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A week in review 08/28/19
Photo courtesy: - The Amazon Forest has been burning since mid-August as a result of farmers lighting fires to clear forest for cattle and farming. Brazillian President, Jair Bolsonaro has rejected money donated to Brazil by the G7 to help fight the fires, citing disrespect from French President Emmanuel Macron.

By Joseph Rios


Crocodile investigation
- At least five crocodiles mysteriously died in Namibia, prompting an investigation. It is believed they were poisoned, cut open, and then had their limbs removed. It is against the law in the country to kill crocodiles as they are considered a tourist attraction. It is believed the poisonings can be related to a retaliation of an attack.

Flooding in Sudan - As heavy rain has hit the area of Sudan, flooding has killed around 62 people. Rain has been impacting the area since the beginning of July, particularly in the Nile southern state. The United Nations estimates around 37,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged. Weather officials believe more flash-floods expected.


New Indonesia capital
- Indonesia President Joko Widodo announced the country’s new capital city will be on the Boreno Island. It was previously located at the East Kalimantan providence city Jakarta. The city is home to around 10 million people, but parts of the city are sinking. The country has not announced a name for the new capital.

Hong Kong protests continue - In Hong Kong, a police officer shot a gun during protests over the weekend. It was the first time a gun shot has been fired since protests began in June. Photos have emerged of officers pointing guns at protestors who were being violent at them as well. Police estimate that around 36 people were arrested on Sunday.


French man gets head stuck for days
- In France, a man who was working on his bathroom slipped and got his head stuck in his latter for five days. The man is in his 60s, and was still conscious when medical professionals found him. Since his head was trapped, he couldn’t get to a phone, but he was eventually found by his sister. His name has not been released, but he’s undergoing medical examinations.

Beach evacuated after bomb spotting - Sant Sebastia beach, a popular destination in Barcelona, was evacuated after a bomb was found in nearby water. The bomb is believed to have been from the Spanish Civil War, which occurred from 1936 to 1939. The beach sees millions of visitors each year, but it was closed this past Monday. The bomb weighed around 154 pounds.

Latin America

Fighting fire in the Amazon
- French President Emmanuel Macron announced that G7 countries would donate about $22 million to provide logistical and financial support to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Macron’s announcement makes Brazil look “as if we were a colony or no man’s land.” Brazil’s space research says a record number of fires are burning in the country, primarily in the Amazon.

Trying to keep the peso alive in Argentina - Argentina Treasury Minister Heran Lacunza says the country will use dollar reserves to help with the decline in the country’s currency. Fitch, a debt rating agency, said the peso’s recent plunge creates a risk of default for the currency. Default is when original terms of a loan are not met and can delay interest payment or failure to repay debt. The peso fell when current Argentina President Mauricio Macri lost in a nominating election to centre-left candidate Alberto Fernandez – the expected winner of the country’s upcoming presidential election.

North America

Kennedy grandson considers Senate run
- Joseph Kennedy III, the grandson of former presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, is considering a run for senate. He is a Massachusetts congressman and would have to challenge current Democrat Senator Edward Markley, who holds the seat. Kennedy III is currently serving his fourth term in Congress. Markley is a popular Massachusetts politician.

Weinstein pleads not guilty - Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein plead not guilty to two new charges of predatory sexual assault. He’s already plead not guilty to the rape of a woman in 2013 and a forcible sex act in 2006. There have been sexual misconduct claims against Weinstein, who is 67-years-old, by over 70 women. Among his accusers is Annabella Sciorra, an actress who played a role in The Sopranos.





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