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A week in review 02/27/19
Photo courtesy: Pete Souza - White House (P042013PS-0352)

By Joseph Rios


First Kenyan Olympian dies
- Nyantika Maiyoro became the first Kenyan to run in the Olympics at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Maiyoro passed away at the age of 88. It is unknown what he died from, but it is believed that Maiyoro had tuberculosis. At the 1956 Olympics, Maiyoro finished seventh in the 5000m race at a time of 13:53:25.

Protests continue in Sudan - After a 10-week stretch of protests, Sudan President Omar al-Bashir declared a state of emergency. However, the state of emergency didn’t stop protests. The country’s leader banned protests and public gatherings, and protests have increased since his proclamation. Protestors are demonstrating against new measures and are calling for Bashir to step down.


Bootleg alcohol kills hundreds in India
- Over 330 people have been impacted due to drinking toxic bootleg alcohol. At least 130 people died from the alcohol, and over 200 others are in a hospital. In 2011, a similar situation happened when over 170 drank bootleg alcohol. Police located the house where the alcohol was made and doctors say the alcohol is causing organ failure.

Men host fake summit in Vietnam in anticipation of Trump and Kim Jong-un meeting - Vietnam deported a Kim Jong-un impersonator as the real Kim Jong-un prepares to meet with Trump in the country. The impersonator, Howard X, faked a summit with Russell White, who was impersonating Trump. X said he wanted to scale down North Korea’s nuclear program by holding the fake summit. White said the two were working toward peace.


May focused on Brexit deadline
- England’s exit from the European Union is quickly approaching with a March 29 exit date on the horizon. The country’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, said she is still focused on leaving the European Union on that date. However, her own political party is calling for a delay of Brexit. May said there is still more work to accomplish before Parliament can vote on a final plan.

Pope holds summit on pedophilia - During a summit on pedophilia, Pope Francis promised to take action to fight child sex abuse. The church plans on strengthening its guidelines to halt abuse and to discipline child sex abusers. The summit was called Protection of Minors in the Church, and heads of all national bishops’ conferences from over 130 countries attended the event.

Latin America

Journalist killed in Mexico
- Samir Flores Soberanes, a journalist and environmental activist, was shot two times in his head at his home in Amilcingo. Thousands of people hit the streets in Mexico City to march following Soberanes’ death. Law officials believe his death was linked to organized crime. Soberanes is known for his stance against a development project that features thermoelectric plants and a 93-mile natural gas pipeline.

Brazil wants new pension system - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has his eyes set on restructuring the country’s pension system. In a new proposal, Bolsonaro wants to set a minimum retirement age to 65 years for men and 62 for women. Restructuring Brazil’s pension system, would save over $270 billion for the country over the next ten years, according to Brazil’s government. However, others believe changes would hurt Brazil’s poor.

North America

R Kelly jailed and posts bond
- R&B artist R Kelly has pled not guilty to 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four women. The singer turned himself in to police last Friday. Three of the four women were minors at the time the alleged sexual abuse occurred. R. Kelly has since posted bail in the amount of $100,000 and is out of jail.

Trump to hold back on Chinese trade tariffs - New trade tariffs on Chinese goods were set to hit on March 1, but President Donald Trump has announced he will delay those tariffs. Import duties will rise from 10 percent to 25 percent on Chinese goods, but Trump said both China and the United States have made significant progress in trade talks. Trump wants to hold a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.





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