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Sunday, 19 May 2024 – 17:47

Briefing Wednesday 3rd October

A Syrian refugee has been arrested in Kuala Lumpur after living in the KLIA2 airport for six months. Hassan Al Kontar was arrested for staying in ‘forbidden areas’ of the airport. Malaysia has visa-free travel for Syrian’s, however, overstayed on a previous visit and was worried about being arrested and deported if he re-entered Malaysia. He has applied for Asylum in Canada but is yet to be granted a decision on his status. Kontar is now expected to be deported by Malaysian authorities.

Amazon has raised its US and UK minimum wages following the company’s growth in recent months. The company is raising its US wage to $15 per hour, whilst its UK base wage is rising to £9.10 an hour, up from £8 previously. Company CEO Jeff Bezos claims this has come following Amazon ‘listening’ to its critics, following accusations of underpaying workers after the company became the worlds second trillion-dollar company in recent months.

Aung San Suu Kyi has officially been stripped of her honorary Canadian citizenship after the nation’s Senate passed a motion to strip Suu Kyi of the title. She is the first ever person to be stripped of such an accolade, with the move coming as a response to her limited response to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

And in other news,

Donna Strickland has become the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Physics in 55 years, just days after an Italian physicist claimed that physics was ‘built by men’. Strickland shares this year’s accolade with Arthur Ashkin and Gerard Morou who were all recognised for their discoveries in the field of laser physics.

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