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A week in review 07/17/19
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By Joseph Rios


Woman kidnapped in Nigeria
- Beauty Siasia, an elderly woman was kidnapped by gunmen from a village in southern Nigeria. She is the mother of former Nigeria national soccer coach, Samson Siasia. Police launched a manhunt to search for Siasia and the kidnappers. Family members of Nigerian soccer players have been targeted before.

Ebola spreads to major city - The World Health Organization said the spreading of Ebola to Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, an important transport hub, is a “game changer.” The organization added it is confident in planning to fight the disease that spread to one person in the city. Since last year, 1,600 people have died from the disease in the eastern section of the country.


China economy slowing down
- According to a recent report, China’s economy grew at its slowest pace since the early 1990s. China’s economy grew 6.2 percent from a year ago. It has tried to up its economy by upping spending and implementing delivering tax cuts. Another factor of a slower economy includes a trade war with the United States that has hurt businesses.

India stops moon mission - India was planning on launching a rocket that weighs as much as a loaded jumbo jet to the moon, but the country stopped the mission less than an hour before blast-off. Officials blamed a technical problem, and a new launch date will be set soon. The $150 million mission was focused on searching for water and minerals on the moon.


Missile seized from far-right groups
- Police in Italy seized a missile and other weapons from far-right extremist groups during a raid. The missile was a type that has been used by the Qatari army, according to Italian police. Three people were arrested as a result of the raid. Police also seized Neo-Nazi propaganda during the raids as well. Among those arrested was far-right Forza Nuova party activist Alessandro Monti.

Man admits to murder of scientist at Greek island - Suzanne Eaton, a U.S. scientist, was reported missing by friends earlier this month until her body was found inside a World War II bunker on Crete, a Greek island. Authorities say a 27-year-old man confessed to killing her. Police believe her body was sexually assaulted. The suspect is married with two children. Eaton is married to British scientist Anthony Hyman.

Latin America

Brazil President wants son to be ambassador to the United States
- Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has offered Eduardo Bolsonaro, his son, the position of ambassador to the United States. The position has been unfilled since April. Bolsonaro is planning on accepting the position. He is currently serving as a congressman, and if he steps into the position, he will have to resign as a congressman.

Venezuela Navy Captain buried by government without consent from family - Venezuelan Navy Captain Rafael Acosta, the man who died in custody in the country, was buried by the government without consent from his family, according to his wife. His lawyer says he died from torture and a post-mortem study shows he was beaten and electrocuted. He was being held over allegations of a plot to kill the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro.

North America

Trump tweets shots at U.S. congresswomen on Twitter
- President Donald Trump took to Twitter on July 14 taking aim at some Democratic congresswomen. He said the women “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe.” He also asked why the women don’t go back to fix the “totally broken and crime infested places which they came.” His words received backlash from some, accusing him of racism and xenophobia.

Former world champion boxer dies - Former world champion boxer Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whittaker died after being hit by a vehicle in Virginia last Sunday. Whittaker, who won gold at the 1984 Olympics, retired from boxing in 2001. He worked as a trainer and fought professionally 46 times. Athletes took to Twitter and other social media sites to honor him, including former boxer Mike Tyson.





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