Libyan rebel forces make move - Rebels in Libya have taken control of Sirte, a city that is considered to be a significant gain. The rebels are loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, and recently, Turkey announced it was bringing troops into the country to support Libya’s government. Libya is backed by the UN as is Turkey. Libya has seen plenty of conflict since its former ruler Muammar Gaddafi was killed in 2011.
Zimbabwe Vice President’s wife let out on bail - Marry Mubaiwa, the wife of Zimbabwe Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, has been released on bail for $50,000 after being arrested last month. She is accused of trying to kill her husband and for being involved in fraud and money laundering. Mubaiwa has denied all charges, and a date has yet to have been set for her trial.
Fire in Australia - Australian fires have been sweeping headlines. Fires in the area have caused nearly 9,000 claims for damage and destruction since they began in September. At least 25 people have died since the fires started and over 1,500 homes have been destroyed. Recently, rain hit the area and brought relief, but the large fires are expected to continue.
Campus attack in India - Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University, an Indian university, are protesting against an attack that took place by masked men last Sunday. The attack left at least 40 students and staff from the school injured and in the hospital. Protests are also taking place in cities like Delhi, and police say they have identified some of the alleged attackers.
New president in Croatia - Zoran Milanovic, who’s political views align with centre-left, has won the presidential position in Croatia. He said he aims to heal division and says his election has brought hope and faith to the country. Milanovic defeated Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, a conservative. Grabar-Kitarovic had been president since 2015.
German police shoot knifeman - Police in Germany have shot and killed a 37-year-old Turkish citizen who is believed to have been ill. The Turkish man tried to attack officers in the German city of Gelsenkirchen. He hit a police car with a stick and tried to assault two officers. He was shot four times after refusing orders from the officers.
Mexican prison riot turns deadly - In Cieneguillas, Zacatecas, a prison riot broke out, killing at least 16 inmates. The riot lasted for about two and a half hours, and prisoners were able to get their hands on guns and knives. Violence in Mexican prisons are common, because they are often filled with inmates who are part of drug gangs.
Tons of cocaine found in Uruguay - Authorities in Uruguay discovered six tons of cocaine that is believed to be worth at least $1.3 billion. The majority of it was found in four soy flour containers while another 1.5 tons were found on a ranch. Uruguay is a point for drug traffickers to move drugs to Africa and Europe.
Weinstein charged in L.A. - As he was showing up for court in New York, Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape in Los Angeles. The city charged him for alleged sexual assault on two women back in 2013. Weinstein is currently facing up to 28 years in prison, and he denies all of the charges against him. Jury selection started in New York for his trial earlier in the week.
Bedbugs released in Pennsylvanian Walmart - Recently, a manager at a Walmart in Pennsylvania discovered bed bugs inside a pill bottle inside a coat for sale at the store. It is believed the bedbugs were released into the store on purpose, and an investigation is underway. No suspects have been discovered in connection to the case.