Anti-immigrant protest leads to violence in South Africa - During an anti-immigrant march in Pretoria, South Africa, authorities used force to break up protesters foreigners. South African authorities used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to up the crowds. Both the protestors and foreigners were armed with sticks, bricks and knives. South African President Jacob Zuma has publically condemned acts of violence against African immigrants. Zuma also stated that the protests were “anti-crime” rather than being “anti-foreigner.” Immigrants in South Africa said their shops were damaged during the anti-immigrant protest.
Death of Kim Jong Un’s half brother According to a Malysian toxicology report, Kim Jong-nam was killed by an illogical toxic nerve agent. Kim, the half brother of Kim Jong Un, died while in a check in hall at an airport. The toxic nerve agent, VX nerve agent, is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations. Kim was once considered to be a potential leader of North Korea. The country has yet to confirm that Kim Jong-nam was the victim of the toxic nerve agent.
Mexico notices rise in homicides Since the extradition of Mexican drug lord Joaqin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico has seen a spike in the number of homicides. Deaths have risen particularly in northern Mexico states. According to figures homicides were up by 50 percent in January in states such as Baja California, Chihuahua and Sinaloa, the hometown of Guzman. Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos said the rise in violence is due to a power struggle among the Sinaloa Cartel. Guzman was the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. As U.S. officials prepare to visit Mexico City, to discuss migration, the Mexican border wall and ways of halting drug-trafficking gangs.
White House blocks out multiple news outlets - Prior to a White House media briefing the Trump administration blocked numerous news agencies from attending. Amongst the news outlets that were denied access to the media briefing were CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed. White House deputy communications director Raj Shah denied the reports of the Trump Administration blocking news outlets. Dean Baquet said the situation was something that the publication had never experienced. Hours before these news outlets were blocked President Trump continued his attack on the media at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Trump called the “fake news media” the “enemy of the people.”
In a close race for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) - Chair, Civil Rights lawyer and former Labor Secretary, Tom Perez, was selected to lead the Democratic Party. Perez has roots in Colorado having served for the U.S. District Court before serving in the Justice Department as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. Perez is the first Latino to lead the Democratic Party and faces challenges with a Republican-controlled White House and Congress. While President Trump has tweeted that Perez won as a result of a rigged election, Perez responded that Trump should address questions about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign instead of worrying about him and the DNC chair election.