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A week in review 08/12/20
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By Joseph Rios


Nigerian singer sentenced to death
- Yahaya Sharif-Aminu was found guilty of blasphemy for a song he shared on WatsApp in March. His song is accused of elevating another figure above Muhammad. Sharif-Aminu had been in hiding before being arrested. He was sentenced to death but can still appeal the court’s ruling.

Kenyan National Park on fire - After two days, the Kenya Wildfire Service said it has contained a large fire at Tsavo National Park. Volunteers and the military assisted in putting out the fire as police say they are searching for suspects. Tsavo National Park is home to animals like lions, elephants and buffaloes. The park is a popular tourist destination.


Toshiba to stop PC and laptop production
- The Japanese owned company Toshiba sold its last stake in the computer producer Dynabook, ending the company’s computer and laptop production after 35 years. Toshiba first launched a laptop in 1985. In 2011, the company enjoyed success as it sold over 17 million personal computers. In 2016, they sold 1.9 million computers.

China sanctions some U.S. senators - After the United States sanctioned 11 Chinese officials and allies in Hong Kong, China announced it will impose sanctions on 11 Americans. Among those who will be sanctioned include Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Kenneth Roth, executive director of the Human Rights Watch, was also sanctioned by China.


Beluga whales returned to sea
- After being captured by a Russian whale research firm in 2011 and taken to a water park in China, two beluga whales will return to sea. The whales will be held at an open water sanctuary for belugas in Iceland. Experts have monitored the whales to ensure they are eating properly and staying healthy.

Rising migrant crossing in the UK UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country needs to look at changing its asylum laws as migrants continue to cross the English Channel. He said it’s difficult to legally return people when they arrive in the UK or France from small boats. At least 4,000 people have crossed the English Channel this year.

Latin America

Brazil eclipses 100,000 deaths
- At least 100,000 people in Brazil have died from the coronavirus. The death toll is the world’s second highest, and the virus is continuing to sweep throughout the country. Shops and restaurants recently reopened as Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has opposed measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Junk food to children banned in Oaxaca - Oaxaca, Mexico has banned the sale of junk food and sugary drinks to children. The state has one of the world’s highest rates of childhood obesity. If a person breaks the new law, they can be fined and possibly have their businesses closed. Approiximately 73 percent of the Mexican population is considered overweight.

North America

Trump signs new order
- President Donald Trump has signed a new order that will provide economic aid to those who have suffered financial burdens during the pandemic. Trump said the order will provide $400 per week in unemployment benefits to Americans. Unemployed Americans were recently receiving $600 a week until July 31. Federal student loan payments will continue to be suspended as well.

Democrats want U.S. Postal Service investigation - Congressional Democrats are asking for an investigation into decisions made by U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Democrats say cost-cutting at the U.S. Postal Service could impact vote count this upcoming presidential election. President Trump has suggested postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results. There is no evidence supporting Trump’s claim.





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