World & Nation News in Brief

Mozambique

After over two decades, countless volunteers and hard work for all involved, Mozambique is finally cleared of land mines. Halo Trust, the company responsible for the mission, became well known 18 years ago when Princess Diana of Wales made it her mission to bring attention to the issue. Mozambique was formerly considered the most mined country because of its the civil war, which ended in 1992. Mozambique has since developed a lively economy, including infrastructure and tourism. Over 171,000 mines were destroyed in the country.

Cambodia

More than 500 garment workers in Cambodia have demanded that their government resolve the country’s unemployment issue by striking in front of factories. Many of the workers have experienced unemployment because of unexplained termination from their jobs, pregnancy or a lack of employment contracts. Protesters stood in front of the National Assembly and Ministry of Labor after police prevented them from going to Phnom Penh, the capital. Officials from the Free Trade Union are aiding workers from factories all over the country.

United States

The Senate failed to pass a bill, voting 54-42, that would ban abortions after 20 weeks with few exceptions. The bill had been approved by the House, but stopped at the next step. Since the number of Americans supporting abortion is growing with every year, this decision makes sense. Over the weekend, writers Lindy West and Amelia Bonow also created #ShoutYourAbortion, a hashtag women all over Twitter have been using to tell their stories.

Germany

In the summer of 1944, one woman allegedly served as a radio operator as part of the Nazi SS in the Auschwitz death camp. The woman is now being tried in Germany as an accessory to 260,000 murders. Although the woman is fit to stand trial, the case may not proceed for another year. Earlier in 2015, a 94-year-old sergeant from the SS was arrested on similar charge, as was a former SS officer of the same age named Oskar Groening.

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