New Ghana president - Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in as Ghana’s new president. Akufo-Addo served as a human rights lawyer prior to the election. Ghana’s new president has promised the country free high school education and lowering of taxes. After being sworn in, Akufo-Addo said that Ghana is now “opened for business gain.”
Indigenous groups sue Germany Two indigenous groups in Namibia have filed a class-action lawsuit against Germany. The groups, the Herero and Nama, are looking for amends after the Germany government acknowledged they committed genocide. It is believed that over 100,000 people were killed in Namibia by Germany since 1904. Although Germany acknowledged a genocide occurred in Namibia, the Herero and Nama people were not included in joint declaration massacre talks between the countries.
Top DEA official will visit China Chuck Rosenberg, the top drug officer in the DEA, is set to visit China for the first time in more than ten years. Rosenberg will discuss banning the creation of synthetic drugs by chemists in China. China and the United States have had positive discussions regarding synthetic drug sales. The purpose of Rosenberg’s visit to China is to push for more substances to be banned. Rosenberg is set to meet with narcotics, border patrol and the justice department.
Beijing looks to fight pollution Beijing’s mayor, Cai Qi, said that the city will use a group of environmental police in the hopes of reducing levels of toxic smog. Cai Qi also said the city will look to reduce coal consumption by 30 percent this year. Beijing officials also recently announced the city will install air purifiers in schools and kindergartens. Toxic smog routinely affects residents in Beijing. Many people have been forced to stay inside for days in order to avoid the toxic smog.
French Defense Minister warns of cyber attacks - French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France was targeted in 24,000 cyber attacks in 2016. Le Drian warned that the upcoming French elections could be the target of cyber attacks, similar to what happened during the U.S. election. French elections will occur in April and May and will be highly monitored. Francois Fillon, the French conservative candidate said he wants to improve relations with Russia.
Russia begins withdrawal from Syria After announcing a ceasefire in Syria, Russia will withdraw forces from Syria. The country will start by removing its aircraft carrier group first. Russia has continuously carried out attacks against anti-government rebels since 2015. Rebels were recently ousted from the city of Aleppo, a key battleground. Days after the rebels were pushed out of Aleppo, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered forces to begin leaving Syria.
Bodies found decapitated in Brazil prison - Authorities believe gang rivalry led 31 deaths in a prison in Roraima, Brazil. Out of the 31 bodies that were discovered, 30 of them were decapitated. It is believed the attack on the prisoners was an attempt by a gang to show their power inside the jail. Alexandre Moraes, Brazil’s Justice Minister, said the gang PCC was responsible for the attack. According to a government report, PCC is the largest gang in Brazil.
Protests turn violent in Mexico During protests against the price of petrol in Mexico, six people died while 1,500 people were arrested. The Mexican government recently announced it would stop subsidizing petrol thus causing prices to increase throughout 2017. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said the move was necessary because oil prices are rising around the world. There were hundreds of shops that were looted during the protests and demonstrators blocked major highways.
Kentucky to choose new abortion laws Kentucky is close to introducing new laws that would put tighter restrictions on abortion. The bills passed senate votes and are heading to Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s desk. One bill, House Bill 2, will require doctors to display images of a fetus to the mother. House Bill 2 would also require doctors to show the fetus’ heartbeat to patients. The other bill, Senate Bill 5, would hold restrictions on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Esteban Santiago charged for airport shooting - Authorities in Florida have arrested Esteban Santiago, the man accused of opening fire at the Fort Lauderdale airport. Santiago is accused of killing five people and injuring six others. Santiago was charged with carrying out an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death. Santiago told authorities that he had planned the attack. Authorities are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting.