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- ANC meets to decide Zuma’s fate – South African President Jacob Zuma’s future is in the balance as leaders of South Africa’s governing ANC meet to decide his fate. According to the BBC, the party’s National Executive Committee will ask Zuma to step down. He faces allegations of corruption due to his close relationship with big business interests. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday that the issue was causing “disunity and discord.” (Help report WikiTribune’s story outlining the issues facing Zuma.)
- Oxfam deputy CEO quits over misconduct claims – Penny Lawrence resigned (The Guardian) as deputy chief executive of international aid group Oxfam. This followed claims that Oxfam concealed the findings of a report into its employees’ use of sex workers. The heads of the group met the UK government on Monday. Lawrence said she took “full responsibility” for the behavior of staff in Chad and Haiti, reports the Press Association. An inquiry found that seven Oxfam employees, four who have been sacked and three who resigned, had gone to prostitutes in Haiti in 2010-11. Oxfam denies that the inquiry was covered up. The UK’s minister for international development said the aid group must explain or risk losing government funding. (Read more and help develop WikiTribune’s coverage of this story here.)
- Prosecutors file charges against Weinstein – New York prosecutors have filed legal action against the Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein, alleging years of sexual harassment and misconduct by the movie producer which the company failed to protect against. Weinstein faces allegations of sexual abuse, including rape, which he denies. The lawsuit, from the state’s attorney general, alleges Weinstein abused female employees and threatened to kill staff members. The Weinstein Company has not commented on the suit. (Read more of our coverage of the Weinstein allegations and the #MeToo movement here).
- Britain’s exit to lead to EU spending cuts – The European Union (EU) will need to reduce spending in nearly all areas as a result of Britain’s exit from the trading bloc, the EU’s budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on February 12. Britain will leave the EU on March 29, 2019, removing its annual €12 billion ($14.7 billion) contribution to the EU’s budget, which runs at around €140 billion. Britain will have to pay a sum, known as the “divorce bill,” to leave the EU. It could be as high as £35-49 billion (€39-55 bn).
What we’re reading
- Veteran best selling author Michael Lewis never regarded himself as a “real journalist.” But in this piece for Bloomberg he tries his hand at becoming the ultimate media insider – a Washington political reporter. Lewis goes in search of the U.S. president but winds up watching the State of the Union with former presidential adviser Steve Bannon, who says that the #Me Too movement will be bigger than the Tea Party. – Charles Anderson
What the WikiTribune community is up to
- The hedgehog population in Britain is in serious decline as the spiny mammals contend with increased intensive farming and road traffic, according to a new report. Read WikiTribune community member Dan Marsh’s piece on the issue.
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