The Ukrainian military has been forced to withdraw personnel from military bases as their fight against pro-Russian separatist movements continues wage on following the Russian aggression in the Crimean Peninsula. A pathway to peace in the region is set to be outlined by the new Ukrainian president after his inauguration this weekend.
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil begins a week from today and in an effort to avoid police protests the government has increased officer wages by 16%. An estimated 250,000 federal agents took to the streets earlier this year, and over a million others protested government spending on the World Cup.
Swiss authorities have frozen the assets of recently ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych and his inner circle due to suspected corruption and money laundering. It is predicted that Yanukovych is responsible for the theft of billions of dollars.
According to diplomatic officials, the US has defied Israel’s calls to condemn the recently formed Hamas unity government by holding talks which led to American support of the institution.
68 of 1,277 US companies named North Korea as a supplier as part of a recent government attempt to ensure responsible business practices involving the supplying of mineral resources. The UN and the US have had extensive economic sanction on North Korea for decades.
Japan agreed to donate much needed rice and medicines to the impoverished North Korea at talks in Sweden last week on the condition that the aid be provided through the private sector. The Japanese public has strong a disapproval of the North Korean government due to allegations that North Korean officials have abducted a number of Japanese people over the past 40 or so years.
Workers on the subway system in Sao Paulo, Brazil are striking in protest of extensive government spending on the World Cup causing worry that transportation in the heavily populated city will collapse. Over 11 billion dollars are being spent on the World Cup.
Egypt: Men sentenced to death were ‘demons’, says court
The Egyptian court that sentenced hundreds to death for supporting former president Mohamed Morsi has defended its ruling by calling the sentenced men “demons” who followed the Jewish scripture. The short trials were unpopular in Egypt and in the global community.
Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed approximately 45 people in a recent attack in which the men opened fire on a crowd they had lured by telling villagers they had come to preach. Officials estimate 200 may have been killed this week by the group.
The internal report investigating the business practices of General Motors after a wave of defective cars has concluded that there was consistent neglect, but found no evidence of cover-ups. GM’s delay to recall faulty cars has been linked to 13 deaths.