Good morning, today is Wednesday, February 22, and here are the stories that interest me.
The bodies of 74 Migrants were found washed ashore in Libya. Migrants bound for Europe often use Libya as a crossing over point. Traffickers are known to over populate rubber rafts and then take all means of transportation away from the Migrants once at sea. In this situation, it looks like the rubber raft did tear and collapse, leaving the people without means of getting back to shore. An additional 12 people are missing and presumed drowned.
Dutch MPs have voted to begin government regulation of Marijuana. In a vote of 77-72, the law will now allow cafe owners to buy their produce from licensed growers who grow marijuana in a closed system. The government approval would make marijuana growing officially legal in the country. Currently it is unknown the bill will pass the upper house. Critics of the bill say that the law would but the Netherlands at odds with international law.
The H7N9 strain of the Avian flu has hit China hard this year, claiming 79 lives out of 192 reported cases. The cases, centered in the south and eastern provinces of the country, has caused some alarm with officials. Numbers of people infected with Bird Flu have been exacerbated to the lunar new year and the preference for buying fresh poultry in markets. There is concern that the infections could spread into Vietnam. There are current trials into a vaccine for the H7N9 strain ongoing in China and other parts of the world.