Chile’s Congress Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

It is a fact that several countries in Latin America allow same-sex marriages at present such as Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Costa Rica, certain parts of Mexico, and Chile.

The Congress of Chile cast its vote a couple of months earlier for sanctioning a bill that legalized same-sex marriage and helped it to become a law. The bill was passed by the lower house of Congress known as the Chamber of Deputies with as many as 80 votes in favor, 2 abstentions, and 20 against. Chile’s Senate had already endorsed this bill. 

It was Michelle Bachelet, the socialist President, who first presented the motion in the year 2017. However, it had been stalled in Congress until Sebastian Piñera, the present President, extended his support.

Being a conservative, right-wing politician, Piñera announced some time earlier that he had full support for marriage equality. Now, we can expect him to sign the bill so that it becomes a law. According to the President, he is of the notion that it is the right time for equal marriage in Chile. This will help the people to form a family and lead an adorable lifestyle without discriminating by sexual orientation while enjoying the respect as well as protection rightly deserved by them. 

Here, we like to mention that soon Piñera has to step down from the post of President since his term is coming to an end. 

The news is that with the legalization of same-sex marriage, it will be possible for sex-sex couples to enjoy equal rights, for example, the right to adopt kids. 

World’s Second Tallest Building Set to Open in Malaysia

The 2nd tallest skyscraper on the planet is on the verge of completion and this will be done later this year. This particular structure, which is known as Merdeka 118 and situated in Kuala Lumpur, reaches a height of 678.9 meters which has gone past the previous 2nd highest skyscraper in the world named Shanghai Tower in China. While the Burj Khalifa located in Dubai has a height of 828 meters that of Shanghai Tower is 632 meters.

Constructed on the Merdeka site, where the country’s independence was announced in the year 1957, this establishment has 118 stories in total. Merdeka 118 houses a hotel as well as offices, along with a restaurant plus a dual-level observation deck. It can be considered to be the tallest skyscraper in Southeast Asia right now.

According to Fender Katsalidis, the exterior design of this building has been modeled on some triangular shapes that we find in conventional Malaysian crafts and arts. Moreover, the theme’s elements have also been employed in the interiors.

The description asserts that there is a lower lobby at one end for hotel access while one will also come across an upper lobby intended for the retail and offices at the opposite end.

The construction of this establishment in Malaysia has been delayed by approximately 6 months due to the pandemic situation right now. There is a budget of approximately 5 billion Malaysian ringgits on this project as well which is roughly about $1.1 billion.

According to Fender Katsalidis, they are extremely happy due to their contributions to the assessment of the structure, which happens to be amongst the most culturally significant locations in the country.

Dogs Trained to Detect COVID-19 Deployed Globally

Canines have a unique ability to detect the odors of COVID-19 when the virus is active. Dogs from Austria to Britain to Thailand have been deployed to detect its presence, delivering an extra safety line for border entry, large events, and other group activities.

Airports in Chile and Finland were the first to deploy dogs as a screening tool against COVID in 2020.

According to Austrian authorities who have trained at least two dogs to detect COVID, the success rate is far above 80%

It Takes About Three Months to Train Dogs to Detect COVID

When a dog is already trained to sniff out substances, it only takes about two weeks for trainers to help them recognize the presence of COVID.

It then takes another three months for them to be fully trained to detect its presence in masks, clothing, or other items.

Most countries don’t have specific plans to deploy canines trained to detect COVID-19, but there is global support to help those who want this defense line.

Dogs have a remarkable capability of picking up the volatile compounds that different infections cause in the human body. Their sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than what humans have, which is why detecting the coronavirus is possible.

As the proof of concept work continues, you can expect to see more COVID-sniffing dogs at schools, airports, and public venues. Although the detection rate isn’t as high as some rapid antigen tests, it’s still a helpful tool to help us end this pandemic once and for all. 

Xi Jinping Looks to Expand Redistribution of Wealth

Almost every economic structure in the world today takes a mixed approach. That means a balance of capitalism and socialism is incorporated into our daily decisions.

The United States leans more toward the capitalism side of the equation. Although wealth redistribution isn’t a formal policy, communities charge taxes for things like public schools and infrastructure that everyone uses.

In China, the pendulum swings more to the socialism side of a mixed economy. That’s because communism is the primary emphasis in most areas, although some special districts have different rules that get followed. 

President Xi Jinping put the country on notice in 2021 that wealth redistribution for common prosperity was on the table. It seems that effort is getting a new push today. 

The Ruling Party Wants to Eliminate Poverty

China has often led the world in economic growth because of its emphasis on socialism in its mixed economy. That’s because most workers don’t earn competitive wages compared to the rest of the industrialized world.

In 2021, the wealthiest 20% of Chinese citizens earned more than ten times the poorest 20%. That figure hasn’t moved since 2015. 

The ruling party wants to reduce poverty in China’s most rural areas. Although some programs have helped achieve that goal, Jinping wants the wealthy to do more. By cracking down on the technology industry and reducing the emphasis on celebrity culture, several billionaires are on notice that the government wants what is in their accounts. 

Although no idea is off the table, the two primary efforts to create wealth redistribution are through property and inheritance taxes. In a nation already stressed by COVID concerns, these economics stresses must seem insurmountable. You can track this redistribution effort through your favorite news sites.

DNA Evidence Reveals Identity of Paris Serial Killer

For several decades, a notorious serial killer in Paris was haunting the city’s crime squad. This person’s raping and murdering spree from 1986 to 1994 shocked the community, but they remained unsolved until this year.

A former military police officer confessed to being the serial killer right before his death. DNA matching proved that he was indeed present at several crime scenes.

Although all the crimes were shocking, the most disturbing attributed to him was the murder of an 11-year-old child. Her family reported her missing after she failed to show up at her school in 1986.

A lawyer representing the affected families lamented that we’ll probably never know the true extent of the man’s crimes. The killer’s death leaves many unanswered questions. 

The Serial Killer Committed Suicide

An investigator sent letters to 750 military police stationed in Paris during the time of the killing spree. After a potential identification, the man was summoned by police in September to give a DNA sample. His wife reported him missing just three days later.

The 59-year-old was discovered dead in a rented flat along the Mediterranean coast. A suicide note was found there with him, with the DNA collected from the scene matching the evidence taken at several crimes.

In two rapes of children, the man even identified himself as a police officer. That led investigators to believe that one of their own could be committing the crimes.

Now that the killer’s identity is confirmed, lawyers want additional unsolved cases reopened to retest any collected DNA from that era. 

Venezuela Subtracts Six Zeros from Currency to Control Inflation

Venezuela has dealt with record levels of inflation for several years. It has been such a significant problem in this South American nation that the year-over-year rate from 2020 to 2021 reached 1743%. 


That means a minimum wage salary in the country right now has a value of about $2.50 per month. Most retailers are accepting American currency instead because it delivers better results for them.

In an effort to curb this problem, the Venezuelan government announced its second monetary overhaul in three years. It’s removing six zeros from the bolivar currency to simplify the accounting. 

In 2018, the Government Removed Five Zeros from Its Currency

It’s the third time that Venezuela has removed multiple zeros from their currency in a bid to stop inflation. With the six eliminated this year, that means a total of 14 will have been taken away in the past decade.

Venezuela used to be a prosperous OPEC nation. The socialist government blames American sanctions for the problems, but it is more about interventionist macroeconomics and poorly planned social spending at a time when oil prices tanked. 

The actual value remains the same with the removal of six zeros. Since most shoppers use dollars in cash for purposes, most people say they won’t be affected by the change.

Until the economic imbalances of the country get fixed, this action might need to be retaken soon. The acute problems and this single change have virtually no impact on the nation’s macroeconomics. Keep an eye on the top news sites for updates.

America Ends War in Afghanistan

The United States invaded Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in 2001. A fourth plane, likely intended to strike Capitol Hill, was crashed with the help of passengers before it could reach its target.

In 2021, the United States ended the war with Afghanistan. The Taliban quickly took over the government after the troop withdrawal, forcing escaping civilians and military personnel to guard the Kabul airport until everyone could leave. 

The United States evacuated over 120,000 people while getting out of the country.

13 Service Members Were Killed in the Withdrawal

During the final week of the withdrawal phase, terrorists from ISIS-K were responsible for killing 13 U.S. service members. Dozens of Afghan civilians trying to escape the country were also murdered by this act. 

The last C-17 military aircraft departed the airport on August 30, completing the evacuation effort.

President Biden said that anyone who wanted to get out of the country would be allowed to do so, but it turned out to be a somewhat empty promise. Hundreds of American citizens, including an educational team, were left stranded. 

In the month after the evacuation, another 85 people were helped to leave the country through airlifts or land borders, with another 100 still seeking evacuation. 

Antony Blinken, who serves as the Biden administration’s Secretary of State, blames the Trump administration for the withdrawal. “We inherited a deadline,” he said. “We did not inherit a plan.”

Although mixed feelings exist regarding the exit after two decades of fighting, the costs of staying in Afghanistan can now be directed toward other needs, such as internal infrastructure. There are numerous news sites you can consult to stay informed on further developments. 

North Korea Rejects COVID Shots from China

North Korea doesn’t record cases of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean the disease hasn’t affected the country or its economy. The secretive nation has also had strict anti-virus measures in place since the beginning of the pandemic, closing its borders in January 2020.

The country recently asked that nearly three million Sinovac shots offered under China’s development program be redirected to other nations. This Chinese-made vaccine was provided under a program that helps poorer countries get what they need to keep people safe.

It isn’t the first time that North Korea has rejected COVID shots. It also turned down two million doses of the AstraZeneca shot under concerns of potential side effects. Russia has even offered its Sputnik vaccine multiple times without success. 

How to Handle a Potential COVID Infection

If you suspect that your physical symptoms are related to COVID-19, the first step to take is to get tested. The results can let you know if you’ve caught this virus.

When you don’t have any symptoms, the best thing you can do is to take care of your immune system. That means your body needs some vitamin D, and the best place to get it is by exposing your skin to the sun.

A healthy immune system requires nutrients from our diet. When you’re unable to get this need met from eating alone, products from brands like Core Med Science can be helpful. You could take Liposomal Vitamin C or Liposomal Glutathione for that extra support. 

As a final step, consider washing your hands frequently or using safe sanitizing products.

Haiti Presidential Assassination Stirs International Attention

Gunmen killed Jovenel Moise in his home on July 7, 2021. The attack wounded his wife when it was carried out around 1 AM.

According to reports, the gunmen first tied up the housekeeping staff and the Presidential guards. Once they got to the President, they shot him a dozen times with high-caliber bullets, including one directly into the forehead.

Investigators report that the assailants even gouged out one of the President’s eyes. The first lady was flown to Florida for treatment and recovery, but she returned to Haiti ten days later.

It has become an international story because over 30 people in Haiti, Colombia, and the United States are implicated in the conspiracy to assassinate Moise. 

International Officials Suspect Drug Networks

The original explanation for the assassination was an elaborate plot to seize office. As international investigators dug into the case, even that story doesn’t add up. The true motive might not ever be uncovered.

What we do know is that Haiti serves as a significant transit point for illegal substance movement into the United States. 

Current and former officials discovered that one of the Presidential guards was heavily involved in trafficking behavior. The DEA in the United States reported that Dimitri Herard was suspected of removing up to thousands of pounds of heroin and cocaine only hours before law enforcement was set to seize them. 

Haiti is a nation in turmoil. The people detained or arrested in Moise’s death met several months before the killing to discuss rebuilding the country once he was out of power.

Could one of the Presidential guards be responsible for the assassination because of drugs? Further investigation is necessary to determine if that would be the case. 

Historic Wildfires Continue Raging in Turkey

When we look back at 2020, we’ll think about the start of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2021, we may remember it for all the wildfires that occurred.

Forest fires raged throughout the Mediterranean during the summer, burning fiercely enough in some areas where entire areas were lost. Numerous firefighters gave their lives to prevent its further spread, and thousands have lost homes. 

Scientists have even found that breathing in the smoke from wildfires adds susceptibility to Covid infections.

Over 200 Wildfires Started in Turkey

The 2021 Turkey wildfires saw a series of over 200 events that would eventually burn more than 1,700 square kilometers of forested land. It would be the worst season in the country’s history, with the first fires beginning in Manavgat on July 28.

Since the 1940s, the number of reported fires in the Mediterranean has increased from about 1,000 per year to over 3,500 annually. With warmer and drier conditions becoming frequent, Turkey expects to see more droughts and longer fire seasons.

The season has been made more difficult because of how fast the fires move. In the first week alone, over 160,000 acres fell victim to these events.

Although rare summer rains in Antalya helped calm some of the problems, firefighters were active throughout August to prevent more structures from burning. 

If there is any good news from the historic wildfires in Turkey, almost all the burnt forests are Turkish pine. It typically regrows naturally, which means these areas can eventually return to their former glory. Numerous news sites are tracking developments.