Mexico, Ticketmaster, South Africa: the news of the night

Mexico: new assassination of a municipal candidate. Jorge Huerta Cabrera, a candidate for municipal elections, was assassinated on Friday May 31 in the state of Puebla, in central Mexico, less than forty-eight hours before the general elections in the country. The 30-year-old politician, a candidate for a seat on the municipal council of Izucar de Matamoros, a town of around 80,000 inhabitants, was killed while he was in the company of his wife and another person, who were injured, reports Reforma. More than twenty people running for local office were murdered before the elections, according to authorities.

The American Ticketmaster informs the authorities of a data hack. The American group Live Nation, parent company of the concert and show ticket sales platform Ticketmaster, confirmed with the American Stock Exchange Police (SEC) that the company had been hacked. In the filing with the SEC, Live Nation states that it has “identified unauthorized activity within a third-party cloud database environment”, details it New York Times. The group of hackers called the “ShinyHunters” had claimed responsibility for stealing the information of more than 500 million Ticketmaster customers.

South Africa: towards a historic setback for the ANC. The African National Congress (ANC), in power in South Africa, collected 40.98% of the votes after counting in nearly 92% of polling stations, show the partial results of the legislative elections published late Friday by the electoral commission. “Exasperated voters dealt a seismic blow to Nelson Mandela’s party after years of corruption scandals and economic mismanagement”, observed CNN. “As a result, the ANC will be forced to form a coalition to govern the most unequal country in the world.”

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