News you should read today – October 5, 2015

 

 

hillary clontonHillary Clinton to push new gun control law
Just days after a deadly shooting in Oregon, Hillary Clinton will unveil new gun control measures on Monday aimed at strengthening background checks on gun buyers and eliminating legal immunity for sellers.

She plans to propose a repeal of legislation that shields gun manufacturers, distributors and dealers from most liability suits, even in the case of mass shootings like the one that killed nine students and teachers at a community college on Thursday. Clinton has emerged as one of the fiercest proponents of tougher gun control after a series of shootings over the past several months has reignited debate over gun laws on the presidential campaign. Associated Press

 

 

Wirathu myanmar monkMyanmar monks stage large rally as religious tensions grow
Thousands of Myanmar’s nationalist monks and their supporters prayed, clapped and held speeches at a large rally in Yangon on Sunday, in a show of growing clout of radical Buddhists ahead of a Nov. 8 election.

It was a climax of their campaign to celebrate their successful push to establish four so-called Protection of Race and Religion Laws seen as targeting women and the country’s Muslim minority. One of the outspoken leaders of Ma Ba Tha group who organized the rally, Ashin Wirathu, on Sunday endorsed president Thein Sein, whose USDP is facing a stiff battle against the widely popular NLD. Reuters

 

 

2015 nobel medicine3 Scientists shared Nobel Prize for medicine
The Nobel Prize for medicine has this year been jointly awarded to three scientists for their work on parasitic diseases.

Half of the award goes to William Campbell of Ireland and Satoshi Omura of Japan, who discovered a new drug to treat infections caused by roundworm parasites. The other half goes to China’s Youyou Tu, who used traditional herbal medicine to find a new kind of antimalarial agent. CNN

 

 

isisISIS Destroys another ancient site in Palmyra
ISIS have reportedly destroyed another irreplaceable ancient artifact in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the arch had ornaments that Islamic State considered blasphemous. If the destruction is confirmed by satellite images, it would be the third ancient site destroyed since Islamic State seized Palmyra in May. Two Roman-era temples already have been blown up. The extremists consider ancient historic artifacts and images to be blasphemous. The United Nations and historians regard such actions to be war crimes. VOA news

 

 

Asia pacific leadersUS and 11 Asia-Pacific allies near final Trans-Pacific Partnership deal
Trade negotiators from the U.S. and 11 Asia-Pacific countries said late Sunday that they are optimistic they’ll be able to announce a final Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, after almost eight years of negotiations.

The trade officials, meeting in Atlanta, had suggested earlier that a deal could be announced on Sunday, but ongoing haggling over drug patents, dairy exports, and other issues held up a final agreement. It is a largest regional trade accord in history, a potentially precedent-setting model for global commerce and worker standards that would tie together 40 percent of the world’s economy, from Canada and Chile to Japan and Australia. The New York Times

 

 

povertyGlobal extreme poverty to hit new low in 2015
For the first time, this year the World Bank expects the number of people living in extreme poverty to fall below 10 percent of the world’s population, to 702 million people.

The global poverty line was introduced by the World Bank in 1990, set at $1 a day. In 2008, it was adjusted to $1.25 a day, and after taking into consideration new data on cost of living in different countries, is now $1.90 a day, The Guardian reports. The World Bank projects that in 2015, 9.6 percent of the world’s population will live in extreme poverty, down from 12.8 percent, or 902 million people, in 2012. “This is the best story in the world today,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said. “These projections show us that we are the first generation in human history that can end extreme poverty.” The Week

 

 

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