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Breaking News on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

 In today's news: Chinese manufacturer facing billion dollar fine for breaking US sanctions; 200 hot summer weather records broken in Australia; girl takes on Wall Street's bronze bull; the UN condemns North Korea; and rare white rhino shot and killed in France.

Click on the videos below for the stories behind the headlines. But first here's a little nugget of information about today's date:

On This Day: March 8th is International Women's Day. In 1917, it was also the date when rioting began, this was the Russian revolution. A little known fact is that, it was indeed a women textile workers' strike, inspired by the fledgling 'Women's Day', in Petrograd that started the revolution. A week later, the emperor Nicholas II abdicated and the new government granted women the right to vote.


Chinese firm fined over $1 billion for busting U.S. sanctions ​

Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer ZTE Corp will pay upwards of a billion dollars in fines, pleading guilty to violating U.S. laws limiting the sale of American technology to North Korea and Iran. 


Australia's 'Angry Summer' breaks 200+ records

Is man-made climate change responsible for breaking more than 200 Australian weather records during the last three months? Some researchers say so, affirming the summer offers a preview of future conditions that may threaten the nation's energy security and agriculture. 


Girl's statue stares down Wall Street bull on Women's Day

As many women use today to draw attention to their important roles at the workplace, a Wall Street firm on Tuesday (March 7th) erected a new statue of a girl in front of Lower Manhattan's famous bronze charging bull, fearlessly staring it down.


The U.N. condemns North Korea's recent weapons test​

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday (March 7th) has responded to this week's North Korean missile launches, expressing dismay over the rebel state's defiance of U.N. sanctions. 

White rhino shot dead in zoo, horn removed

Poachers broke into a zoo in France, shot dead a rare white rhinoceros, sawing off its horn. This is said to be the first time that a rhino in captivity has been attacked and killed in the whole of Europe. 

Cover image courtesy of Depositphotos

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