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The public has grown distrustful of the political class widely considered corrupt and steeped in personal rivalries. Taxes, utility bills, and prices have increased in recent years while income has stagnated.
An ebola outbreak in Congo was declared a global health emergency on July 17 after 1,600 deaths since August 2018. The closing of Congolese borders, however, could lead to economic problems in the future.
A fire at Kyoto Animation, a popular Japanese anime studio, has left 33 dead and 36 injured, some critically. Anime fans around the world have expressed support for the company and anger for the suspected attack.
Facing an economy crippled by U.S. sanctions, Iranians are turning to Bitcoin to make extra money. The currency's lack of regulations, however, are making some in the U.S. and Iranian governments wary.