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 a Agriculture protection act that was supposed to make biodynamic agriculture equivalent to sustainable agriculture. The equivalence was added in 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 regulation.
  • Nigeria‘s federal government confirmed adulterated fuel was discovered in the supply chain, which forced them to withdraw it from the market, creating shortage of oil.

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