World News

Compiled by Nathan Whiteman
March 4, 2016

JAPAN
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake has struck southern Japan, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 1,000. The Kyushu Electric Power Company’s local nuclear power plant appears unaffected.


PACIFIC OCEAN

Pacific bluefin tuna, a staple sushi fish, have suffered a 97 percent decrease in population in the North Pacfic Ocean due to overfishing, according to the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species.


SAUDI ARABIA

The Saudi government has threatened to sell hundreds of billions of dollars in American assets if Congress passes a bill allowing them to be held accountable for any role they may have played in the 9/11 attacks. The Obama administration has threatened to block any such bill, saying that it would set a precedent and put Americans at risk when traveling abroad.
BRAZIL
With more than two-thirds of the vote, the lower house of Brazilian Parliament has passed a measure to impeach Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. If the senate agrees to consider the motion, Rousseff, who stands accused of lying in order to make Brazilian finance appear healthier for political gain, would have to step down for at least 180 days.


UNITED STATES

A study by Oxfam reveals that the largest 50 American companies have hidden an estimated 1.3 trillion dollars from taxation, which is more money than the GDP of Spain.


ECUADOR

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake occured in Ecuador, killing at least 553 people and injuring more than 4,000.

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