Sep 3, 2019

South Africa's president condemns xenophobic riots in Johannesburg

A foreign shop owner checks the damages to his looted store in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday. Photo: Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday condemned recent attacks on foreign-owned businesses in the country, after rioters this week looted and destroyed more than 50 shops owned by people from other African countries

Why it matters: The riots occurred days before South Africa is slated to host political and business leaders from across the continent in Cape Town for the 28th World Economic Forum on Africa, beginning Sept. 4. "There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries," Ramaphosa said in a statement.

  • Police arrested at least 189 people in Johannesburg on Sept. 2, according to the New York Times. At least 5 died in the riots.

Context: A rising sense of hostility toward foreigners has been the source of similar xenophobic attacks this year. Many South Africans blame foreigners for the country's unemployment rate, which the BBC reports is nearly 28%. In 2008, xenophobic rioters killed at least 60 people and forced 50,000 from their homes, per Bloomberg.

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Global child mortality rate continues decline

Children play with kites in a waste area in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sept. 15, 2019. Photo: Syed Mahamudur Rahman/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Every 5 seconds a child under 15 years old died in 2018, mostly from preventable causes, according to the latest mortality trends report from 2 UN agencies.

The big picture: UNICEF and the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UNIGME) found the total number of deaths among children and adolescents under 15 years old has dropped by 56% since 1990 — from about 14.2 million to 6.2 million in 2018. Causes of death include treatable infectious diseases, nutritional causes, drowning, burns and injuries.

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Polls show Biden dominating in South Carolina but neck and neck in Nevada

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is dominating the Democratic field in South Carolina but is neck and neck with Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in Nevada, according to 2 new CNN polls.

Why it matters: South Carolina and Nevada are key early states, with primaries scheduled for late February after Iowa and New Hampshire. Biden's strong standing in South Carolina is largely the result of support from black voters, 45% of whom back the former vice president. The Nevada poll shows a tighter race with the 2 progressive senators chasing at Biden's heels.

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Typhoon Faxai lashes Tokyo: Storm cuts power to nearly 1M homes

Typhoon Faxai's impact in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture on Sunday. Photo: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images

Typhoon Faxai killed at least 1 person, caused power cuts to 910,000 Tokyo-area homes, over 130 flights to be cancelled and train lines to close after it made landfall near Japan's capital on Sunday, the BBC reports.

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