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A week in review 02/12/20
Photo courtesy: - Two U.S. soldiers were killed on Sunday in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. Six others were wounded in what officials are calling an insider attack, when an Afghan dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fired killing Sgt. Jaguar Gutierrez (28), and Sgt. Antonio Rey Rodriguez (28). Their deaths mark the 5th and 6th killings of U.S. service members in 2020.

By Joseph Rios


Nigeria militants target people sleeping in vehicles
- At least 30 people were killed by suspected Islamist militants while they were sleeping in their cars at an overnight stop. There were around 18 vehicles that were destroyed in the attack and some women and children were abducted. It is unknown how many were abducted or which group carried out the attack.

Locust invade Uganda - Swarms of desert locusts have invaded at least two districts in Uganda. The country’s prime minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, called for an emergency meeting after the first group of the locusts were seen. The country is carrying out a plot to destroy the insects as around 2,000 soldiers will be deployed for the matter.


Four Chinese military officers charged
- The United States has charged four Chinese military officers in connection to a cyber attack on Equifax, a credit rating services. There were over 147 million Americans who were impacted by the hack in 2017. The hackers stole information like names and addresses. The four charged were Wang Qian, Xu Ke, Liu Lei, and Wu Zhiyong.

South Koreans take home best picture - The movie “Parasite” took home the best picture award at this year’s Oscars. The film is a comedy in Korean, and it was directed by Bong Joon-ho. Among other awards received include the best international feature. Many South Koreans took to social media to express their excitement about the recognition the film received at the Oscars.


Teen who criticized Islam forced to move schools
- Mila, a 16-year-old in France, has moved to a new school after receiving death threats for an Instagram post. She said Islam is a “religion of hate” on Instagram. She posted it after a Muslim called her a “dirty lesbian” on Instagram. Following her post, she received death threats and her personal information was also posted on websites, including where she goes to school.

Russian activists jailed - In Russia, seven Russian anarchists and anti-fascist activists have been sentenced to six to 16 years in prison with one of the activists being dished an 18-year term. The group is accused of plotting to overthrow the Russian government. Some civil rights groups have called for the activists to be released, saying the charges were made up.

Latin America

Raffling away a plane for hospitals
- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is raffling off his luxury plane. The money he makes from it will go toward state-run hospitals. The plane includes a suite and a private bathroom. The Mexican government is hoping to raise around $160 million for the plane. The winner of the raffle for the plane will be announced on Sept. 15.

Venezuela to receive help from Russia - Russia has pledged to improve military and economic relationships with Venezuela. The two countries recently met, and Russia said it plans to deepen its economic, commercial and investment co-operation in the country. Russia has lent billions of dollars to Venezuela to support the country’s oil industry and its military.

North America

U.S. troops killed
- At least three people were killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, including two U.S. troops. The third person was an Afghan soldier. It is believed an Afghan military member opened fire on the soldiers. There are around 13,000 U.S. troops that are still in Afghanistan. Nine others were injured in the incident.

Oscar views low - There were around 26.3 million people who watched the Oscars on Feb. 9 — compared to the 29.5 million people who watched the awards last year. For the second year in a row, there wasn’t a host for the Oscars. Among the films that took home awards include “Joker,” (Best Picture) “Ford vs Ferrari” and “1917.





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