South African President to donate half of his salary to charity - South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa is one of the country’s richest men, and has announced he will donate half of his salary to charity. He hopes the move will encourage other wealthy people to help build the country. His donations will be managed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and is set to start his donations on July 18, Nelson Mandela’s birthday.
Amnesty International accuses Nigerian troops of rape - Amnesty International said Nigerian troops allegedly raped women and girls who were fleeing the Islamist group Boko Haram. The rights group said troops would rape the women in exchange for food. Nigeria’s military called the reports false, but troops have been accused of other human rights crimes in the past.
Five people killed after kidnapping rumor spreads in India - At least five people were killed in southern India when a social media rumor about child kidnapping gangs spread across social media. Those who killed the victims allegedly targeted strangers, and one of the victims was lynched because he spoke Hindi. The rumors spread to three states in India, and it is unknown how the rumors began.
Trump cancels North Korea summit - President Trump was set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but he backed out, blaming “open hostility” for his decision. North Korea’s Vice-foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan said Trump’s move was “extremely regrettable,” but the country did say it is willing to talk to the U.S. at any time. Trump and Kim Jong-un were scheduled to meet on June 12 in Singapore.
Uber to create flying taxis in Paris - Uber has an ambitious new idea, and it is planning to work on it in Paris. The company announced it will look to create flying taxis, and it is planning on partnering with the engineering school Ecole Polytechnique to create them. “France is the perfect place to advance our Uber Elevate program,” Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement.
Romanian nationals in the UK rise - The United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics announced that Romanian nationals in the country rose by 25 percent between 2016 and 2017. There are nearly 411,000 Romanians living in the United Kingdom, and the Romanian nationality is now the second most common non-British population in the country. Romanians largely move to the United Kingdom for work and profit.
Cuban-born CIA agent dies - Former Cuban-born CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles has passed away in Florida at the age of 90. Carriles is known for working to overthrow Cuba’s communist government, and he took place in the Bay of Pigs invasion. Carriles was arrested for taking part in a conspiracy to try to kill Fidel Castro in 2000, and he passed away at a government home for veterans.
Venezuela expels top U.S. diplomat - As backlash against Nicolas Maduro’s re-election as president continues, Venezuela has expelled Todd Robinson, a senior U.S. representative, from the country. Maduro accused Robinson of conspiring against Venezuela’s government. After Maduro’s re-election, President Trump placed new sanctions against Venezuela.
Weinstein has turned himself in - Harvey Weinstein surrendered to New York police after being hit with numerous sexual misconduct charges like rape and sexual assault. This is the first time Weinstein will be charged since allegations against him came to light. Weinstein’s lawyer has yet to comment on his surrender.
NFL introduces new national anthem policy - The NFL has approved a new policy regarding the national anthem. Players are required to stand if they are on the field, but they are allowed to stay in the locker room during the song if they wish to. If a player refuses to stand during the song while they are on the field, they and the team’s owner can face a fine.