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A week in review 03/04/20
Photo courtesy: - Shown above, countries colored in teal currently have COVID-19 cases of 1 or more. The U.S. has recorded imported cases of COVID-19 in travelers. Person-to-person spread was first reported among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan. The CDC reported community spread of the virus that casuses COVID-19 in California, Oregon, and Washington. Washington State has recorded the first two deaths from COVID-19 over the weekend and as of Monday the toll reached 6 deaths.

By Joseph Rios


Refugees removed from Cape Town
- Police have begun removing hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers in Cape Town, South Africa. The refugees had been staying at the Central Methodist Mission Church for four months, but the town’s council won a court case to evict them. Business people near the church were complaining about the area being dirty.

Man sentenced to death in Egypt - Hisham Ashmawy, who carried out numerous terror attacks, has been sentenced to death. He was a former special forces officer, but he turned into an Islamist militant. One of his attacks include the attempted assassination of former interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim in a suicide car bombing. Ashmawy had been known as Egypt’s most wanted man.


North Korea missile tests - North Korea has fired off two projectiles, according to South Korea’s military. The launchings took place near the Sea of Japan from North Korea’s east coast. The projectiles are believed to be short-range ballistic missiles. The testing marked the first time the country has tested missiles this year.

Coronavirus update - The World Health Organization’s Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the world is in uncharted territory with the coronavirus. The World Health Organization says it has never seen a respiratory virus that is capable of community transmission. The organization said that there is still a possibility to push the virus back.


Migrants may head to EU - Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said millions of migrants and refugees will soon head toward Europe. He announced the country couldn’t enforce a 2016 deal with the European Union anymore that prevented migrants from entering Europe. His announcement comes as the country continues in a conflict with Syria.

Vatican opens new archives - The Vatican has opened archives that date back to the Holocaust and the era of Pope Pius XII. The archives were closed off due to accusations that the former Pope neglected the Holocaust. Some accuse Pius XII of knowing Nazi Germany was murdering Jews and not acting on it. The Vatican says he worked out of public eye to help save Jews.

Latin America

Argentine president wants legal abortion - Argentina President Alberto Fernandez announced he will send a bill to legalize abortion to congress. He became the country’s president last December and called abortion a matter of public health. Abortion is not allowed in the country, unless under cases of rape or a mother’s health being jeopardized.

Sculpture returned to Nigeria - Mexico has returned an ancient bronze sculpture to Nigeria. The sculpture was seized by customs officers at an airport in Mexico City. It comes from south-west Nigeria, an area known for art pieces that show royalty from the Yoruba kingdom. The artifact had been illegally exported.

North America

Judge Judy to end - After being on television for 25 years, Judge Judy will end. Judy Sheindlin said she would air another show on another network. Sheindlin sold her show’s library to CBS for nearly $100 million in 2017. There have been over 5,000 episodes of the show that have been broadcasted. It features Sheindlin ruling on small claims cases.

Buttigieg and Klobuchar end their campaigns* - Presidential candidate Pete Buttigeig suspended his campaign and endorsed Vice President Joe Biden. Senator Amy Klobuchar also suspended her campaign as it never gained significant momentum, nor gained appeal to moderate voters. Klobuchar also endorsed Vice President Biden.





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