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.

How Hong Kong Changed After China Took Control

When China received Hong Kong from the British government in 1997, the Communist government agreed to let the city have considerable political autonomy. 

It was called “one country, two systems.” Beijing said this structure would last for 50 years.

A new national security law was imposed in 2020 that gave the Chinese government broad powers to silence dissenters and punish critics. It’s a change that will alter life for those who live in the city for good unless those freedoms are restored. 

The Concept Hasn’t Worked as Expected

When China adopted the idea of “one country, two systems,” the goal was to bring the territories it lost over the years back into the country’s fold. Portugal returned Macau, Great Britain sent back Hong Kong, and there was an internal hope that Taiwan would also return.

Since Taiwan continues to be independent with global support to stay that way, China looks to change the dynamics of its promises. By stamping out capitalism, the argument that a more mixed economy is better can potentially disappear.

Beijing maintains the authority to interpret Hong Kong’s Basic Law, which is a power the government rarely used until recent years. Although Communist officials don’t preside over the city as they do the other municipalities and mainland provinces, the shift in attitude is profound. 

Since the handover, there have been no free votes for the chief executive that leads Hong Kong’s government. In 2017, only candidates vetted by a Beijing nominating committee were allowed to run.

The risks that Hong Kong faces are many right now. China seems committed to a path of bringing the city into Beijing’s governing structure. Only time will tell what that means for its residents.

The Market for Chinese Tractor Parts in the US

The majority of used tractors in the US and around the world originate from China. Because American farmers cannot get their hands on new or domestically manufactured parts, they are forced to buy them online, directly from China.

For years now, Chinese tractor companies have been investing more into modernizing their production lines in order to meet the demands for parts. Some companies now produce American-style brands such as Farm Pro and John Deere. However, there is still a large market in selling imported Chinese parts to American buyers because of the quality and price difference.

This demand is met by a thriving Chinese parts business, run mainly from Beijing. The parts are transported to America mainly by sea containers, which means that the cargo ships have to sail for about 30 days across the Pacific Ocean until they arrive at their destination.

“There is basically no other way than sending them via sea because air freight is extremely expensive,” says Liu Yongjing of Beijing-based company Sino-Agri Trade.

“It is easy for me to sell tons of products to American buyers, but it’s really impossible for me do the same in China because of the tight competition here,” he adds.

The fact that Chinese-made parts can be sold much more easily in America than domestically is a result of the high tariffs imposed on foreign parts by federal authorities. For more specialized tractor manufacturers, like Jimna tractor parts, often need to be ordered directly in the US.

On one hand, American farmers benefit from this because they gain access to cheaper parts. However, the Chinese companies that produce these parts suffer as a result of the low demand at home and the loss of potential revenue.

“We set up our factory in America instead of exporting parts to China because it is much more profitable for us,” says Jack, a manager from Munich Machinery, an American company that manufactures giant bulldozers. “There are many factories here in the US that manufacture small tractors, so we can provide customers with after-sale services. We can even sell our spare parts to American buyers.”

“We are still expanding our business in the US because that is where the money is,” adds Jack, who asked not to be identified by his real name. “But it’s really hard for us to find distributors in China due to the fierce competition.”

The lack of demand for Chinese parts in the domestic market, the high tariff on foreign parts, and the popularity of expensive American tractors are all major factors that help to shape China’s tractor industry. I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

France Fines Google for Ad Dominance

France levied a massive fine against Google for “abusing its dominance in the online advertising market.” The settlement, which is a total of £189 million, comes as French competition regulators work to rebalance the relationship between digital publishers and tech giants.

The French competition authority found that Google unfairly favored its tools for buying and selling online advertising over its rivals.

It is the first time that Google and its parent company, Alphabet, have agreed to make changes to its practices from the outcome of an investigation.

Google Used Its Integrated Business Model to Its Advantage

Google said that it would make changes to Ad Manager as a result of the settlement. Large publishers use this platform to handle their buying and selling activities for online advertising and marketing.

Another change involves the AdX exchange, which is where Google auctions online ad space. According to French authorities, Ad Manager shared price information from rival providers to give AdX an unfair advantage.

The decision is expected to open more doors for publishers who feel that Google’s dominance has disadvantaged them over the years. This investigation proves that it is possible to seek damages from this behavior.

A complaint from News Corp in 2019 is what started the initial investigation. In February of this year, the organization struck a deal with Google on a global news deal through an exclusive commercial agreement.

This incident isn’t the first time Google breached European advertising rules. The company has been fined over £5 billion since 2017.

FBI Uses Smartphone App in Global Raid on Organized Crime

An encrypted app that criminals have been using since 2018 was supposed to be the most impenetrable communication tool available. It was seen as a safe place to plot activities, manage illicit drugs, or even talk about murder without law enforcement getting involved.

It turns out that the ANoM app, which is a black-market only product accessible on prepared mobile devices, was being covertly monitored by Australia’s Federal Police (AFP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for almost the entire time.

Australia announced that the intelligence gathered from the messages sent across the app led to over 220 arrests and more than 500 charges. The AFP seizes 3.7 metric tons of illicit drugs and about $35 million in cash during that time. Most of the individuals have links to the Italian mafia, Asian crime syndicates, and even motorcycle gangs.

The FBI Got the App from Its Developer

According to court documents released by the United States, the ANoM app was given to FBI agents in the San Diego office by the developer who made it. Officials haven’t released the person’s identity, but they did state that the individual was helping with ongoing investigations in return for a reduced sentence.

The top five countries where the app was used were Germany, Spain, Australia, Serbia, and the Netherlands.

People using the ANoM app were so confident in its security that they didn’t use pseudonyms or codes when communicating with others. Their brazen conversations would become the foundation for many of the charges levied as officials took down the organized crime network.

Over the three years the investigation was active, over 9,000 police officers in 18 different countries helped maintain the operation. Numerous news sites can help you to stay in touch with investigations like this.