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A week in review 12/18/19
Photo courtesy: - On Wednesday December 18th the U.S. House of Representatives will take a vote on whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump. Wednesday’s vote will only be the third time in our Nation’s history where the House will vote to impeach a sitting president.

By Joseph Rios


Tech firms sued by Democratic Republic of Congo
- Companies like Apple, Google, Tesla and Microsoft and more are being sued for damages over deaths and injuries of child miners. The lawsuit, filed by the International Rights Advocates on behalf of 14 families, alleges the companies knew that cobalt, used in their products, could be linked to child labor.

Zimbabwe vice-president’s wife accused of attempted murder - Marry Mubaiwa, the estranged wife of Zimbabwe Vice-President Gen Constantino Chiwenga, is accused of trying to kill Chiwenga while he was receiving treatment in South Africa. She allegedly pulled an intravenous drip out of his arm. Mubaiwa is in custody with bail denied and has also been accused of corruption.


Indian police deny shooting protesters
- Indian police are accused of shooting at least three protesters. People in the country are protesting a law that offers citizenship to non-Muslims from three countries near India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the law could help people who are facing persecution, but others say the law is discriminatory.

Hiroshima buildings to be taken down - Buildings that survived the 1945 atomic bomb will be knocked down in Hiroshima. Two years ago, it was found that the buildings are highly likely to collapse in the event of a strong earthquake. The buildings are not in use and will be demolished by 2022. The bomb killed around 80,000 and injured 35,000 others.


Nazi grave opened
- Police in Berlin are investigating who opened an unmarked grave of SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. He was a top Nazi and was killed by Czechoslovak officials in 1942. The grave was discovered opened last week, and no bones were removed. Heydrich was responsible for organizing mass murders of European Jews.

White Helmets co-founder dies - James Le Mesurier, a former British soldier who helped start Syria’s White Helmets volunteer group, died in a fall. He was found dead on a street, according to Turkey. Le Mesurier helped start the White Helmets Organization, a group who helped rescue civilians caught in attacks in the Syrian area.

Latin America

Twelve die in Guanajuato
- Officials in Mexico say 12 police officers were killed in Guanajuato, Mexico in only week. Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion said it was behind some of the murders. The cartel conducts fuel theft from oil pipelines, and it is also known to sell drugs to locals.

Chile accused of violating human rights - The UN has accused Chile police and armed forces of violating human rights. Protests have ensued in the country, and the UN says they have found four cases of unlawful deaths involving state officials. It is also believed that 345 people have suffered eye trauma from pellets while others have been tortured and sexually violated.

North America

Hallmark apologizes for taking same-sex ads off the air
- Hallmark’s cable network recently pulled ads for Zola, a wedding registry and planning site. The move caused criticism on social media channels, and others called for the network to be boycotted. Hallmark said it would put the advertisements back on air, and it apologized for its actions.

Obama speaks in Singapore - Former U.S. President Barack Obama spoke in Singapore, saying that if women ran every country, the world would improve in things like living standards. He said women aren’t perfect, but they are “indisputably better” than men. Obama added that most of the problems in the world come from old people, mainly men, hanging onto positions of power.





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