Flooding leaves thousands homeless in Ghana - Ghana is experiencing heavy flooding, and over 30 people have died from the conditions while thousands have been left homeless. Food security is also a concern in the country as areas become flooded, and officials are worried that diseases like cholera can break out in the country. Ghana is looking at building more dams to collect the water from the flooding.
New printed bank notes missing in Liberia - Protestors in Liberia gathered after over $100 million of new printed bank notes disappeared. That amount of money makes up five percent of the country’s gross domestic product. Liberia has asked the IMF and the FBI to help out the country with its investigations, but the country wants those agencies to advise the government on transparency.
China accuses the U.S. of bullying - In the wake of new tariffs, China is accusing the United States of bullying. The U.S. imposed new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products. In response to the country’s move, China imposed tariffs on $60 billion worth of United States products. China says the United States has started one of the largest trade wars in economic history.
Hong Kong bans political party - Hong Kong has banned the Hong Kong National Party, a political party that aims to promote independence. Government officials say the political party poses a threat to national security. This is the first time Hong Kong has banned a political party since it was returned to China from the United Kingdom. Hong Kong’s secretary for security said the political party spreads hatred and promotes discrimination.
Russia sends anti-aircraft missiles to Syria - Russia is planning on sending new anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, after Syrian forces accidentally shot down a Russian aircraft recently. The incident happened during an Israeli air strike. U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said he believes Russia’s move will cause Syria’s civil war to worsen, and he said Russia should reconsider its decision. The anti-aircraft missiles will be able to track down and identify Russian aircrafts.
Italy looks to deport migrants at an easier rate - It will be easier to deport migrants and take away their citizenship in Italy after a new measure was passed by the Italian government. The measure will make it easier to deport migrants who are accused of crimes like rape, assault and dealing drugs. Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini said the measure will keep Italy safer, and all it needs now is to be backed by lawmakers. So far, over 1,700 migrants have died trying to reach Europe this year.
Colombia cocaine production is up - According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, production of cocaine in Colombia has risen nearly 31 percent year to year. There has been over 1,300 tons of cocaine produced in the country recently, and the UN warned that production could harm peace efforts. Colombia’s cocaine often ends up in the United States, because the country is the world’s largest consumer.
Rihanna has new role with Barbados - The pop singer Rihanna has been named “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” for Barbados. She’ll be responsible for promoting education, tourism and investment for the country. Rihanna is from Barbados, and the country’s prime minister said Rihanna was honored to receive the title. Rihanna lived in the country until she was a teenager when she was discovered by a record producer.
Paralyzed patients can walk again - Research teams at the University of Louisville and the Mayo Clinic reported that three patients who were all paralyzed from the waist down are able to walk again. Doctors placed an electrical patch that was customized to fit their spinal cords. Researchers say the results from the electrical patch are encouraging, but they believe that more work needs to be done.
Trump says he expects meeting with Kim Jong-un soon - During a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in New York, President Donald Trump said he expects a second summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un soon. He described his relationship with Kim as “very good and in some ways… extraordinary.” Moon said Kim wants complete denuclearization soon, and Kim wants to focus on an improved economic development for his country.