Egypt opens new cathedral - On Sunday, Egypt introduced its largest cathedral, a day after a bomb blast occurred near a separate church. The church is titled the Cathedral of Nativity, and Egypt President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi went to the first mass. The church holds 8,000 people and it is located in the new administrative capital, east of Cairo.
Votes still being counted in the Democratic Republic of Congo - Voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been patiently waiting for votes to be counted in the country’s presidential election. Around 53 percent of the votes had been counted, and government officials have promised the polls will be the country’s first orderly power transfer. The country’s president, Joseph Kabila, is stepping down from his position after holding it for 18 years.
Tesla to build new factory in Shanghai - Tesla has begun the process of building a new factory in Shanghai. The move marks the first time the country has worked toward a manufacturing plant outside of the United States. The new factory will allow Tesla to avoid tariffs on car imports into the country. Tesla is focused on growing its presence in foreign countries.
Gold mine collapse kills dozens in Afghanistan - Around 30 people were killed when a gold mine in north-eastern Afghanistan collapsed. Villagers in the area dug a 220 feet deep but makeshift shaft in search of gold when they got caught in the collapse. Officials say at least seven other people were injured in the incident. Afghanistan has previously struggled with maintaining and creating safe mines.
Car sales drop in UK - Car sales have dropped in the United Kingdom, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The trade body said 2.36 million new cars were registered last year, and that marks a 6.8 percent drop from the previous year. The drop is the largest the country has seen since 2008. Diesel sales also dropped last year by 30 percent.
Snow pounds the Alps - Heavy snow was the reason at least seven people died in the Alps over the weekend. Skiers in Austria, Germany and Italy have faced a high risk of avalanches, and rescuers are searching for missing people in the Alps. The snow has caused schools to temporarily close, and officials have closed numerous mountain roads, because of the risk of a potential avalanche.
Venezuela judge flees country - As a sign of protest over Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela Supreme Court Judge Christian Zerpa has fled to the United States. He said the country’s last election wasn’t free and competitive, and he accused Maduro of manipulating the Venezuela’s Supreme Court. Venezuela’s Supreme Court accused Zerpa of fleeing allegations of sexual harassment.
Brazil deploys troops to Fortaleza - As criminal violence continues to rise in Fortaleza Brazil, the country has deployed nearly 300 troops to the area. The soldiers will be responsible for stopping attacks on places like shops, banks and buses. The attacks have been in protest on tougher laws toward local prisons. The prisons are mainly controlled by criminal gangs.
NBA player fearful to travel - New York Knicks center Enes Kanter will not travel with the team as it prepares to play a game in London. Kanter has previously criticized Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan by calling him the “Hitler of our century,” and he said he is fearful for his life if he travels to London. Turkey cancelled his passport in 2017 due to his criticism of the country’s president, and Kanter says he hasn’t spoken to his parents in a long time, because the Turkish government won’t let them speak to him.
Sex trafficking victim granted clemency - Cyntoia Brown was solicited for sex as a girl, and she murdered the man who solicited her in 2004. She was tried as an adult and convicted in 2006 when she was 16, but now she has been granted clemency. Celebrities like LeBron James, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West called for her to be released, and Brown said she acted in self-defense when she killed the man. Brown has been in prison for almost 15 years.