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A week in review 08/05/20
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By Joseph Rios


Tanzania makes move against protests
- Tanzania has banned residents from organizing protests online. Groups opposed against the country’s government have said Tanzania President John Magufuli has restricted media and others who criticize the government. Magufuli came into office five years ago.

Bomb at Somalia restaurant - At least two security guards were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a restaurant in Mogadiushu. Customers were injured, and no group has been linked to the attack. The bomber is said to have carried out the attack after that individual was confronted by the security guards.


Attack on Afghanistan prison
- The Islamic State group said it is responsible for an attack on a prison in Afghanistan. The attack left at least 29 people dead, and at least 300 inmates were able to escape the prison. Most of the prisoners in the prison were Taliban and Islamic State fighters.

China assists Hong Kong with COVID-19 testing - China sent a team of 60 people, including seven health officials, to Hong Kong to assist with COVID-19 testing. The creation of the team marked the first time China has assisted Hong Kong with COVID-19 issues. Hong Kong reported 115 new coronavirus cases on Sunday. The city has seen a total of 3,511 cases.


COVID-19 outbreak on cruise ship
- Hundreds of residents are quarantined after a Norwegian cruise ship saw at least 41 passengers and crew members test positive for the coronavirus. Hurtigruten, a Norwegian firm that owns the cruise ship, has stopped all cruises after the outbreak. Meanwhile, Norway’s government said it will stop all cruise ships with more than 100 people for at least two weeks.

Stray bullet kills 12-year-old - In Sweden, a 12-year-old girl was killed during a drive-by shooting on Sunday. No arrests have been made, and the victim remains unidentified. Gang incidents have been on the rise in Sweden as the country said last year it was establishing a task force to address gang violence. There have been 163 shootings in Sweden this year.

Latin America

Journalist killed in Iguala
- Pablo Morrugares, a Mexican journalist, was killed by gunmen when they entered a restaurant where he was having dinner. Morrugares had a bodyguard that was assigned to him in 2016. He was the editor of PM Noticias, and according to Reporters Without Borders, he was the fourth journalist killed in Mexico this year.

Mexico schools to remain closed - Mexican schools will remain closed as the country approaches its first day of school on August 24. Esteban Moctezuma, Mexico’s education minister, said the decision was made to protect students and teachers. At least 47,000 people have died in Mexico, and over 430,000 cases have been confirmed.

North America

New phase of pandemic
- Deborah Birx, the United States Global AIDS Coordinator, said the coronavirus is “extraordinarily widespread.” Birx reiterated the importance to wear masks and practice social distancing as the United States has recorded more cases than any other country. There have been 4 million people who have been infected with the coronavirus in the United States, and 154,834 people have died from the virus.

Wildfire in California - At least 7,800 residents from east Los Angeles were forced to evacuate their homes as a wildfire spread throughout California. There have been more than 1,300 firefighters working to extinguish the fires. The wildfire is around 26,450 acres big.





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