Terrorist group raising millions a month - According to the Hiraal Institute, the Islamist militant group al-Shabab is raising at least $15 million a month. The group often uses intimidation and violence against business owners. Al-Shabab controls southern and central portions of Somalia.
Rwanda’s first cardinal named On Sunday - Pope Francis named Antoine Kambanda, the Archbishop of Kigali, as one of 13 new cardinals. Kambanda is the first Rwandan to reach the level of cardinal and was named a bishop in 2013. He was the only African named as one of the new cardinals and will be installed at a ceremony in late November.
Chinese city tested for virus - The entire Chinese city of Kashgar was tested for the coronavirus. There were around 4.7 million people tested in the city, and 138 asymptomatic cases were discovered. Schools in the city have been closed, and citizens are not allowed to travel outside of the city unless they can show proof of a negative test. China’s death toll from COVID-19 related deaths is at 4,634.
Jehovah Witnesses working as civilian administrators in South Korea - Jehovah Witnesses in South Korea are working as civilian administrators in South Korean jails. Military conscription is mandatory in South Korea, but faith-based communities are not convicted or jailed for not fighting in the military. Instead, South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that faith-based communities are allowed to do community service for their military service.
Protesters in Poland block roads - Thousands of people showed up in Warsaw to protest against a near-total ban on abortion. Protesters blocked main intersections and slowed down cars for nearly an hour. The country has been influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and some have said the protests came as a surprise. Abortion is only legal in certain cases of rape or incest.
Turkish-backed militia fighters killed - Russia carried out air strikes in the northern area of Syria, killing at least 50 Turkish-backed militia fighters. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 78 people died from the attacks. The air strikes targeted a training base for an Islamist group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was the deadliest attack since a ceasefire started in March.
Endangered frogs have 200 offspring - Loa water frogs in the Santiago Zoo produced 200 offspring. The frogs were airlifted to the zoo in 2019 after they were found in a puddle in the Atacama desert in Chile. They were found dehydrated and malnourished. Zoo officials said the next challenge will be to restore the frogs’ habitat to allow them to return to the wild.
Seven bodies in container found by Paraguay - Paraguay officials discovered the remains of seven people in a fertilizer container. It is believed the bodies are to undocumented immigrants who had been missing from Serbia since July. Three of the bodies were from Morocco and one was from Egypt. Officials are now working to identify the victims.
White House officials say pandemic cannot be controlled - White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows admitted that the United States is “not going to control the pandemic.” Meadows said the virus can only be defeated by mitigation areas like vaccines and therapeutics. Former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden said the White House was waving the white flag.
Toymakers expect increased Christmas sales - The creator of Monopoly and Jenga told its investors earlier this week that it is poised for a good holiday season. Barbie dolls recently hit their highest quarterly sales since 2003. Experts say toy Christmas sales may be high as Americans aim to fight boredom during the pandemic.