Colombia, Brazil, Cuba, Canada
AROUND THE WORLD (FOX44) – Colombia, 8-provinces are flooded after heavy rain over the weekend, water seeping out through the streets in some places. Local reports say at least 95-people have been killed since the flooding began last month, 66-people have been injured and 6-others are missing. Hundreds of homes have been swept away and thousands more damaged. Many neighborhoods are cut-off because sections of roads and highways that have been washed away or are under water. More heavy rain is forecast for later this month.
Brazil – People in Rio de Janeiro's largest slum woke to a heavy police presence after thousands of security forces moved in yesterday to reclaim the area from drug gangs. The occupation of the slum is part of the city's efforts to boost security ahead of Rio hosting the Soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics 2-years later. Armored vehicles along with heavily armed security forces moved into the slum yesterday, taking control of a long-neglected area without firing a shot. Authorities had announced their plans ahead of time, giving gang members time to get away. Only 5-people were detained during the raid and dozens of weapons and hundreds of pounds of marijuana and cocaine were seized.
Cuba – Barbers there will soon be allowed to work for themselves. Starting next month barbers at smaller shops on the communist island will be allowed to lease their businesses from the state and work independently. The state will continue to own the shops, but the barbers will be considered self-employed. It's just the latest in a series of economic reforms in Cuba. The Cuban government is allowing more private employment in an attempt to shed one million government jobs from its payrolls.
Canada – New 100-dollar bills are out, and get this, they're made of plastic.
The plastic note is the same size and color as existing 100-Canadian dollar bills. It uses plastic already in use by Thirty-two other countries, but adds a metallic hologram for the first time to make the bills even harder to counterfeit and has a clear window that runs the height of the bill. The bank says the bills are more durable and will last about two-and-a-half times as long as the current paper bills. The plastic Canadian 50-dollar bill will be released next March, followed by the 20-dollar bill late next year.
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