Hotel Rwanada icon charged - Paul Rusesabagina, who is known from the movie “Hotel Rwanda” for his efforts to save Tutsis from genocide, has been charged with terrorism, murder and more. He leads MRCD, which is accused of having an armed wing that stages attacks on Rwanda. Rusesabagina has been a critic of the country’s president, Paul Kagame.
Fire kills 10 in Tanzania - At least 10 children are dead after a fire swept through a dormitory in the Byamungu English Medium Primary School in Tanzania. Villagers struggled to put the fire out in the building that was home to 74 students. It is unknown how the fire started.
Death sentences in Vietnam - Two brothers have been sentenced to death in Vietnam for their role in the deaths of three policemen. Meanwhile, 27 other people were given jail sentences for their roles in the deaths of the officers. The brothers, Le Dinh Cong and Le Dinh Chuc, masterminded an attack on the three policemen that saw them set on fire and burned to death.
New Japanese prime minister - Yoshihide Suga is in position to become Japan’s new prime minister, replacing former prime minister Shinzo Abe. Abe recently resigned from the position because of his health. Suga is currently serving as chief cabinet secretary for Japan. It is expected that he will continue Abe’s policies. Suga will hold the position until at least September of 2021 during election season.
Greece to build migrant center - Greece plans to build a reception center for migrants and refugees on Lesbos. The center will replace the Moria camp, which was overcrowded and left 12,000 people without shelter and in dangerous conditions after it burned down last week. Migrants and refugees have recently been protesting against plans to build another camp.
Climate change continues in Greenland - In Greenland, a large piece of ice broke from the Arctic’s largest remaining ice shelf. This year and last year, the area saw record high temperatures during the summer. The ice shelf has also been hit by warmer sea temperatures. American and German satellites recently showed that Greenland is melting at a fast pace.
Schools to remain closed in Venezuela - Schools in Venezuela will remain closed until at least 2021, at the earliest. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made the announcement on Sunday, saying lessons will be carried out remotely or on television. Venezuela has the slowest internet in Latin America that is frequently impacted by power cuts.
Impeachment process started for Peru president - Martin Vizcarra, president of Peru, is accused of misusing public funds and trying to cover it up. He has denied any wrongdoing, but after a vote by Peru’s Congress, he is facing impeachment. The next step in the process will see lawmakers debate whether or not he should be removed for moral incapacity. Vizcarra accused congress of creating a political coup.
Bloomberg steps in to help Biden - Mike Bloomberg plans to donate at least $100 million to help Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in Florida. Florida has the biggest share of Electoral College votes. Bloomberg recently spent $1 billion trying to become the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party. President Donald Trump has alluded to the possibility of spending his own money in Florida.
Statue removed in Charlottesville - Three years ago, Charlottesville, Virginia was home to a far-right rally. Now, a statue of a Confederate soldier has been taken down. Amid anti-racism protests in the country, numerous statues depicting Confederate figures have been removed this year. The statue has sat in front of the Albemarle County courthouse since 1909.