Rape of toddler leaves Myanmar reeling

On the morning of May 16, a two-year-old girl went to her private nursery in the capital of Myanmar, Nay Pyi Taw, and returned home with a horrifying tale.

The only suspect charged in the case is back in court on Wednesday, July 25. But from the start, this case has been thin on evidence and clouded by contradiction. Police say a medical examination carried out after Victoria’s mother had noticed her injuries and taken her to hospital showed the girl was sexually assaulted.

But in a country with rampant corruption, the public’s expectations for justice has agitated many.

Many believed that Aung Gyi, the suspect under custody, is a scapegoat so that the authorities could claim they’d done their job.

The administrator of the nursery and several teachers have denied that any sexual assault took place on the premises. Another teacher, Nilar Aye, said the girl had never left her sight that day. 

Question: How best to safeguard our children?


South Korean fires warning shots against Russian military planes

South Korean air force jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots Tuesday after a Russian military plane violated South Korea’s airspace, Seoul officials said in an announcement. Russia later expressed “deep regret” over airspace violation, indicating that a malfunction led the aircraft into unintended area. 

South Korea said the three Russian planes entered the South Korean air defense identification zone with two Chinese bombers following closely. South Korea said the Chinese planes didn’t intrude upon South Korean airspace.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying noted that the air defense identification zone is not necessarily territorial airspace and others are entitled to fly through it.

Question: Can you believe that this was an accident? 


Trump threatens Guatemala after court blocks asylum deal

President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened retribution against Guatemala over immigration after the country’s high court blocked its government from signing an asylum deal with the United States.

Guatemala “has decided to break the deal they had with us on signing a necessary Safe Third Agreement. We were ready to go,” Trump said in a Twitter post. “Now we are looking at the ‘BAN,'” he wrote, along with tariffs, fees on remittance money Guatemalans working in the U.S. send back to their country, “or all of the above.”

Taxing remittances to Guatemala would damage their economy in a big way, remittances from the United States are equal to 12.1% of the Guatemalan economy, according to the World Bank.


Justice Dept. ratchets up antitrust scrutiny of Big Tech

The U.S. Department of Justice opened an antitrust investigation of major technology companies in the search for evidence that they have hurt competition, suppressed innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers.

 Lawmakers and Democratic presidential candidates have called for stricter regulation or even breakups of the big tech companies.

But these big tech companies are a challenging target. Current interpretations of antitrust law don’t apply to companies offering inexpensive goods or free online services. It is important to note that the Justice Department did not name specific companies in its announcement.


Equifax to Pay the Largest Data-Breach Settlement

Equifax, one of America’s three largest credit bureaus, alongside Experian and TransUnion, has files on hundreds of millions of people worldwide. 

In 2017 the records of at least 147 million people were accessed by hackers. Among the stolen information, there are at least 147 million names and dates of birth, about 145.5 million Social Security numbers, and a total of 209,000 payment card numbers and expiration dates. 


Equifax will pay at least $300m towards identity theft services and other related expenses run up by the victims. People who paid for credit monitoring or identity theft protection services will be eligible to have what they spent refunded. Additionally, individuals would also receive compensation for the time they spent dealing with the issues at a rate of $25 per hour, for up to 20 hours.


An additional $175 million will be paid in fines to end various investigations. The rest of the money will be divided between 50 U.S. states and a penalty paid to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Question: Do you think that the settlement is fair or not?


Coast Guardsman stops ‘narco-submarine’ full of cocaine

A semi-submersible in the Pacific waters was tracked by a Coast Guard surveillance aircraft and later captured by the Cost Guard.

These submersible vessels are rarely spotted, and for years they were dubbed “Bigfoot,” a rumor and a legend.

But on June 18, a narco-submarine was spotted hundreds of miles off the Colombian and Ecuadoran coast in waters patrolled by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro. The ship deployed a boarding team on two small boats with a helicopter watching overhead. The 40-foot narco-sub was transporting more than 17,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $232 million, said Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Brickey, a spokesman for U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area.


More than 500,000 Volvo cars recalled worldwide

Volvo said that a plastic part in the engine has, in rare cases, been liable to melt and deform, resulting in a possible engine fire. The affected models have four-cylinder diesel engines and are 2014-2019 versions of the following cars: S80, S60, V70, XC70, S60 Cross Country, V60, XC60, V60 Cross Country, S90, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC90, V40, and V40 Cross Country. Please beware and share with your friends. 


Iran says it arrested CIA spies and sentenced some to death

Iran says it has arrested 17 spies who it says were working for the CIA and sentenced some of them to death.

The intelligence ministry said the suspects had been collecting information in vital sectors – including military and nuclear areas of activity. President Donald Trump has dismissed the claims, saying the report is “totally false.”

Iran announced in state media, saying the alleged spies were arrested before March 2019.

Question: Who is telling the truth? Has Iran captured CIA spies? 


India launches moon mission

Chandrayaan-2 was launched at 14:43 local time (09:13 GMT) from the Sriharikota space station.

The spacecraft is carrying an orbiter, a lander and a rover that will move around on the lunar surface for 14 earth days. It will take around 47 days to travel before landing on the moon.

India’s space chief said his agency had “bounced back with flying colours” after the aborted first attempt.

The spacecraft has entered the Earth’s orbit, where it will stay for 23 days before it begins a series of manoeuvres that will take it into lunar orbit.

If successful, India will become the fourth country to make a soft landing on the Moon’s surface. Only the former Soviet Union, the US and China have been able to do so.


Manny Pacquiao beats the undefeated WBA Super welterweight champion

Via AP

Thurman – previously undefeated – had promised to send the 40-year-old Fillipino into retirement, but was knocked down in the first round before a thrilling fight went the distance.

The 30-year-old had been looking for his 30th straight win.

The 40-year-old Pacquiao out-dueled unbeaten champion Keith Thurman over 12 all-action rounds on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to capture the WBA title in a thrilling split decision. The instant classic saw two judges score the fight 115-112 for Pacquiao while the third had it 114-113 for Thurman. CBS Sports also scored it 114-113 for Thurman.

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) recorded a knockdown in the opening round on a beautiful right hook that proved to be the difference as it helped him steal Round 1 and edge out Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) in a fight-of-the-year contender that saw both fighters compete at an insane pace.

Pacquiao – a world champion at eight weights – was fighting for the 71st time in a stellar career that has seen seven defeats, but with four of those losses coming in his past 11 fights before the meeting with Thurman.

Afterwards, Pacquiao said he felt “blessed” and he will return to the Philippines to resume his work as a senator before deciding his next move.



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