Billionaire brothers arrested in Algeria - Four billionaire brothers in Algeria were arrested for corruption allegations. The brothers have links to former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Bouteflika resigned only weeks ago after anti-government protests swept across some areas of the country. The country is preparing for a July presidential election.
Sudan grapples for power - Sudan’s government told protestors to take down road blocks in the country’s capital, Khartoum. Protestors have been demonstrating against the military council which played a role in the country’s president, Omar al-Bashir, being removed from his position. The country’s military is running the government, but it promised it would work toward handing over its power.
Jihadist group accused of church bombings - The Sri Lanka government is blaming the National Thowheed Jamath jihadist group for a bombing that killed 290 people over the weekend. The attacks took place at churches and hotels, and so far, police have arrested 24 people. Sri Lanka was warned about a bomb threat from the jihadist group a few weeks ago.
Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam - Efforts to clean an air base in Vietnam that was used to store the Agent Orange chemical are underway. The United States launched a ten-year, $183 million program to rid the air base of the chemical. Agent Orange was used to destroy jungles and find enemy hiding places. The chemical is linked to high rates of cancer and birth defects.
Comedian wins Ukraine election - Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian in the Ukraine, has won the country’s presidential election. Russia, who backs separatists in eastern Ukraine, said it wants the new president to be honest and display “sound judgement.” Russia said it sees Zelensky’s victory as an opportunity for the two countries to improve relations.
Protestors target Natural History Museum on Earth Day - Protestors laid down beneath a whale skeleton in the Natural History Museum in London as part of a climate change protest. Last week, over 1,000 people were arrested during a protest in London. The protestors at the museum said they hoped their display would raise awareness for a possible mass extinction. They laid there for around 30 minutes.
Mexico murder rate rises - According to a new report, murders in Mexico increased by 9.6 percent during the first three months of the year. Around 8,493 people were killed from the beginning of the year until March 31. Recently, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the murder rate hasn’t rose since he took office in December.
Guatemala president candidate arrested - Mario Estrada, a presidential candidate in Guatemala, has been arrested in Miami. He is accused of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States. Prosecutors allege that Estrada was looking for over $10 million from a cartel in exchange for their help to smuggle cocaine into the United States. The money was allegedly going to be used for his presidential campaign.
Militia member detained in New Mexico - Larry Mitchell Hopkins was detained in New Mexico for his alleged involvement with a militia. The militia has been stopping migrants from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Recently, a video surfaced of members of the militia detaining migrants in the desert. The militia is called United Constitutional Patriots, and civil rights groups have condemned them.
Remembering Columbine - Over the weekend, survivors of the Columbine High School tragedy gathered in a ceremony to remember the 12 students and teacher who were murdered by two teenagers. The event marked the 20h anniversary of the shooting. Current Columbine students took part in community service projects and the public left flowers and cards at the memorial for the victims of the shooting.