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Heartbreaking Migrant Images, China Troop Cuts, 3 Trillion Trees

HEARTBREAKING IMAGES SHOW HORROR OF MIGRANT CRISIS

Shocking photographs of the body of a Syrian toddler, whose body had washed up on a Turkish beach after his family's failed attempt to reach Europe, are sparking global outcry. The first of the images shows a Syrian boy identified as Aylan Kurdi, 3, face down on the beach of the southwestern resort town of Bodrum. A subsequent shot shows a Turkish police officer carrying the boy's lifeless body. The photos made the front pages of some newspapers around the world today, though some editors chose not to publish the images in line with longstanding journalistic practice to avoid shocking readers. See how some of the world's top newspapers chose to feature them.

  • Meanwhile, hundreds of migrants stormed Budapest's main railway station, which reopened its doors today after a two-day standoff, Die Welt reports.
  • But an announcement said that international trains to Western Europe had been suspended "indefinitely."
  • About 3,000 people — mostly people fleeing war in the Middle East — are camping around Budapest's Keleti station, a Libération reporter on site says.
  • Hungary's anti-migrant Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said the refugees couldn't leave Hungary without being registered, the BBC reports. Most of the migrants in Hungary have been refusing to register there, hoping to reach Germany before seeking asylum.

YEMEN MOSQUE BOMBING KILLS 32

Two ISIS suicide bombings against a Shia mosque in Yemen's capital Sanaa have left 32 people dead and 92 wounded, Al Arabiya reports. A man wearing an explosive belt reportedly blew himself up as worshippers were leaving the mosque, before another man detonated his vehicle packed with explosives as people came to rescue the victims.


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Writer and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass escaped slavery 177 years ago today. That and more in your shot of history.


MALAYSIA BOAT CAPSIZES, KILLS 14

At least 14 people died when an overloaded wooden boat reportedly carrying dozens of immigrants sank off the Malaysian coast today, Reuters quoted maritime officials as saying. The boat was believed to be heading to Indonesia after leaving Malaysia's Selangor state. Southeast Asia has been facing a huge migrant crisis since May, when Thai authorities launched a crackdown on people-smuggling gangs.


GUATEMALAN PRESIDENT RESIGNS

Photo: Luis Echeverria/Xinhua/ZUMA

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina resigned from office late yesterday, hours after police issued an arrest warrant against him and days before a presidential election, The Guardian reports. Guatemala's parliament voted to withdraw his immunity amid a growing corruption scandal in which he is accused of being part of a customs fraud ring that gave discounts on important tariffs to companies, in exchange for kickbacks. He has denied these allegations, suggesting he's the target of a plot. His current whereabouts are unknown, but his lawyer said that, if charged, Pérez Molina would turn himself in to authorities.


WORLDCRUNCH-TO-GO

Conventional business wisdom now calls for employee "flexibility." But too often that leads to work and rest becoming so intermingled that a hard-earned freedom gets lost, Alexander Hagelüken writes for Süddeutsche Zeitung. "Germany's Employer's Association wants to abolish the eight-hour working day, which has long been used as a benchmark as to how long an employee can be expected to work," he writes. "Business leaders insist that they do not want staff to work any longer than eight hours a day, but rather create more flexibility in view of changing lifestyles and growing global competition. But the question remains as to what that will mean for employees in Germany, where the boundaries between work and rest are becoming increasingly blurred. Some 16% of Germans complain about the fact that their gainful employment is increasingly leading to an overlapping of work and time spent with family."

Read the full article, From Germany, A Call To Save The Eight-Hour Work Day.


CHINA ANNOUNCES MASSIVE TROOP CUTS

China is set to cut the number of its troops by 300,000, Xinhua quoted President Xi Jinping as saying today as the country held a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of China's World War II victory over Japan. "Prejudice and discrimination, hatred and war can only cause disaster and pain," Xi said. "China will always uphold the path of peaceful development." The number of Chinese troops has been cut three times since the 1980s. The defense ministry said the cuts would be effective by the end of 2017. According to Reuters, the move is likely part of military plans that aim to spend more money on high-tech weapons for the navy and air force. A report by the Taiwanese defense ministry says that China is currently building two aircraft carriers, which could be the same size as its sole 60,000-ton carrier, Reuters reports.


MY GRAND-PÈRE'S WORLD



3 TRILLION

That's a 3 followed by 12 0s, and it's approximately the number of trees on Earth, according to the science journal Nature. That's eight times more than what was previously estimated (about 400 billion). A team of scientists from Yale University found that most of these trees (1.39 trillion) were located in the tropics and subtropics. They also say about 15 billion trees are cut down every year, with only 5 million being planted back.

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Abenomics Revisited: Why Japan Hasn't Attacked The Wealth Divide

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida promised to tackle wealth inequality and help struggling workers. But a year after he came to power, financial traders are once again the winners.

Japanese workers will still have to wait for the distribution of wealth promised by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Yann Rousseau

-Analysis-

TOKYO — Panic on the Nikkei, the Japanese stock market. Almost a year ago, at the end of September 2021, traders went into a panic in Tokyo. On Sept. 29, Fumio Kishida had just won the general election for the country's main conservative party, the Liberal Democratic Party. He was about to be named Prime Minister, succeeding Yoshide Suga, who'd grown too unpopular in the polls.

Kishida had won through a rather original reform program, which was in stark contrast with years of conservative pro-market politics. In his speeches, he had promised to generate a “new capitalism”. A phrase that makes investors shudder.

While he did not completely renounce his predecessors’ strategy called “Abenomics” — named after free-market stalwart Shinzo Abe, who was killed last July — Kishida declared that the government needed to tackle the issue of the redistribution of wealth in the island nation.

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