President-elect of Colombia Ivan Duque was sworn into office on Tuesday vowing to unite the divided nation and ‘make corrections’ in a peace accord with Marxist rebels. Duque faces the challenges of implementing the historic accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and dealing with strained relations with Washington over cocaine production.
Days after rescuing 11 malnourished children from a desert compound in New Mexico, the police have discovered the remains of a young boy on the same property. The remains are believed to be those of missing Georgie boy Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj who was reportedly kidnapped by his father last year. Five adults face criminal accusations.
The entire Australian state of New South Wales (NWS) is now affected by what is being called the worst drought in living memory. Less than 10 millimeters of rain has been recorded during the past month in areas of NSW. The State Government has announced more than $1 billion in drought relief measures.
The former prime minister of Malaysia Najib Razak was charged with three counts of money laundering on Wednesday in connection to a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Razak pleaded not guilty to the charges. Other charges against him included criminal breach of trust and abuse of power.
Following the freeze of new trade and investment with Canada by Saudi Arabia, the humanitarian rift between the countries has intensified. Saudi Arabia has stopped all Canadian medical treatment programs, transferring patients out of the country. All educational training and scholarship programs in Canada will be suspended by September and all students may be withdrawn.
Indonesian police rescued a woman on Sunday in Central Sulawesi province after she was held as a sex slave for 15 years from the age of 13 by an elderly village shaman. The man was charged under sex abuse and child protection laws. The woman’s family initially brought their daughter to the shaman for treatment.