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A week in review 02/06/19
Photo courtesy: Virginia Governor’s office

By Joseph Rios


Mummies discovered in Egypt
- Egypt’s antiquities ministry said archaeologists discovered a tomb that holds 50 mummies that date back to 30 BC. Among the discoveries were 12 children who were buried 30 feet deep south of Cairo. Officials are uncertain of the identities of the mummies, but it is believed that they all held important positions in society.

A Car Free Day in Ethiopia - Cities across Ethiopia celebrated a Car Free Day. People played soccer in the streets, as the event ensued with the idea of promoting a healthy lifestyle and fighting air pollution. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came up with the idea last April. Among the cities to participate in the event was Addis Ababa.


Nissan chooses Japan over England
- As the uncertainty of Brexit looms, Nissan announced its new X-Trail vehicle will be made in Japan, instead of England. Nissan announced in 2016 that it would make the car in England after assurances from the government. England said the move was a “blow to the sector,” but it doesn’t expect jobs to be impacted.

Hindus gather to wash away sins in large human gathering - Millions of people in India bathed at the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. Hindus bathe at the rivers, because it is believed that it washes away their sins. The gathering is considered to be one of the world’s biggest human gatherings, and Hindus believe that it sets them free from the cycle of birth and death. It is believed that around ten million people participated.


Popular European airline grounded Turkmenistan
- Airlines has been grounded for safety reasons, and the move has left thousands stranded. Flights from Birmingham and other areas have been suspended, and flights won’t resume until the airline “meets international air safety standards,” according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Passengers who flew under the airline are being told to make other arrangements to get to their destination.

Russia to build more missiles - Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the country will suspend its involvement in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The United States announced it will do something similar, and the country has accused Russia of violating the treaty in the past. Putin said Russia will start developing new missiles.

Latin America

El Salvador elects new president
- As most of the votes have been counted, it appears that Nayib Bukele will be the next president of El Salvador. He is the former Mayor of San Salvador, and he has claimed almost 53 percent of the vote. Bukele has said he will focus on corruption and halting criminal gang activity. El Salvador has one of the world’s highest murder rates.

Haitian migrants drown - The Royal Bahamas Defense Force was able to rescue 17 Haitian migrants, but 28 others drowned off the coast of the Bahamas. The migrants were traveling on a boat that sank six miles off the coast of Marsh Harbor in the Abaco Islands. Nearly 60 percent of Haiti’s population lives on less than $2 a day, and it is common for Haitians to try to get to the Bahamas.

North America

YouTube singer in trouble
- Austin Jones, an American singer, has plead guilty over naked photos of teenage girls. He has over half a million YouTube subscribers, and he is known for performing covers of popular songs. YouTube declined to comment on Jones, and YouTube is still hosting his channel. Jones admitted to having online conversations with six 14 and 15-year-old girls.

U.S. to send more troops to Mexican border - The United States is planning to send around 2,000 troops to the Mexican border. With the move, there will be over 4,000 troops at the border to assist border-patrol agents, according to the Pentagon. The Pentagon said it will continue to evaluate the force composition needed to secure the border.





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