Over Easy: Around the World
Welcome to Thursday’s Over Easy, a continuation of Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner and its tradition of giving an overview of news our everyday media doesn’t cover, issues that we ought to consider outside the U.S. scene.
The drive that gave ISIS control of Ramadi showed evidence of Iraqi police deserting their posts during the fighting, occasioning the replacement of Anbar province’s police chief.
ISIS on Sunday took full control of the Anbar provincial capital following a three-day blitz that ended with a chaotic retreat of government forces.
The Iraqi cabinet said Tuesday that while those who fought bravely to defend Ramadi should be honoured, it would severely punish “recalcitrants”.
Early tools found in Kenya from the shores of Lake Turkana date back 3.3 million years and originated before the earliest species of hominids.
They are 700,000 years older than any tools found before, even pre-dating the earliest humans in the Homo genus.
The find, reported in Nature, suggests that more ancient species, such asAustralopithecus afarensis or Kenyanthropus platyops, may have been more sophisticated than was thought.
“They are significantly earlier than anything that has been found previously,” said Dr Nick Taylor, from the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) in France and the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
Five banks that constitute the largest of the world’s banks will pay $5.7 Billion in fines for misadministration that hurt the financial picture of its customers and manipulated benchmark interest rates.
Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, JPMorgan, UBS and Citigroup were hit with penalties from UK and US authorities Wednesday.
Four of them agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges for rigging benchmark interest rates, the US Department of Justice said.
All the banks have agreed to a three-year period of corporate probation, which, if approved by the court, will be overseen by the court and require regular reporting to authorities as well as cessation of all criminal activity.