Algerian president to step down - Algeria President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is planning to step down as president. He has led the country for 20 years, but there have been weeks of protests from activists and army officials calling for him to resign. Bouteflika typically doesn’t make public appearances, and he had a stroke in 2013. He is 82, and elections in the country have been postponed.
Gunmen raid villages in Nigeria - Last weekend, gunmen raided numerous villages in Nigeria, killing at least 28 people. Troops were deployed by the country’s government to combat the attacks. The gunmen typically sneak through forests after carrying out attacks. Bandits in the area typically carry out mass killings and steal livestock.
New era begins in Japan - Japan’s new imperial era begins May 1st, and the country announced the era’s new name. The era, Reiwa, symbolizes order and harmony. Japanese emperor eras are given names that are used with Western calendars to mark years. There have been four eras in modern Japan. Imperial eras are seen on driving licenses, paperwork, coins and newspapers.
Firefighters die in China - In China, dozens of firefighters died while working to fight a forest fire in the mountains. Firefighters were working to control the fire when wind directions changed and caused the fire to trap them. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes, and casualties have not been reported.
Ukraine comedian leads president polls - Volodymyr Zelenskiy is a comedian with no background in politics. However, that hasn’t stopped him from taking around 30 percent of Ukraine’s presidential election votes. The country’s current president, Petro Poroshenko, has about 16 percent of the vote. The two candidates will face off in a run-off election next month.
Priests burn Harry Potter books - Catholic priests in the SMS from Heaven Foundation in Poland filmed themselves burning books that they considered to be sacrilegious. Among the books that were burned included ones from the Harry Potter series. Magic is considered evil among some Christians. The SMS from Heaven Foundation is an evangelical organization.
Red Cross sets for Venezuela - The Red Cross will soon make its way to Venezuela with aid supplies. The organization believes it can impact around 650,000 people in the country. Venezuela is in a crisis, and a lot of the country, including hospitals, have been dealing with a power blackout. Venezuelan government officials blame the blackouts on an alleged effort to force President Nicolas Maduro out of office.
Artifacts returned to Easter Island - Norway is planning to return thousands of artifacts to Chile’s Easter Island. An agreement was signed in Santiago to return artifacts like human bones and carved work that were taken by Thor Heyerdahl in the 50s. Heyerdahl was an explorer from Norway. Chile is also seeking artifacts from the British Museum in London.
Facebook wants more government involvement - Facebook Chief Mark Zuckerberg has called for more regulation and government involvement in order to control internet content. He said the job by itself is too difficult for firms to carry it out alone. The gunman who attacked the mosque in New Zealand recently livestreamed the attack on Facebook. Zuckerberg wants a new set of rules on technology companies.
Marines killed in Arizona - Two United States Marine pilots were killed in a helicopter crash in Arizona. The pilots, whose identities have not been released yet, were partaking in a training mission in Yuma. The cause of the crash is still unknown as an investigation ensues. The Marines described the training mission as routine, and the base where the crash occurred is one of the largest in the world.