Rousseff’s impeachment trial opens in Brazil: In a move expected to remove her from office in a matter of days, Brazil’s Federal Senate opened an impeachment trial against suspended President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday.
Charged with fiscal mismanagement and public corruption, Rousseff is expected to testify on Monday.
54 of 81 Brazilian senators are needed to removed Rousseff from office; 52 are known to support her removal.
Kim re-nominated to World Bank post: The White House announced Thursday its intent to re-nominate Jim Yong Kim for a second term as president of the World Bank.
The former Harvard medical school lecturer and Dartmouth University president has led the World Bank since 2012.
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew praised Kim for his devotion to addressing climate change, poverty and global inequality. Kim’s tenure has been marked by confronting the Zika crisis and Syrian refugees.
American University in Kabul attacked: Two gunmen stormed the compound at the American University in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday morning, killing 13 and injuring 36.
No Americans were reported killed.
The attack began early Thursday with two armed men breached outer security of the university and sprayed gunfire once inside the buildings. Afghani officials said over 700 had been rescued. One guard was reported dead.
Norway builds fence on border with Russia: Following over 5,500 migrants entering Norway from a distant border checkpoint on the Norwegian-Russian border in 2015, Norwegian officials have determined to build a fence to enhance security.
A majority of migrants who entered Norway at the Storskog border checkpoint were Syrian.
Deputy Justice Minister Ove Vanebo told Reuters the new barrier is a “responsible measure.”
Ceasefire in Philippines: After a truce signed in Oslo last week, the Philippine government and Maoist guerrillas have agreed to a ceasefire which will end close to 50 years of incessant fighting.
Talks to end decades of violence have occurred since 1986; the Norwegian government has played an active hand in securing a resolution since 2000.
Exiled Maoist leader Jose Maria Sison praised the ceasefire saying the agreement offers a clear path to peace negotiations.
New Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, had vowed to focus on bringing peace to the Philippines through negotiations with both Maoist rebels and Islamist terrorists.
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