Nelson Mandela’s daughter passes - Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 59. Mandela was an activist and served as an ambassador to Denmark. Cause of death remains unknown. She recently voiced support for land reform in South Africa.
Alcohol banned again in South Africa - To help stop the spread of COVID-19, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a ban on the sale of alcohol for the second time this year. South Africa has over 275,000 cases of the virus. The country is predicting deaths from the virus could increase to 50,000 by the end of 2020.
Seoul mayor dies - Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon was found dead in the woods last Friday in an apparent suicide. He was recently accused of sexual harassment from a woman who said he harassed her for four years. The country is planning a five-day funeral this week.
China issues sanctions against U.S. Senators - China announced sanctions against U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio who have recently criticized the country. The United States recently imposed sanctions on Chinese officials in connection to alleged human rights abuses against Muslim minorities. Nearly a million Muslims have been detained in prison camps in Xinjiang.
Poland re-elects president - Poland President Andrzej Duda won 51.2 percent of the country’s presidential election. Duda is conservative and has worked on reforms against abortion and gay rights. Poland’s government has promised to keep its welfare system during the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 presidential election was Poland’s closest one since 1989.
German police search for armed homeless man - German police are searching for 31-year-old Yves Rausch who is allegedly armed with pistols and a bow and arrows. Rausch is known for previous offenses like illegal possession of firearms. He was prepared to surrender to police on Sunday but pulled out a pistol and aimed it at officers. Police have been searching the Black Forest for Rausch.
Student’s remains found in Mexico - Bone fragments in Mexico were found to belong to a student who disappeared with 42 others in Guerrero in 2014. They belonged to Christian Alfonso Rodriguez Telumbre. The group’s disappearance has been controversial in the country. One report suggested a criminal gang killed the group, but other independent investigations have discredited the report.
Former Mexican state governor arrested - Cesar Duarte, the former governor of Chihuahua, was arrested in Miami after being on the run for over three years. Duarte is accused of embezzling public funds and faces corruption charges. He is facing extradition to Mexico. Duarte served as governor from 2010 to 2016.
Washington Redskins football team to get new name - The Washington Redskins NFL football team said it will retire the Redskins name after sponsors of the team called on it to change its name. The team’s owner, Dan Snyder, and coach Ron Rivera are working together on a new name. Native Americans have called on the team to change its name for years saying it was offensive.
Glee star missing - Naya Rivera, known for her role in the TV show “Glee” is missing after going on a boat ride with her son at Lake Piru last Wednesday. On Monday, authorities discovered a body but have not given any further details about the discovery. Rivera’s son said he saw his mother disappear beneath the water.
Preston loses battle to breast cancer - Beloved star and wife of John Travolta, Kelly Preston has died of breast cancer at the age of 57. The couple had been married since 1991. Preston starred in many films, including the well known Jerry McGuire where she played opposite Tom Cruise.