Famous Tunisia blogger dies - Lina Ben Mhenni, a 36-year-old who was battling lupus, has died. She was a blogger and civil rights activist in Tunisia. Mhenni became well known during the revolution that saw Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, the country’s ruler, lose his position in 2011. Social media posts honoring Mhenni have spread out.
Sentencing for supporting IS in Egypt - At least 37 people in Egypt have been sent to jail for joining or supporting the Islamic State. Recently, there has been a rise in militants in the area that have killed hundreds of security members. Those who were sentenced are accused of planning attacks and spreading IS ideas.
Update on coronavirus - China is estimating that around 106 people have died from the coronavirus. As of Jan. 27, there have been at least 4,515 confirmed cases of the disease in China. Travel restrictions have been tightened to try to stop the spread of the virus as the Lunar New Year celebration is upon us. Beijing has stopped bus services to the Hubei province as a precaution.
Man leading protests against Pakistan army arrested - Manzoor Pashteen, who has helped publicize human rights abuses by the Pakistan army, has been arrested for alleged criminal conspiracy and sedition. He was taken into custody with nine others. Pashteen has sparked protests that have included tens of thousands of people in areas around the country. Some have said he’s being punished for demanding human rights, but Pakistan’s army denies doing anything wrong.
Holocaust Day - Leaders from Israel and Poland gathered to lay wreaths at the former Auschwitz death camp. Jan. 27 marked 75 years after Soviet troops liberated the camp. Nearly 1.1 million people, mainly Jews, were killed at the camp. The leaders warned of hatred and how it can threaten democracy in nations.
Nazi label on beer - Police in Germany are investigating the German Reich Brewery beer that includes a Nazi symbol on the front of it. Police believe the beer is linked to a known neo-Nazi, and all Nazi symbols are currently banned in Germany. The beer even sold out in some local markets in Germany. The beer first went on sale earlier this month.
Brazilian rainstorms - Around 30 people have died from rainstorms in Brazils, many of which were buried in landslides. At least 2,500 people have been forced to evacuate their homes, and 17 people are still missing. There has been seven inches of rain in a 24-hour period in Gerais, a state in Brazil.
Children in police - After a deadly attack on ten indigenous musicians allegedly carried out by a drug cartel, an indigenous community has recruited 20 children to be part of a community police in western Mexico. The children are between the ages of eight and 14 and have been pictured with rifles. The attacks took place in Guerrero.
Billie Eilish leads charge at Grammys - Billie Eilish, who debuted her album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go, took home five Grammy awards, including one for best new artist and one for song of the year. She is the youngest person to ever win a Grammy, replacing Taylor Swift for the title. Her older brother also won producer of the year for the work he did for her album.
Kobe Bryant passes - NBA legend Kobe Bryant passed away at the age of 41 in a helicopter along with eight others. Among those who died include his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016 and won five NBA Finals. Fans of his gathered outside the Staples Center to pay respect.