Hospitals vandalized in Ethiopia - Almost 70 percent of health facilities in Tigray, Ethiopia have been vandalized. The area has been under conflict since November when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered an offense to oust the region’s former ruling party. Only 13 percent of 106 health facilities in Tigray were operating between December and early March.
Teachers abducted in Nigeria - Three teachers were abducted by gunmen in the Nigerian state of Kaduna. It is expected the gunmen were carrying out abductions for ransom. Nearly 800 secondary school students have been abducted in northern Nigeria since late last year. All of them have been released except for 39 female students who are still in captivity.
COVID cases quickly rising in India - India reported 26,291 new coronavirus cases on Monday. It is the highest single-day spike this year that the country has reported. Cases were dropping in India at the beginning of the year, but the country has followed measures designed to slow the virus. India has recorded at least 11 million cases and has recorded 158,000 virus-related deaths.
Sandstorm rocks Beijing - Beijing is experiencing its worst sandstorm in the past ten years as pollution levels have hit 160 times the recommended limit. Flights have been canceled, and skies above the city has turned to an orange haze color. Strong winds are causing the sandstorm. People with respiratory diseases have been advised to stay inside while schools are canceling outdoor events.
Catholic Church says it can’t bless same-sex unions - The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the Catholic Church does not have the power to bless same-sex unions. Last October, Pope Francis said in a documentary that same-sex couples should be allowed to have civil unions. Parishes in Germany and the United States had started giving blessings to seized in Spain same-sex couples in an effort to welcome gay Catholics to the church.
Homemade submarine - During a drug bust in which a haul of cocaine and other drugs were seized in Spain, a homemade submarine was discovered. The submarine had the capacity to transport two tons of drugs. Approximately 52 people were detained during the raid. Submarines have been used in the past to transport drugs in other parts of the world.
Guatemalan migrants laid to rest - In Comitancillo, a town in Guatemala, 1,500 people gathered over the weekend to remember 16 migrants who were killed earlier this year. The migrants were discovered in a lorry near the U.S.-Mexico border in January. It is believed they were killed during a turf war between gangs. At least 12 Mexican police officers have been arrested over the killings.
Vehicle carrying Argentina president attacked - Protesters attacked a minibus carrying Argentina President Alberto Fernandez. Crowds threw stones and punched the vehicle outside a community center as the president was visiting an area impacted by forest fires. The protest was against plans to open-pit mining in the southern province of Chubut.
Arrests made in attack on Capitol Police officer - Two men were charged for using bear spray on a Capitol Police officer during the Capitol riots from earlier this year. That officer, Brian Sicknick, was one of five people killed during the riot. The men who were charged for using bear spray on him face up to 20 years in prison and had a plan to use the spray against law enforcement. Hundreds of Americans have been arrested in connection to the Capitol attack.
Minneapolis will pay George Floyd’s family millions - The city of Minneapolis reached a $27 million settlement with George Floyd’s family. Floyd, a Black man, was killed while police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes. His death sparked protests around the world. Meanwhile, six out of 12 jurors have been selected for Chauvin’s hearings, which begin March 29.