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A week in review 06/26/19
Photo courtesy: USWST Insagram - U.S. Women’s Soccer Team captain Megan Rapinoe fights for the ball in their match with Spain where the U.S. defeated Spain 2-1, advancing the Americans to the Quarterfinals where they will face the hosting team, France.

By Joseph Rios


Gospel musician claims he has cure for HIV, arrested
- Brother Sammy, a popular Ghanaian gospel musician, was arrested in the country for allegedly advertising a product that claims to have the cure for HIV. His product, called Spiritual Divine Holy Water, was advertised on social media. He says it claimed over 50 people. Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority did not approve the product.

Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo - According to a report, around 1,506 people have died from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There have been around 2,239 cases of the disease. That number marks the second biggest one ever after the disease broke out throughout West Africa in 2014. Ebola infects humans who have close contact to infected animals like chimpanzees and forest antelope.


Five arrested for beating Muslim man to death
- Five people have been arrested after Tabrez Ansari, a Muslim man, was beat to death by a mob in India. People accused the 24-year-old of stealing a motorcycle. Videos surfaced of Ansari pleading for his life. The mob forced him to chant praises for Hindu gods. Ansari’s family says he was tied to a pole overnight and when police arrived the next day, they arrested him for theft.

U.S. citizen sentenced in Vietnam Michael - Phuong Minh Nguyen, a United States citizen, will serve 12 years in a Vietnamese prison. Law officials found him guilty of attempting to overthrow the state. He admitted he wanted to start protests in Vietnam, but he denied charges of planning to attack governmental offices. Vietnam is a communist country who does not allow residents to criticize law officials.


Army officer sentenced to life in prison in Cypriot
- Nikos Metaxas, a Greek-Cypriot army officer, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering five foreign women and two children. He pled guilty in court to 12 charges and apologized to the victims’ families. His sentence is the strictest one a Cypriot court has ever imposed. Metaxas told families he didn’t know he was committing hateful crimes.

Telecommunications outage sweeps through Netherlands - Areas of the Netherlands were hit with the country’s largest telecommunications outage. Emergency services were out throughout the country for around four hours. The cause of the outage is unclear, but it isn’t believed that systems were hacked. Landlines and mobile phones were also impacted by the outage.

Latin America

Venezuela arrests six military and police officers
- Six people from Venezuela’s military and police were arrested after a failed attempt to outst the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro. Maduro has increased crackdown actions after a failed military uprising in April. According to Penal Forum, a local rights group in the country, over 700 people have been detained in Venezuela because of political beliefs.

Drug cartel leaders’ properties auctioned off in Mexico City - Properties seized from drug cartel leaders are set to be auctioned off in Mexico City. Funds from the properties, which have ranches, swimming pools and escape tunnels, will go to those who have been impacted by drug gang violence. So far, nine out of the 27 properties have been sold. The auction has raised around $3 million so far.

North America

Trump imposes new sanctions on Iran
- President Donald Trump is imposing new sanctions on Iran. He credited his decision to a U.S. drone being shot down and “many other things.” Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Americans “despise diplomacy” and said Trump has a “thirst for war.” The new sanctions will deny Iran’s leadership access to financial resources.

U.S. women’s soccer team advances - The United States’ Women’s Soccer Team advanced to a quarter-final in the Women’s World Cup against France after a victory against Spain. The team is a favorite to win the tournament and barely beat Spain in penalty kicks. The United States’ Women’s Soccer Team has lost one game since 2017. This was the second time Spain’s Women’s Team has made it to the World Cup.





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