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Possible European recession

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, world trade growth has notably slowed down. The OECD has strongly warned the Eurozone and the United Kingdom might go into a recession. Over the next six months, it was stated by Mervyn King, a Bank of England governor, that the growth could be “flat or close to zero.” The OECD predicts the Eurozone may decrease by 1 percent in the fourth quarter, and even further in the first quarter of 2012 by 0.4 percent. As for the UK, the OECD’s predictions are even lower, as it will have a 0.03 percent decrease this quarter, and 0.15 percent in the next one. The OECD also reported global economic growth would decrease from 3.8 percent this year to 3.4 percent the upcoming year.

Guyana voters choose new government

Guyana’s people are voting for a new government in a poll that will most likely mirror their racial division. Since their independence from Britain in 1966, Guyana has been split in terms of ethnicity. The country has a parliamentary system, meaning the majority party’s candidate takes the presidency. The People’s National Congress is challenging the governing People’s Progressive Party. The People’s Progressive Party is hoping to win a fifth consecutive year. One of Guyana’s newest political groups, the Alliance for Change (AFC), is determined to split the two-party deadlock. “Reason, not race,” stated the AFC’s presidential candidate, Khemraj Ramjattan.

Columbian drug lord arrested

Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, one of Colombia’s most wanted drug lords, was arrested in Venezuela. Better known by his alias “Valenciano,” Orozco is accused of smuggling from Colombia to the United States. The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, has been praised by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for having arrested Orozco. American authorities had offered a $5 million reward to anyone with information regarding his capture. Orozco also was accused of leading a drug gang, known as The Office, in the Colombian city of Medellin. This gang used to be the armed wing of Pablo Escobar’s drug-trafficking ring. President Chavez said Orozco will be taken to Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, to be turned in to Colombian authorities.

Discrimination with HIV-positive teachers in China

Three job-seeking schoolteachers in China have been denied positions due to the men being HIV-positive. These three have quickly complained to the Beijing government. Education officials in the three provinces discarded their applications for schoolteaching positions after their blood tests came back HIV-positive, even though they had passed the required written tests and interviews. Activists say there is contradiction in China’s law, which states civil servants cannot be carriers of an infectious disease. However, there is also a 5-year-old law that is responsible in protecting the employment rights of people with HIV.

Suicide car bomb kills several in Iraq

Ninetee people have been killed due to a suicide car bomber at a prison gate near Baghdad, Iraq. At least 22 people have been reported to be injured near the town of Taji where the attack took place. Women were among the injured ones as well. Included in the casualties are prison guards, police officers and prison staff. In order to scatter the crowds of observers after the explosion, authorities had to fire into the air. This has been the third major attack in Iraq within the past week.

Compiled by News Editor Paola Cardenas

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