U.S. Welcomes 10,000 Syrian Refugees, Brazilian President Defends Impeachment


Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Defends Record at Impeachment Trial-BBC News

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been accused of illegally moving funds between government budgets and using this money to prevent deficits in social programs. As a result, the Brazilian Senate will vote later this week whether to impeach her from her Presidential role. In order for Rousseff to be permanently removed as president, 54 of the 81 senators have to vote to have her impeached. “I can’t help but taste the bitterness of injustice,” Rousseff said at her trial.

White House to Reach Goal of Taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees-CBS News

The White house will reach its goal of taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. a month ahead of schedule. Last year, President Obama announced that the U.S. would welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. at the end of the fiscal year. This goal was achieved ahead of schedule due to a large number of State Department and Homeland Security officials going to the Middle East to help process applications. “Today, I am pleased to announce that we will meet this goal more than a month ahead of schedule. Our 10,000th Syrian refugee will arrive this afternoon,” National Security Adviser, Susan Rice said.

Singapore Says It Expects More Zika Cases-NY Times

Singapore’s Health Ministry confirmed 56 cases of Zika with at least 36 people infected being foreign workers from a construction site in eastern Singapore. Consequently, the Singapore government has inspected 3,6000 sites in the eastern part of the city for mosquito breeding sites. Experts believe the virus has been in Asia for many years but not detected due to its similarity to mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever found in the region. “In the same way that dengue still spreads in Singapore despite dengue control, I will expect more instances of Zika,” Professor and Deputy Director of the Emerging Infectious Disease Program at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, Ooi Eng Eong said.