President Donald Trump yanked the United States out of a major Pacific trade deal Monday, making good on an election campaign promise and delivering a hammer blow to Asian allies. Trump said he had “terminated” the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a trade deal binding the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Vietnam and seven other allies against growing Chinese economic clout. Together, TPP members represent 40 percent of the world economy.
The end of the Guinea worm disease appears imminent, with just 25 cases reported in 2016 and the number of affected countries dropping from four to three, according to the Carter Center. Mali reported no cases last year, leaving Chad, Ethiopia and South Sudan as the last places in the world where the disease exists.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a controversial election amendment into law on Monday, requiring back-up plans to count votes if electronic voting systems fail during the election in August, according to media reports.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order to provide free access to contraceptives for 6 million women in an effort to reduce poverty, the Department of Health Commission on Population announced in a press release Wednesday.
More than 3,000 people have fled airstrikes and heavy fighting in northern Myanmar since the weekend as the government tries to flush out rebel positions, activists said Wednesday. The government prevented a U.N. official from visiting the area on Tuesday as waves of people crossed the border into China to escape the turmoil.
The government of Pakistan is under fire for the suspected abductions of at least four social media activists in the last week. Amid gathering protests and mounting pressure from human rights advocates and journalists, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan assured lawmakers on Tuesday that intelligence agencies are looking into the disappearances. Meanwhile, one more activist was reported missing today.
The anti-foreign aid campaign by the British tabloid the Daily Mail claimed a major victory. The U.K. pulled funding from Girl Effect, a girls rights program, after the tabloid characterized the £9 million program as a waste of taxpayer money.
India’s Supreme Court has directed the government to conduct an audit of more than 3 million charities in the country, many of which have received millions of dollars of state funds, but have failed to show where the money was spent.
Aware of population growth’s growing impact on global food security, many agricultural experts are debating the use of vertical farming…
A double bombing by the Taliban near the Afghan Parliament office compound in Kabul on Tuesday killed dozens of people during the early evening rush hour, officials said. The assault in the Afghan capital was the deadliest of several high-profile attacks on Tuesday, including an explosion at a government guesthouse in the southern province of Kandahar that wounded the provincial governor and the visiting ambassador of the United Arab Emirates.
New United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the Security Council on Tuesday to take more action to prevent conflicts instead of just responding to them as he pledged to build the world body’s mediation capacity.
International medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is again calling on authorities to provide shelter for all refugees and migrants stranded outside in life-threatening weather conditions.
More than 9 million people in Afghanistan are in need of humanitarian assistance in 2017. The number of people facing hunger is of particular concern, the U.N. has warned. Some 1.8 million people are acutely malnourished – 1.3 million are children under 5 years old.