Thousands die from measle outbreak - Approximately 5,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year have died from a measles outbreak. Nearly a quarter of a million people have been infected by the disease as the country struggles with having enough vaccines for those who are sick. The World Health Organization called the outbreak the world’s largest and fastest moving epidemic.
African plants on road to extinction - According to research by Science Advances, a third of plants in Africa are facing extinction. Among the areas where plants are suffering the most include western Africa, Ethiopia, and areas of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Plants like trees, shrubs, herbs and woody vines are considered to be at risk.
A 12-year-old arrested in Hong Kong protests - Authorities in Hong Kong have arrested a 12-year-old boy for committing an offense. He was arrested on his way to school the day after a protest in October and spray-painted slogans on a police station and a metro station. He will serve a month in prison. There have been over 5,000 arrests in Hong Kong since protests started at the beginning of the summer. Protests started due to a bill that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China.
Pakistan feminism panel originally has no women - The Arts Council of Pakistan was preparing to have a discussion on feminism. The discussion was going to be conducted by only men. Since the list of speakers on the panel was released, the Art Council of Pakistan added two women speakers to the panel, but still received criticism on social media.
Serbia accuses Russia of spy plan - Serbian President Aleksander Vucic says a Russian intelligence official met with a former Serbian military member. Vucic said other Serbian officials have had contact with Russian agents but said the incidents won’t impact the country’s relationship with Russia. Evidence has shown Russia paying a Serbian military member in a video.
Red panda escapes French zoo - French authorities are on the hunt for an endangered red panda that escaped a French zoo. The animal is a skilled climber and zoo staff are telling people to look up into the trees for it. The zoo says the animal escaped by climbing branches that broke by snowfall. Red pandas primarily live in the Himalayas.
Brazilian president launches new party - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, a leader with far-right views, is leaving the Social Liberal Party to launch the Alliance for Brazil Party. He said the party will focus on fighting corruption and advocating for Christian values. The party will need to gather around 500,000 signatures over the next six months to be able to be part of the 2020 municipal elections.
Bolivia in crisis - Bolivia is in the midst of a food and fuel shortage. Officials in the countries flew in basic provisions into the country’s capital, La Paz. Evo Morales, the country’s former president, resigned earlier this month after he was accused of electoral fraud. At least 23 people have died from political related protests.
Trump ignored advisors over election meddling, former White House aide says - Fiona Hill, a former White House aide, testified at the impeachment inquiry that President Donald Trump ignored advisors about election meddling and said created a false narrative that the Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election. Trump previously urged the Ukrainian president to look into an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.
Jake Burton Carpenter - Jake Burton Carpenter, the “godfather” of snowboarding and the creator of Burton Snowboards, has passed away at the age of 65. Burton Snowboards called Carpenter the soul of snowboarding and the one who “gave us the sport we love.” Carpenter was diagnosed with Miller Fisher syndrome, a nervous system disorder, in 2015.