In a landmark decision, the German government gets rid of college tuition fees. “We got rid of tuition fees because we do not want higher education which depends on the wealth of the parents” says Gabrielle Heinen-Kjajic who’s the minister for science and culture. The government will now fund all public institutions, giving opportunities for students to leave school without any debt and also to drive down the prices of private institutions.
In a Facebook post, Chain Yan Leung takes a selfie and says that her diamond necklace was bought using Hong Kong taxpayer’s money. Leung goes on to say “the necklace on my profile pic is not a dog collar, silly!” “This is actually a beautiful necklace bought at Lane Crawford (yes – funded by all you HK taxpayers!! So are all my beautiful shoes and dresses and clutches!! Thank you so much!!!!” Her Facebook page was taken down following all the controversy.
Last week, India became the first Asian country to successfully reach Mars, and the first country in the world to do so on its first try. India’s mission to Mars was also relatively cheap compared to missions by the US, Russia, and Japan. The mission’s success lead to an agreement between NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization to collaborate on voyages to Mars in the future.
North Korean exiles report that the North Korean Organization and Guidance Department (OGD), put in place by Kim Jong-il, have been ignoring the rule of Kim Jong-un and in essence seized control of the country. Kim Jong-il has also been reported to have a number of health complications, leading to a month of absence from the government. Tensions in North Korea loom between factions who want to open North Korea to global market and increase foreign trade.
Coal India Limited, the largest coal producers in the world, is investing $1.2 billion in solar plants that will be located all across the country. Coal India Limited is known for its generally sound environmental practices, and the move by the private company to invest such huge capital is great for the growth of renewables.
The United Nations has demanded action in response to recent developments in Iraq where militants of the Islamic State have been holding mass executions and kidnapping women for sex slaves. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hueesin says that these are “crimes against humanity”, and ones that cannot go unaddressed.
Monitoring equipment of the European Space Agency repots that loss of ice in the Antarctic is changing the Earth’s gravity in certain areas of the continent. The Earth’s gravitational field can change, and massive amounts of ice melting in the Antarctic have been causing gravitational fluctuations.
The United States public health institute predicts that 1.4 million people could be infected by beginning of 2015 if containment efforts are not strengthened. Officials advise that the focus of the international community should be to slow the rate of transmission, which has been speeding up. It will take the cooperation of all countries to combat the growing threat that Ebola poses.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been cracking down on left opposition, particularly that of the media, and as a result there has been a flight of middle-class people from the country. In 2013, over 180,000 people left Russia, a figure that was five times higher than 2011. A number of prominent Russian journalists have also left.
The Turkish parliament authorized the country’s military to leave its borders in order to pursue radical militant groups. The move comes in reaction to the thousands of Kurdish and other refugees that have been spilling across the border to flee from persecution.