Last week Pakistan's Awami Tehreek Secretary General, Khurram Nawaz Gandapur shared incredible footage of an airplane narrowly avoiding an oil tanker that had stopped on the runway. "Narrow escape of an aircraft which could have ended in a great disaster," read the now-deleted tweet by Gandapur. "Miraculous save by the pilot's presence of mind." read more
Polish lawmakers have approved a measure that would exonerate most workers under the age of 26 from income taxes as the country seeks to stem the flow of its young people to other EU nations in search of better paying jobs. The bill would exonerate workers under the age of 26 from Poland's 18 percent personal income tax for those whose gross earnings don't surpass 85,500 zlotys (20,000 euros, $22,500) per year.
Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would cost an estimated 1.3 jobs but would also lift more workers above the poverty line, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates in a report released Monday. read more
United Nations:Citing 66 deaths during protests between January and May 2019, of which 52 were attributable to Government security forces, or pro-Government armed civilian groups known as "colectivos", OHCHR maintains that, as of 31 May 2019, 793 people remained in arbitrary detention, including 58 women. "They contributed to the deteriorating situation by exercising social control and helping repress demonstrations," the OHCHR report says of the paramilitary groups. Allegations of extrajudicial killings by security forces have been "shockingly high", the report continues, citing the involvement of Government so-called Special Action Forces (FAES). In 2018, the Government registered 5,287 killings, purportedly for "resistance to authority" during operations, the report continues, adding that between 1 January and 19 May this year, another 1,569 people were killed, according to Government figures. Turning to the country's political crisis, the report notes that, so far this year, 22 deputies of the National Assembly have been stripped of their parliamentary immunity, as well as to the forum's leader, Mr. Guaido. read more
It took African countries four years to agree to a free-trade deal in March. The trade zone will unite 1.3 billion people, create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc and usher in a new era of development across the continent. ... The AfCFTA is the largest trade bloc since the creation of the World Trade Organization in 1994. read more