International Round up

Brazilian Amazon rain forest

By Alejandro Basterrechea

Amazon rain-forest illegal mining becoming an epidemic

A map released by campaigners has shown the scale of pollution and damage to the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil.  The problem is caused by miners looking for gold and other precious minerals. Significant amounts of mercury are used in mineral extraction that contaminates water supplies.

The map can be seen on the organisations website RAISG.

Nissan chairman accused of financial misconduct

Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan chairman, has been charged with financial misconduct by Japanese prosecutors. He has been accused of under-reporting his pay package over a 5 year period and re-arrested.

British backpacker body found in New Zealand

A body believed to be that of Grace Millane, a 22-year-old  British backpacker, who disappeared last week, has been found.

The body was found in the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland on Sunday.

Police arrested a 26-year-old man who has been charged with murder.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologised to the family of Grace Millane, saying that the Brit should have been safe in New Zealand.

French President to meet “yellow-vest” protesters

Emmanuel Macron will meet with protesters to hear their demands ahead of a TV address in which he is expect to announce measures aimed at easing the tension which has seen weeks of riots across the country.

Over 130,000 people have taken to the streets to protest proposed fuel tax rises, rising living costs, and the overall weakness of the the French economy.