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A week in review 02/26/20
Photo courtesy: NASA - Katherine Johnson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nationís highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama on Nov. 24, 2015. On May 5, 2016, she returned to NASA Langley, on the 55th anniversary of Shepardís historic flight, to attend a ceremony where a $30 million, 40,000-square-foot Computational Research Facility was named in her honor. Johnson passed away on February 24, at the age of 101.

By Joseph Rios


Journalist freed
- Erick Kabendera, who had been charged with money laundering, tax evasion and leading organized crime, has been freed after being held for seven months. Kabendera has been known to criticize authorities and has been published in publications like The Guardian and newspapers in Tanzania. Rights groups had called for his release but said there hasnít been any justice for him.

Lesotho prime minister faces charges for murder - Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is seeking immunity from prosecution over allegations that he killed his former wife Lipolelo Thabane. She was shot on the side of a road when she was returning to her home in the country in 2017. The prime ministerís current wife, Maesaiah Thabane, is also being charged in the case.


Three die in India protests
- Two Muslim civilians and a policeman died as protests ensued in anticipation of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump. Protesters were demonstrating against the Citizenship Amended Act, a law that gives amnesty to non-Muslim immigrants from three Muslim-majority countries that are close to India. Some protesters believe the law is part of a plan to marginalize Muslims.

Pop group tells fans to not come to show amid coronavirus scare - The South Korean pop band BTS is asking fans to not go to their upcoming shows amid the coronavirus outbreak. The group will perform their shows, but they will not include a studio audience. BTS is going to film numerous TV shows in South Korea in anticipation of their upcoming album.


Car drives into German carnival
- At least 30 people were injured when a car drove into a crowd at a carnival parade in Germany. Police have arrested a 29-year-old German citizen for attempted homicide, but it is unclear who that person is, or why he or she allegedly committed the act. Residents were celebrating Rosenmontag at the time of the incident.

Anti-Semitic parade in Belgium - In Aalst, Belgium, a parade making fun of Jews took place over the weekend. People were dressed in Nazi SS uniforms and costumes mocking Jews. The city said the parade was in good fun and it was the cityís type of humor. Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes was among those who spoke out against the parade.

Latin America

Brazil senator shot
- Brazil Senator Cid Gomes has been injured after he was shot during a standoff with police. Members of Brazilís military police have been striking and protesting in an effort to get their pay raised. Gomes was driving a digger toward a fence when the officers shot him. He had organized a counter protest against the officers.

Mexican police arrest two in connection to child murder - Mexican police announced the arrest of a man and a woman who are accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering a seven-year-old girl earlier this month. The girl, Fatima Aldrighett, was found dumped in a bin bag. Police found items connecting the couple to her murder. Their identities have not been released, yet.

North America

Weinstein guilty
- Harvey Weinstein was convicted of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act in New York City on Feb. 24. He faces up to 25 years in prison and still has other charges pending against him over allegations of assaulting two women in Los Angeles in 2013. There have been at least 80 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.

Katherine Johnson passes - NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson has passed away at the age of 101. NASA said the African American woman helped break down racial and social barriers. She was portrayed in the film Hidden Figures that follows African American women who helped astronaut John Glenn into orbit around the planet in 1962.





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