British minister wants Ebola to be a global health emergency - Ebola is a global health emergency, according to Rory Stewart, a British government minister. He particularly pointed to an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo where over 1,500 people have died from the disease in the eastern area of the country. If Ebola were to be declared a global health emergency, more funding would go toward fighting the disease, but the World Health Organization has refused to categorize it.
Former rebel convicted - Bosco Ntaganda, a rebel who was involved in armed conflicts in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in front of an International Criminal Court judge. He was convicted of 18 crimes of murder, rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers. He is the first person to be convicted of sexual slavery by the International Criminal Court.
Man defects from South Korea to North Korea - Choe In-guk, the son of a former South Korean ex-foreign minister, has defected to North Korea. North Korea says he will live there and will work on reunification issues. It isn’t common for people to move from the south to the north. Due to regulations, South Korea citizens need permission to visit North Korea.
Bus carrying 50 people crashes in India - In India, a bus carrying around 50 people went off an expressway and killed at least 29 people. Around 20 people were saved, but accidents occur at a high rate in India. An accident happens once every four minutes in the country. It is believed that the driver fell asleep and lost control of the bus. Since 2012, nearly 900 people have been killed on Indian roads.
Greece has new prime minister - Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece’s new prime minister, won his position in a landslide victory over the weekend. He promised to have the country “proudly raise its head again” and said he will not fail to honor the hopes of his supporters. The country has struggled with problems like unemployment and a shaky economy. Mitsotakis is the son of the country’s former prime minister.
Danish police crackdown on impaired scooter riders - Over the weekend, Danish police arrested 28 people for riding on an electric scooter while being drunk, or under the influence of drugs. Those who were arrested were charged with a $300 fine. Electric scooters have gained popularity all throughout the world, and have become easier to use in Copenhagen due to new traffic rules.
Mexico defeats U.S. for Gold Cup - The Mexican soccer team defeated the United States at Soldier Field in Chicago to win another Concacaf Gold Cup. The cup is awarded to the continental champions of the Caribbean, Central America and North America. Mexico has won the tournament 11 times, while the United States has won it six times. Over 62,000 people attended the game.
Venezuela and opposition group to meet - Venezuela’s opposition group and the country’s government are set to continue talks regarding the political crisis in Venezuela. The talks will happen in Barbados, according to the Norwegian foreign ministry, the mediator in the discussions. No details have been revealed about what will be discussed, or what date the talks will resume.
Jeffery Epstein appears in court - Jeffery Epstein, a rich, U.S. financier, appeared in a New York Court on Monday over charges of running a network of underage girls for sex. Documents reveal he allegedly hosted minors at his mansions in Manhattan and Florida between 2002 and 2005. Some of them were as young as 14, and Epstein allegedly gave them hundreds of dollars for sexual actions.
Jim Beam warehouse fire in Kentucky - As a fire broke out at the Jim Beam warehouse in Kentucky, around 45,000 barrels of bourbon burned. Runoff from the fire forced alcohol into a river, killing thousands of fish. Alcohol in the river led to low levels of oxygen in the water. The contaminated river, the Kentucky River, travels to the Ohio River, but the water will have dilute to safe levels.