The Trump administration is expected to repeal a hotly debated rule forcing U.S. companies to ensure that they do not source minerals from conflict regions. A leaked draft of an executive order suspends Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act citing the financial burden of sourcing minerals on U.S. companies.
After a decade of landmark reductions in poverty and inequality, Ecuadorians voted for a runoff election between two presidential candidates with vastly different approaches to reviving the nation’s economy. To win the first round of the election, left-wing candidate Lenín Moreno needed to secure at least 40 percent of the vote and maintain a 10-point lead over his conservative party opponent Guillermo Lasso.
Refugee camps hosting more than 380,000 Burundians are running out of space. More land is needed to prepare for the total number of refugees to swell to 500,000 by the end of this year, U.N. Refugee Agency (UNCHR) officials said.
The cycle of corruption and inequality is churning out a new problem: populism. Transparency International warned that nationalist leaders who succeed in anti-establishment campaigns do little to fight corruption once in office, despite their rhetoric, and, in fact, make it worse.
President Donald Trump stated that he would ‘totally destroy’ the Johnson Amendment. It may seem like the law is narrowly focused on restricting what religious groups can say or do if they want to remain tax-exempt. However, the Johnson Amendment broadly covers all nonprofits. Repealing it would allow not only religious leaders to speak freely about politics, but free up nonprofit groups currently bound by nonpartisanship.
Refugees trying to reach Europe will be encouraged to move to Asia and Latin America as part of a British aid package intended to bolster a U.N. scheme, Prime Minister Theresa May announced at an EU summit.
Argentina has toughened its stance on immigration, deterring migrants from some of the poorest countries in South America. “Faced with the recent notorious acts of organized crime, the government has had enormous difficulties in enacting deportation orders against foreign nationals as a result of the complex, repetitive procedures that in some cases can take seven years to process,” said President Mauricio Macri of policy changes implemented by emergency presidential decree on Jan. 27.
In what advocates say is a major blow to government accountability, a bill that repeals a regulation that forces companies in the extractive industry to disclose payments to foreign governments is headed to President Donald Trump after passing the U.S. House and Senate this week.
The fate of asylum seekers detained by Australia on Nauru and Manus Island remains in limbo, after Donald Trump backpedaled on an agreement to resettle 1,250 of them in a tweet late last night, not even two hours after the U.S. embassy in Canberra confirmed he would honor it.
A series of new reports show the devastating toll of Yemen’s civil war and the potential war crimes carried out by both sides. Taken together, they paint a grim picture for Yemen where the ongoing fighting is causing a hunger crisis and the people responsible for the attacks are not held responsible.