Winnie Mandela passes away Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the wife of South African President Nelson Mandela has passed away at the age of 81. Her family spokesman said she passed away surrounded by her family. She was a social worker and became known for her resistance to apartheid in South Africa.
Ethiopia swears in new prime minister - Abiy Ahmed has been sworn in as Ethiopia’s new prime minister. During his swearing-in ceremony, Ahmed said he wants to end “years of misunderstandings” between Ethiopia and Eritrea. The countries fought in a border war 1998 to 2000, and tens of thousands of people died. Ahmed said he and Ethiopia are ready to settle the differences between countries.
China announces new tariffs on the U.S. - Following President Trump’s decision to raise duties on foreign steel and aluminum imports, China announced that it will set tariffs on over 100 U.S. imports. The tariffs will be up to 25 percent and they will impact things like wine, nuts, fruit and frozen pork. Trump tweeted that trade wars are good and it would be “easy to win.”
Australia investigating alleged child sex abuse - Police in Australia are investigating allegations that children under the age of ten were drugged and abused at group sex parties. Raids were conducted on six different properties, and at least three people have been charged with 23 counts of sexual abuse. It is believed that at least five children were sexually assaulted.
Russian governor resigns after fire After a fire at a mall killed over 60 people in Kemerovo, Russia, the region’s governor has stepped down. Aman Tuleyev said he would step down as governor, and said it was “the right, conscious and only true decision. Among those killed in the fire was Tuleyev’s niece. Russian President Vladimir Putin cited “criminal negligence” for the fire.
French rail workers set to strike Rail travel will not be easy for those who live in France, as workers like train drivers are set to strike over labor reforms. The workers are employed by SNCF, France’s state railway. Alain Krakovitch, an SNCF manager, said that about 12 percent of trains would operate as the railway company struggles with large debts.
Costa Rica has a new president Carlos Alvarado is set to become Costa Rica’s President after a big victory over Fabricio Alvarado. Carlos Alvarado previously worked as a labor and social security minister, and he called for unity in his victory speech in San Pedro. Him and his vice-president elect, Epsy Campbell will look to tackle issues like rising unemployment.
Former Guatemalan leader dies Efrain Rios Montt has passed away at the age of 91. He previously ruled over Guatemala during the 1980s, and was accused of ordering for over 1,000 ethnic Mayans to be killed. He came to power during a civil war between Guatemala’s military and Marxist rebels. He was found guilty of genocide and charges against humanity in 2013.
U.S. may require Visa applicants to hand over social media - The United States State Department has a new proposal for those looking to get a visa to get into the country. Visa applicants would be required to hand over their social media information from platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The proposal would have to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget.
Officer involved in Alton Sterling’s death dismissed - Murphy Paul, Chief of Police for the Baton Rouge Police Department, announced that an officer who shot Alton Sterling in 2016 has been dismissed. The officer, Blane Salamoni shot Sterling after a resident said he felt threatened by a black man selling CDS. Sterling’s death sparked numerous protests across the country.