Japan’s Abe gains in snap elections: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed victory in snap elections on Sunday, Oct. 22, which expanded Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) control over the Diet handed him a mandate to strengthen his stance on North Korea.
Abe’s LDP swept up enough seats to increase its majority in the lower house of the Diet to 311 in the 465-seat parliament. Mr. Abe is expected to advance amendments to the Japanese constitution, institute a consumption tax and deter an aggressive North Korea.
Mr. Abe is also expected to announce his intention to seek another term as prime minister in the coming weeks.
American in service of ISIS sentenced to 20 years: A Virginia man who fled the U.S. to join ISIS in 2015 was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on Friday. Mohamad Jamal Khweis, a former bus driver from Alexandria, Va., was convicted for providing material support for the militant group.
Khweis had agreed to become a suicide bomber for the jihadist group and admitted he had trained with another American ISIS member whose task had been to carry out an attack on U.S. soil.
Kweis was captured by Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq in March and was turned over to American officials.
Two Italian administrative regions vote for more autonomy: Amid the turmoil in the Spanish region of Catalonia, election returns from two Italian administrative regions, Lombardy and Veneto, have revealed vast support for expanded self-determination apart from Rome.
In non-binding referendums, both regions voted overwhelmingly to secure mandates to demand a greater share of tax share returned to the region from Rome. Milan, the economic nerve center of Italy, is located in Lombardy and boasts 20 percent of the Italian GDP. Veneto, a region which includes Venice, relies heavily on tourist attraction Venice for revenue.
Both regions are led by the Lega Nord party, which has consistently advocated for greater autonomy from Rome.
Migrant prostitution ring exposed in Germany: German public broadcasting outlet ZDF has revealed chilling details surrounding a prostitution ring run by the very security guards tasked with protecting migrants at refugee centers.
According to reports, migrants reaching German temporary shelters are being recruited to serve as prostitutes and can earn up to €40 ($24) for a “referral.” Working undercover, ZDF journalists have exposed the ring specifically targets refugees under the age of 20.
Berlin’s Department for Integration, Labor and Social Affairs is investigating the matter.
Humanitarian crisis nears in Democratic Republic of the Congo: David Beasley, the Executive Director of the U.N. World Food Program, has told the BBC nearly 3 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo face starvation if aid does not arrive in the region.
Torn by armed insurrection stemming from Kamwina Nsapu militia fighting state security forces, Beasley has said less than one percent of funding to meet needs were on hand.
Beasley also stated the forces of nature as well as the armed conflict are of paramount reasons for aid not reaching those in greatest need.
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