Nigeria halts possible sex trafficking - Nigerian authorities arrested a policeman and a quarantined officer who were allegedly trying to send nine girls and one boy to Russia where they would be trafficked. The children were found as they were boarding a plane to Moscow, and they were dressed as if they were fans going to the World Cup. The UN’s agency for migration reports that most potential sex trafficking victims that come to Italy are Nigerian.
Rift Valley Fever hits Kenya - Kenya has recently seen an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever, and at least five people have died from the disease over the past week. The disease is spread to humans when they come in contact with blood or meat from an infected animal. Ten years ago the disease killed over 200 people, and Kenya’s government warned of the outbreak months ago.
Suicide bomber attacks bus stop - Workers at the Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Kabul were waiting for a bus when they were attacked by a suicide bomber. The Islamic State group said it is responsible for the attack that killed 13 people and wounded 31 others. The workers left their job early that day for Ramadan, and women and children were among those who died.
Indian jewler seeks asylum - Popular Indian jeweler Nirav Modi is seeking asylum in London after he was accused of fraud. Indian police issued a warrant for his arrest over allegations that he committed $2bn of fraud at a bank. Modi’s assets like his bank accounts and cars were seized, and his stores in India were closed. Hollywood and Bollywood stars have worn his jewelry, and he also has stores in London, New York and Hong Kong.
Spain accepts migrant ship - Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez said the country would accept a ship carrying migrants. The ship was carrying 629 people and was stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy and Malta refused to take it in. Sanchez’s office said it was the country’s duty to accept the ship in order to avoid a “humanitarian catastrophe.”
Polish man sentenced to prison after kidnapping model - An Italian prison has sentenced a Polish man to 16 years and 9 months in prison for kidnapping a British model. The Polish man was plotting to sell the woman for sex in an auction, and the man will also have to pay the woman 60,000 euros in damages. The woman said she was drugged, stuffed into a bag and taken to a village when she was kidnapped.
Former Panama President extradited - Former Panama President Ricardo Martinelli has been extradited from the United States to Panama. He is accused of using public funds to monitor phone calls. Martinelli allegedly monitored over 150 different figures like politicians and journalists. He was arrested a year ago in Miami, and he said he is the victim of a political witch hunt.
Chile bishops resign over child sex scandal - Three Chilean bishops resigned from their positions after a child sexual abuse scandal came to light. Among them was Bishop Barros who is accused of covering up a sexual abuse scandal that a priest committed during the 1980s and 1990s. Pope Francis recently defended Barros in Chile earlier this year, but he publicly stated that he made “grave mistakes” by doing so.
U.S. imposes sanctions on Russian companies - The United States announced that it will impose sanctions on five Russian companies and three other Russians. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions were imposed because the companies and individuals allegedly helped Russia’s intelligence agency. The companies and individuals are not allowed to conduct any transactions that involve the U.S. financial system now.
Drug lord sentenced in Georgia - Edgar Valdez Villarreal (La Barbie) was sentenced to 49 years in prison for drug and money-laundering charges by a judge in Atlanta. Villarreal was arrested in Mexico in 2010, and he pleaded guilty to the charges in 2016. Villareal was part of the Beltran Levya drug cartel, and he distributed thousands of kilos of cocaine in the United States between 2004 and 2006.