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Iraqi Kurd President Says Town of Sinjar Taken From Islamic State Group
A group that supports freedom and democracy says only one person in seven lives in a country where reporters’ safety is guaranteed, and where media are not restricted or pressured by the government.
The documents show how rich people and world leaders have tried to hide their money and avoid paying taxes. World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati says information in the papers may make everyday citizens less willing to pay taxes.
For nearly 40 years, a law firm in Panama helped drug dealers, criminals, corrupt politicians, sports stars and billionaires avoid paying taxes. Among them are the prime ministers of Iceland and Pakistan, the president of Ukraine and the King of Saudi Arabia.
The new law is designed to make it easier to give to charities. However, it also increases government supervision of not-for-profit groups and non-governmental organizations. China’s charitable giving has not grown in recent years.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Belgian Prime Minister on Friday to support Belgium after terrorist attacks there killed dozens and wounded hundreds this week. Kerry spoke in English, French and Flemish, saying, “We are Brussels.”
Problems with a system designed to limit sharp stock price drops leads to a change in the head of China’s stock regulator. Also, plans to ease the way stocks are offered to the public for the first time are delayed.
A U.N. report by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific says countries in that area host 59 million migrants. But, the report urges Asia-Pacific countries to develop better policies to protect the rights of migrants. Such measure can increase economic gains to host countries.
Social entrepreneurs create start-up companies that tackle important global challenges. They combine the mission of a non-profit organization with the business skills of the private sector. And they’re receiving more funding for their initiatives, both in the U.S. and globally.
Support for torture to combat terrorism varies by country. The average, from Pew Research Center interviews with people in 38 nations, was 40 percent. The most support came from people in Uganda. The least from people in Argentina.
Researchers in Slovenia say they have found some evidence of a link between the Zika virus and an increase in some birth defects. They published the study this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Journal also published a report from a group of American health experts.
A human rights group says the slowing world economy, a crackdown on dissidents and dislike of foreigners fleeing their country have led to a sharp drop in freedom around the world for the 10th consecutive year.
World leaders, businessmen and activists meet in Switzerland to discuss economic and other pressing issues. This year, oil prices and China’s economic slowdown raised concerns. Technology is always a major subject, but delegates also spoke about inequality and concerns about refugees.
An American student -- Otto Frederick Warmbier, 21, of Cincinnati, Ohio -- has been arrested in North Korea. The arrest is the latest in a series of arrests of U.S. citizens. Analysts say North Korea uses the citizens as bargaining chips. He is studying economics at the University of Virginia.
Terror attacks across the globe last week showed the growing reach of terrorist groups. The attacks occurred in Indonesia, Turkey, Cameroon, Pakistan and other countries.
Historic changes are expected for Taiwan, one of Asia’s most vibrant democracies. Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party will be that nation's first female president. Her challenges will be dealing with China, and making stronger Taiwan's failing economy and wages.
A group of ranchers and their supporters have gathered in a distant area of eastern Oregon. They say they are protesting mistreatment by federal officials. But some worry the group could be influenced by extremist militia groups. Others think they are protesting the wrong way.
A 20-year-old Islamic State fighter executed his mother in front of hundreds in the Syrian city of Raqqa. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said she had asked her son to leave the militant group and flee the city with her. He shot his mother in a central square as others watched.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces supported by United States’ airstrikes have regained territories controlled by Islamic State militants in the past month. Top Iraqi politicians and experts said, however, if the country’s Sunni Muslim population is not empowered, the Islamic State group will not be defeated.
The EU and the Southeast Asian nation have completed talks on a trade deal that would remove tariffs. The EU has also promised money for Vietnam’s energy, health care and tourism industries.
The Alibaba Group announced last week that it is buying the South China Morning Post. This move could help Alibaba’s stock price and also win favor with Chinese policy makers.
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