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World in brief: November 7, 2023

PORTUGAL: Prime Minister Antonio Costa resigned today after being caught in a widespread corruption probe.

Mr Costa said in a nationally televised address that “in these circumstances, obviously, I have presented my resignation to the president of the republic.”

Portuguese police have also arrested a number of his top aides including Mr Costa’s chief of staff Vitor Escaria, while raiding several public buildings.

UNITED STATES: Exonerated Central Park Five member Yusef Salaam, a Democrat, was poised to win a seat on the New York City Council today.

The victory will come more than two decades after DNA evidence was used to overturn the convictions of Mr Salaam and four other black and Latino men in the 1989 rape and beating of a white jogger in Central Park. Mr Salaam was imprisoned for almost seven years.

BANGLADESH: Authorities announced a new salary structure today for garment factory workers with a 56 per cent increase in the monthly minimum wage to £91 from the previous £60.

State Minister for Labour and Employment Monnujan Sufian said the new pay structure will take effect December 1.

UKRAINE: A top aide to the commander of Ukraine’s military was killed by a grenade given to him as a birthday gift and not in a targeted attack, the interior minister said.

Major Hennadii Chastiakov was allegedly showing off the grenades to his family at home when his teenage son took one and began twisting the ring.

He is believed to have taken the grenade from the child and pulled the ring, leading to the explosion.


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