Violence in Ethiopia - On April 25, a fight broke out when a man was killed in Ethiopia. Following the man’s death, 17 people were killed in inter-communal clashes. The fighting killed at least 11 Amhara people and other deaths involved different ethnic groups. Officials are trying to stop the fighting that has seen houses burned down over a four day stretch, but it still could take some time to stop the fighting.
Kenneth Kaunda celebrates 95th birthday - The founding president and liberation hero Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia celebrated his 95th birthday. Former African presidents joined Kaunda, who is one of the last members of the liberation. He is known for his role in helping countries get independence from colonizers. Zambia’s current president, Edgar Lunga, joined the birthday celebration.
Indonesia to move capital - Indonesia is planning to move its capital city away from Jakarta. Officials have called the move “an important decision,” but it is unknown where the new capital will be. Jakarta houses over 10 million people, and the announcement was made after the country’s president, Joko Widodo, declared victory in a general election.
Sri Lanka bans covering faces - After the Easter Sunday attacks that killed at least 250 people, Sri Lanka has banned people from covering their faces in public. The country’s president, Maithripala Sirisena, used an emergency law to bar people from covering their face. Some Muslim leaders spoke out against the decision. Sri Lanka was on high alert following the attacks.
Norway blames whale for spying - Norwegian experts believe a beluga whale found near Norway’s coast was trained by the Russian Navy. The whale was wearing a GoPro camera attachment with a special Russian harness. However, the whale didn’t have a camera. Russian officials have denied using the whale to spy, but Norway suspects the opposite.
Woman’s remains found in suitcase - At the bottom of a lake in Nicosia, Cyprus, law officials discovered a suitcase filled with the remains of a woman. It is believed that she is the victim of a suspected serial killer. The killer is believed to be the island’s first serial killer, and there are six other people who died. Three other bodies have been discovered, and police believe the suspect is 35 years old.
Pope donates money to migrants stranded in Mexico - To help migrants who are stranded in Mexico, Pope Francis donated $500,000. The money was donated from Peter’s Pence Fund, a fund made up of church collections from all around the world. The Pope has called out President Donald Trump’s attempt to build a wall in the past. Migrants are fleeing persecution, violence and poverty in their countries and are trying to reach the United States.
Brazil President makes homophobic comments - At a breakfast meeting with journalists in Brasilia, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro said the country can’t be “of the gay world” and “of gay tourism.” David Miranda, a councilor in Rio de Janeiro, called Bolsonaro a national disgrace. Bolsonaro has made misogynistic, homophobic and racist comments in the past.
Avengers breaks records - Avengers: Endgame brought in $1.2 billion in global ticket sales during its opening run, breaking a record. It is the fastest film to ever hit $1 billion after being out for only five days. Just in the United States, the film brought in $350 million, and 45 percent of global ticket sales came from 3-D showings of it.
Republican Senator passes - Former Republican Senator Richard Lugar has passed away at the age of 87. He was Indiana’s longest serving senator, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. He died from chronic inflammatory demylinating polyneuropathy, a disease that impacts the nerves in the body. Lugar created legislation to destroy nuclear weapons after the end of the Cold War.