legislation imposing a complete ban on the production, commercialization, and distribution of asbestos on Wednesday, according to Colombia Reports. The measure was passed unanimously due to the health hazards posed by asbestos. Lawmakers heard from dozens of citizens who had fallen ill due to a variety of diseases believed to have been caused by asbestos, while others testified about losing their family members and loved ones during mining operations for

Russia and Turkey have brokered a complete ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib province between Syrian government forces and rebels, according to Russian and Turkish media sources on Wednesday who quoted the Russian military. Moscow officials said the ceasefire would apply to the Idlib de-escalation zone and already had a significant reduction in violence on Wednesday. It's unknown how long the ceasefire would last since Idlib is the last major rebel stronghold in Syria as Russian and Syrian forces have

Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, told reporters outside a closed-door interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday his responses to questions remained the same as his 2017 appearance before the same committee, according to Politico. Trump Jr. appeared for the second interview which was likely to focus on a Moscow Trump Tower project and a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have beneficial information for Donald Trump's

An Arizona jury could not reach a verdict against Scott Daniel Warren on Tuesday after he was arrested in 2018 and charged over conspiring to provide aid, transportation, and safe harbor to migrants, according to The Guardian. Warren was first arrested last year after allegedly providing help to undocumented immigrants in the Sonoran Desert, but the jury did not find the activist from "No Más Muertes," an advocacy group that wants “no more deaths” of people crossing the desert regions linking

After the ongoing heatwave killed at least 36 people, the coastal town of Udupi in Karnataka performed a Hindu wedding ceremony for two frogs called a "Mandooka Parinaya" to try and appease the rain gods on Wednesday, according to The Independent. A group of frogs were caught in two different villages and inspected at the Department of Zoology in Manipal, The Times of India reported, before a male and female frog were chosen. They were named Varuna and Varsha after the god of…

One of the most popular booths at the Consumer Electronics Show Asia this week has been rather low-tech thanks to its stress-relief options that appeal to many in China, according to The Jakarta Post. One kiosk is allowing visitors to smash a life-sized bobblehead of United States President Donald Trump with a mallet. As many theoretically bash President Trump for the ongoing tariff war between Washington and Beijing, the booth offers a literal outlet for their frustration at the technology

Russian authorities said more than 200 were detained at the Moscow protest, although one monitoring group put the number at more than 400. Protesters waved banners and wore tee-shirts with the slogan "I/We are Ivan Golunov" and accused police of using criminal behaviour in arresting the reporter. A number of journalists at the rally were also detained, including a member of

Ghanaian security forces on Wednesday freed two young Canadian women who had been kidnapped at a golf club in the city of Kumasi last week, the government said.“National Security Operatives in the early hours of Wednesday 12 June, 2019 completed an operation which successfully rescued the two Canadian women recently abducted” in Kumasi, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said in a statement.“Citizens and travellers are once again assured that Ghana remains safe”.The Canadians, aged 19 and…

Article by WN.Com Correspondent Dallas Darling “The Bush administration considered an invasion of Iraq to be ‘inevitable’ as early as 2002” and ‘the intelligence and the facts were being fixed around the policy.’” – Downing Street memo Most democracies accept intelligence agencies must operate in the shadows, or at least a rare dose of acceptable opaqueness in an otherwise transparent system. 1 They also agree the information which is derived to protect a nation is based on the shared belief

Technology has revolutionized the way we do business. Whether it’s the instant access to infinite knowledge through a device in our pocket, or the ability for businesses to expand into new markets with a virtual phone number, the scope of technology’s impact is limitless, and this trend shows no sign of letting up. …

The Italian government gave the interior ministry, led by Matteo Salvini, the power to impose and demand stiff fines on charities who run rescue ships to bring migrants into port without prior authorization on Tuesday, according to Deutsche Welle. The decree would force non-governmental organizations to pay between €10,000 and €50,000 ($11,327 – $56,638) for transporting rescued migrants to Italian ports. Any rescuers who dock without authorization could have their vessel permanently impounded

Canada's House of Commons passed a bill Monday which would make it illegal to keep a whale, dolphin, or porpoise in captivity, according to National Public Radio. The "Free Willy" bill, named after the 1993 movie where a young boy frees a killer whale from an amusement park, would make keeping the animals in captivity punishable with fines up to $150,000. "Nothing fantastic ever happens in a hurry. But today we celebrate that we have ended the captivity and breeding of whales and…

Scientists at the University of New Mexico said they were making progress developing a vaccine which could help protect humans from Alzheimer's disease on Tuesday, according to USA Today. UNM's Health and Sciences Department Associate Professor Kiran Bhaskar, who's been passionate about studying the disease for the last decade, said they started working with the idea five years ago to "get the fully functioning, working vaccine." says the work started with an idea in 2013. Bhaskar and the team