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Photo courtesy of USA Today

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

JOURNALIST FACES DANGER IN MEXICO

Mexican crime reporter Francisco Romero was murdered on May 16, the fifth journalist to be killed this year in one of the deadliest countries for reporters. He was shot in Playa del Carmen near the Caribbean Sea, according to Al Jazeera Media. Prior to his death, he was under a federal protection plan for journalists while working at the newspaper Quintana Roo Hoy and operating the Occurio Aqui (It Happened Here) Facebook news page.

U.S. CHINA TRADE WAR INTENSIFIES

After the U.S. announced that it would raise the tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent starting May 10, China said it would increase tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods starting June 1 in response.

TRASH PILES UP ON TROPICAL BEACHES

At least 260 tons of trash washed up onto the Cocos Keeling Islands beaches, located 1,000 miles northwest of Australia. Around 373,000 toothbrushes and 977,000 shoes were found in the trash, according to University of Tasmania marine biologist Jennifer Lavers.

FRENCH DOCTOR ACCUSED OF KILLING NINE

French anesthesiologist Frederic Pechier is accused of poisoning 24 patients within a decade, nine of whom have died. The accusations began in 2017 when seven of his patients were allegedly poisoned, but the number increased to an additional 17 on May 16. He worked at two private clinics in the eastern French city of Besancon.

CRISIS AFTER CRISIS FOR NORTH KOREA

North Korea revealed that it is suffering its worst drought in 37 years. The news comes after the UN disclosed that an estimated 10 million North Koreans are facing severe food shortages due to a bad harvest. South Korea announced that it will provide $8 million in humanitarian aid.