Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has repeatedly called on the new American leader – often personally – to cancel a US$500 million debt owed dating back to the Vietnam War. Hun Sen has made the request to previous US presidents, to no avail. He has referred to the money owed as “blood-stained” and “dirty.” Source Asia Times
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Maine’s largest city will no longer celebrate Columbus Day as a municipal holiday. The Portland City Council voted unanimously Monday to designate the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The vote came after nearly an hour of public comment. Source pressherald
French President Emmanuel Macron signs the controversial labor reform legislation, which sparked mass protests in the country. The reforms would make it easier for companies to hire and fire workers, as well as give them more authority over pay and working conditions. Source: Sputnik
The UN Security Council on Sept. 21 warned that a referendum on independence by Iraq’s Kurdistan region was potentially destabilizing, adding its weight to international opposition to the vote. Source: Daily News