Giorgio Orsoni and 34 others including businessmen and state officials were detained amidst allegations of bribery and extortion involving flood barriers as Italy attempts to solve the issue of rising sea levels and recurring floods. The Moses project intends to utilize mobile barriers to hinder the entrance of water into the Venice Lagoon. The barriers have been under construction for over a decade now and have been hit by constant delays, the recent inquiry being the latest one.
The United States coast guard seized the Yin Yuan fishing boat on Tuesday under accusations that the boat had used illegal fishing nets to catch thousands of pounds of salmon. These so called “drift nets” are notorious for catching and killing large populations of unwanted marine animals. The Coast Guard released the boat today after an escort back to Chinese waters.
There is rising speculation that President Barrack Obama will put pressure on the Australian Prime Minister to ensure that climate change will be placed on the agenda for the upcoming G20 conference in Australia. This comes after the President made recent steps to curb US carbon emissions.
Edward Snowden, known for his leaks of NSA intelligence in 2013, has claimed that he will not trade information for asylum as he continues to evade allegations of theft of government property and leaking classified information. Snowden’s asylum in Moscow expires at the end of the summer so time is of the essence.
The Nigerian military cracked down on corrupt leaders by court martialing 10 generals and 5 officers after alleging they had aided Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The depth of Boko Haram’s involvement in the government as well as widespread public disapproval of the group puts Nigeria’s government in threat of instability.
The Canadian government has decided to restrict talk of global climate change by meteorologists highlighting a trend in Canadian treatment of environmental issues. Canada’s general attitude towards the environment has lacked a progressive ideology over recent years proven by government ignorance and the question of the Keystone Pipeline.
Central African Republic Prime Minister, Andre Nzapayeke has outlawed text messaging deeming the act a threat to national security. The decision arrives amidst continuing violence in the nation’s capital. The ban could last for several days according to a government source.
The Iranian president has taken a surprising stance on individualistic freedom by claiming that the government should not use violent force to push Islam on everyone, much to the dismay of hardline Iranian religious leaders. Iran is currently under a very strict set of Islam inspired laws.
A recent outbreak of cholera which has impacted hundreds may escalate to a devastating level soon due to poor conditions and overcrowding in a South Sudan displacement camp. Over one million people have been forced from their homes and thousands have been relocated to areas without proper irrigation or clean drinking water.
President Bashar Al Assad has won a third term in office after receiving an impressive 88.7% of votes. Voting only took place in government controlled areas, leaving the rebel unrepresented. The US and other nations have criticized the election. “You can’t have an election where millions of your people don’t even have an ability to vote” –John Kerry