Reuters Newly elected lawmakers of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's political party Servant of the People attend classes at a boot camp in Truskavets, Ukraine July 29. Loading... August 20, 2019 By the Monitor's Editorial Board Long one of the world’s most corrupt countries, Ukraine received startling news last week. The economy grew 4.6% last quarter. It was the second-fastest rate in Europe. One possible reason for the growth spurt is that many reforms begun after a 2014 pro-democracy revolution are kicking in.In addition, an election in April saw an anti-corruption crusader, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, become president. His party also took over parliament in a July election. He vows radical change from the top, focused on an overhaul of courts, law enforcement, and Ukraine’s spy agency to prevent them from frequent shakedowns of businesses.Yet one type of reform stands out in its ability to improve Ukraine’s investment climate. … [Read more...] about Sunshine on a shakedown culture
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis is meeting with President Trump at the White House Tuesday to discuss defense and energy, among other topics. The visit comes 30 years after the fall of communism in Romania and on the 15th anniversary of Romania's membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. … [Read more...] about Romanian president visits Trump at White House — live stream
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If you watch TV at all, you've probably come across some shows with main characters that you actually think suck. For example, maybe you hate Piper Chapman from Orange Is the New Black because you think she's incredibly selfish and snobbish. Or maybe you despise Archie Andrews from Riverdale because you think he's constantly making dumb choices and jumping from girl to girl like it's hopscotch. Or perhaps you were very annoyed by Jane Villanueva from Jane the Virgin because you think that she's too controlling and so optimistic that it's corny. Whoever it is, tell us the main character that you absolutely hate and why! Give us all the reasons and moments from the show that made you hate that character. You could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post or video! … [Read more...] about Which TV Main Character Do You Hate?
Mexico City announced a major seizure of more than 34 tons of precursor chemicals and methamphetamine during a weekend raid in Michoacán. The Federal Attorney General’s Office (FGR) announced the seizure, which consisted of 34 tons and approximately 12,403 gallons of precursor chemicals and methamphetamine in solid and liquid forms. The Federal Attorney General’s Office did not release a breakdown of specific substances discovered, nor the location in the state. Michoacán’s coastline provides valuable seaports for outbound product smuggling and incoming precursor loads. The chemicals were believed destined for major meth labs throughout the region. The FGR announced that expert evidence personnel took responsibility for identifying, counting, weighing, sampling, documenting, and disabling the seized product—in addition to hazardous material cleanup tasks. The substances were transferred to a company in Mexico state that specializes in hazmat … [Read more...] about 34 Tons of Meth, Ingredients Seized in Western Mexico