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A week in review 07/24/19
Photo courtesy: USS Boxer LHD4 Facebook - Last week U.S. (Amphibious) warship, USS Boxer (LHD4) shot down an Iranian drone that came dangerously close to the warship. Reports indicate that a new anti-drone system mounted on top of an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV/Polaris MRZR vehicle) was used to bring down the drone. Iranian officials have denied the U.S. allegations and have since siezed British oil tanker MV Stena as tensions escalate in the region.

By Joseph Rios


Health official resigns after Ebola outbreak
- After an Ebola outbreak, Democratic Republic of Congo Health Minister Oly Llunga resigned from his position. He condemned the country’s president for replacing him as the head of the Ebola response team. Over the past year, Ebola has killed over 1,700 people in the country. The World Health Organization officially declared the outbreak an international health emergency last week.

Kenyan Finance Minister surrenders to police - Kenyan Finance Minister Henry Rotich surrendered to police over allegations of corruption. He is accused of giving over $450 million to an Italian company for construction of two dams. He denied any wrongdoing, and the company denied the accusations. Law enforcement officials ordered for over 20 other people to be arrested in connection to the case.


India heads for the Moon
- India launched its second Moon mission from the Sriharikota space station. The mission was canceled last week due to technical difficulties, but the country’s space chief said the mission bounced back with flying colors. The $145 million mission can possibly mark the first time the country has landed on the Moon’s south pole.

Pirates raid South Korean ship - Pirates in the South China Sea stormed a South Korean cargo ship, stealing a total of $13,000 of cash. Other items stolen included crew member’s shoes, cell phones and clothes. The pirates stormed the ship equipped with guns and knives. Two crew members were left with minor injuries and the ship continued on its mission.


French vessel discovered decades later
- Over 50 years ago, a French submarine carrying 52 people disappeared, but now, the country has located the vessel. France Defense Minister Florence Parly tweeted out the news on Monday, calling the discovery a relief. Search operations took place before to search for the submarine, but they were all unsuccessful. It was found 30 miles from Toulon.

Ronaldo will not face charges - Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo will not face charges after being accused of rape by a 34-year-old. Ronaldo, who plays for the Italian soccer team Juventus, was facing charges from U.S. prosecutors in Las Vegas. He reached a settlement with the woman who accused him in 2010, but the case was reopened in 2018. Ronaldo denied the allegations.

Latin America

Protestors flood Puerto Rico’s streets
- Tens of thousands of people in Puerto Rico protested at streets in the country demanding for the country’s governor to resign. Ricardo Rossello, Puerto Rico’s governor, texted homophobic slurs and made insulting remarks about people who died from Hurricane Maria in 2017. It was the largest protest in US territory history.

Brazil President goes after country’s space institute - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused his own space institute of lying and smearing the country’s reputation. The space institute released data about deforestation in the Amazon Forest. Bolsonaro said he wants to meet face to face with the leader of the agency. The space institute says its data is 95 percent accurate.

North America

American/Australian killed in British Columbia
- Chynna Deese, 24, and Australian resident Lucas Fowler, 23, were found shot and dead in northern British Columbia. The two were a couple and had planned on travelling across Canada. Authorities say a man was reported speaking to Fowler along the highway about Fowler’s broken vehicle. The murders may be connected to the disappearance of two teenagers last week.

Trump meets with Pakistani Prime Minister - President Donald Trump hosted Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House in an effort to mend relations. The two countries have had issues since the Afghan conflict. Trump reduced security aid to the country earlier this year. He offered to mediate the India-Pakistan conflict at the leaders’ meeting.





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