10) France has banned all pesticides as of 2020 in an effort to help the bee population, which effects long term food production.
9) While the outgoing military in Myanmar wrote a clause into the constitution preventing Aung San Suu Kyi, former political prisoner and Nobel laureate, from becoming Prime Minister (due to her sons having British passports), she is moving ahead with running the government by proxy. Friend, Htin Kyaw, was sworn in as the first President in 50 years.
8) The Crop Trust has called for a better saving of wild seeds and cuttings due to the lack of biodiversity in our food source.
7) Doctors Without Borders shuts down work in Greece due to outrage with the EU's newly announced deal for refugees. According to the new deal, refugees who land in Greece will be shipped to Turkey. Turkey in return will receive €6 billion in aid from the EU.
6) Hvalur hf, the only whaler in Iceland, announced they will not be whaling this year the endangered fin whale. The news comes on the heals with the company's export issues with Japan.
5) Members of the U.S. women's soccer (football) team has filed a gender discrimination suit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The women's complaints point to pay that is half that of their male counterparts.
4) Scientists in Japan have successfully grown skin from stem cells in mice. Although not quite ready for human use, the technology could be vital to burn victims within the next decade.
3) Pennsylvania joins more than 20 other states permitting medical marijuana. Doctors will be permitted to provide prescriptions for marijuana in oil, pill and liquid form.
2) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will work to shift retirement from 67 back to 65. While the age of 67 was instituted during former Prime Minister Stephen Harper's time in office, it was not set to go in effect until 2023. Trudeau hopes to avoid the change, thereby enabling Old Age Security to remain helping those who turn 65.
1) A Mumbai high court has ruled that women have the right to enter temples in India, including "male only" sanctuaries. Despite the ruling, protesters outside of a temple in Shani Singhnapur, Maharashtra, have been blocking the entrance in protest. The protesters comprise of both men and women blocking Bhumata Ranragini Brigade who seek freedom of prayer.