World news digest

World news digest of February 9, 2022

Some news around the world, in short:

  • Iran unveiled a new domestically-made missile with a range of 1,450 kilometers, state TV reported, a day after Tehran and Washington resumed indirect talks to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal.
  • South Africa‘s government announced the minimum wage would increase by 6.9% from March 1.
  • Swiss and British universities launched a campaign to join Horizon Europe, the EU research framework, and call for a scientific collaboration that is for now blocked by political divisions. Since May 2021 for Switzerland and since Brexit for the UK, the countries are not part of Horizon Europe.
  • Italy‘s lower chamber removed an amendment in an Agriculture protection act that was supposed to make biodynamic agriculture equivalent to sustainable agriculture. The equivalence was added in the first lecture in Senate and triggered criticism in the scientific community.
  • In Romania, a bill proposes to ban the live broadcast and recording of Parliament sessions. The Minister of Energy was assaulted while giving a speech. Six non-profits signed a public letter considering the law would restrict access to information and freedom of speech.
  • Politico published a leaked memo showing that the United Kingdom would need to allow hormone-treated beef if it wants to be included in a trade Trans-Pacific Partnership that includes countries like Canada, Japan or Australia.
  • The European Commission is taking Sweden to the European Court of Justice for not having introduced appropriate gun control regulations.
  • Nigeria‘s federal government confirmed adulterated fuel was discovered in the supply chain, which forced them to withdraw it from the market, creating a shortage of oil.

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