Due to the lack of a reasonable solution to the large numbers of people illegally arriving in the EU, the European Commission has decided to take a carrot and sticks approach: we will pay you if you take people in, we will refer you to the European Court of Justice if you do not. For taking in migrants, European countries can expect to be reimbursed 6,000 euros (£5,338) per refugee in what the European Commission believes will to encourage more countries to shelter refugees.
New York Times publisher AG Sulzberger has urged US President Donald Trump to stop attacking the press. Sulzberger stated that his continued labelling of the press as ‘enemies of the people’ will ‘lead to violence’. This comes just one month after the murder of five journalists at a shooting at the Maryland Capital Gazette, which many have speculated is a direct result of Trump’s rhetoric. The message didn’t appear to have sunk in with Trump continuing to suggest the press re putting people’s lives in danger within hours of meeting Sulzberger.
On the eve of Zimbabwe’s election, Robert Mugabe refused to support his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mugabe claimed he cannot vote for the ‘party I founded’ due to the way in which he was ousted in November 2017, and instead signalled he will vote for one of the other 22 candidates. Zimbabwe’s election comes after 37 years of Mugabe government that was condemned as a dictatorship by western governments and human rights groups.
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Criminal insiders have been rigging McDonald’s Monopoly for years. An investigation in 2001 revealed that almost all major prizes were manipulated by McDonald’s insiders who rigged the game to take around $24 million worth of prizes from the company. It is believed that the vast majority of winners were criminals connected to other crimes.
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