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A week in review 03/13/19
Photo courtesy: Beto O’Rourke Campaign website ( - Democratic politician and former Texas 16th Congressional District Representative Beto O’Rourke announced his run for the Democratic bid of the 2020 Presidential Election. O’Rourke has announced that his campaign raised over $6 million in its first day.

By Joseph Rios


Dozens taken to hospital in Uganda
- Almost 200 people were taken to a hospital due to consumption of a porridge given to refugees and others in Uganda. The porridge has been removed from distribution over worries that it may have killed an elderly woman. People taken to the hospital suffered from vomiting, fevers and other symptoms that match with food poisoning.

Train wreck kills dozens - In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a train overturned, killing at least 24 people. Those who died were mainly children, and 30 others were also injured in the process. A lot of trains in the country are from the 60s and haven’t been maintained. This is the third time a rail accident has happened in the country in recent weeks.


New Zealand to introduce new gun law reforms
- After the attack on two mosques that killed 50 people, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she will soon announce gun law reforms. Brenton Tarrant, a white supremacist from Australia was charged with murder. Police say the mosques attacks were conducted with military-style assault weapons. Those weapons are legal in the country.

Whale had over 80 pounds of plastic bags in stomach - In the Philippines, a dead whale washed up with over 80 pounds of plastic bags inside its stomach. The D’Bone Collector Museum recovered the whale and said it has never seen a whale with that much plastic inside its stomach. China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand are responsible for up to 60 percent of plastic that ends up in oceans.


Soccer player hears racist chants in Europa League
- Chelsea soccer player Callum Hudson-Odoi heard monkey chants from a group of fans during the team’s Europa League win at Dynamo Kiev. The soccer club filed a complaint with the UEFA over racist abuse. Hudson-Odoi scored in the game as Chelsea won 5-0. The team confirmed a report of racial abuse and condemned the behavior.

Man arrested after deadly shooting Police in the Dutch City of Utrecht arrested a man after a shooting took place in the city. The man, Gokmen Tanis, is 37 and from Turkey. He is accused of killing three people, and authorities say it looks like the attack was a terrorist one. The country’s prime minister called the attack deeply disturbing.

Latin America

Brazil school shooting leaves eight dead
- In Brazil, two former students at the Raul Brasil school in Suzano killed eight people. Police say the pair planned the attack for over a year, and after they attacked the school, they killed themselves. Thousands attended a wake for those who were killed in the shooting. One of the gunmen’s mom said her son was bullied, but he had never shown any problems at the school.

Venezuela without power - Venezuela’s Chief Prosecutor Tarek Saab wants an investigation into Juan Guaido for allegations of sabotaging the country’s electrical system. Guaido, the opposition leader, says power outages are due to government mismanagement. A lot of Venezuelans have been without power since last Thursday. President Nicolas Maduro accused U.S. technology of sabotaging the electric grid.

North America

Bomb cyclone moves to Midwest
- Snowpack and heavy rains have caused for thousands of people to evacuate in Midwest states. Flooding in at least five states from the bomb cyclone that hit Colorado last week is hitting other states, including Nebraska. Two men in Nebraska were killed as a result from the weather, while two others are currently missing.

Beto to run for president - Beto O’Rourke has raised $6.1 million for his presidential campaign, the most of any 2020 candidate so far. O’Rourke is one of 15 Democrats who announced their intention to run for President. He is 46, and he will be campaigning in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania this week. The Democrat Party candidates include John Hickenlooper, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and others.





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