Hotel Rwanda icon convicted - Paul Rusesabagina, who was depicted in a film about a hero during the Rwandan genocide, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for terrorism. He was found guilty of backing a rebel group that carried out deadly attacks in 2018 and 2019. The United States said it is concerned by the conviction and his family called the trial a sham. His family also said Rusesabagina was taken to Rwanda by force. He currently lives in the United States.
Endangered South African penguins found dead - Officials in South Africa said 63 African penguins have been killed by a swarm of bees. The birds were found on the shore with multiple bee-stings. It is the first known attack at Boulders Beach. Typically, bees and penguins co-exist. Biologists believe that a nest or hive was disturbed, causing bees to flee and become aggressive.
Children given limit on social media channel in China - Chinese authorities are limiting the amount of time children under the age of 14 can spend on Douyin, China’s version of TikTok. Children will only be allowed to spend 40 minutes a day on the app. China has recently been cracking down on teenagers’ use of technology. Last month, the country banned children under the age of 18 from playing video games during the week.
Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippines president - Manny Pacquiao, the only boxer to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, will run for president of the Philippines next year. He was nominated by the current ruling party, PDP-Laban. Pacquiao, who is 42, currently holds a senator position in the Philippines’ parliament. He pledged to campaign against poverty and corruption.
Six killed at Russian University - In the Russian city of Perm, a gunman opened fire, killing six people and injuring 28 others. The gunman was identified as a student and carried out the attack on Monday morning. The attacker was shot by a police officer and detained. Russia President Vladimir Putin called the shooting a great loss for the whole country.
France asks Algerian veterans for forgiveness - France President Emmanuel Macron asked Algerians who fought for France during Algeria’s war of independence for forgiveness. Macron admitted France failed in its duty to the group. Those who fought for France, known as the Harkis, lived in poor conditions behind barbed fenced wires after the government refused to recognize their rights to stay in France.
Bitcoin protest in El Salvador - Thousands of people in El Salvador took to the streets to protest the country introducing Bitcoin as its legal tender. Government officials said cryptocurrency will help Salvadorans working abroad to send money back home. Protesters are concerned Bitcoin will bring instability and inflation. Along with Bitcoin, the U.S. dollar is also El Salvador’s main currency.
Justice Minister sacked in Haiti - Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry has fired the country’s Justice Minister after a prosecutor sought charges against him over the murder of President Jovenel Moise. Recently, a senior official resigned from his position saying he would not work under Henry as well. Phone records show Henry had phone conversations with one suspect hours after Moise was killed.
U.S. to open to fully vaccinated travelers - The United States plans to ease coronavirus travel restrictions. In November, the country will allow residents from the UK, EU and other nations to travel to the United States as long as they are fully vaccinated. Travel restrictions have been imposed in the country since early last year. Travelers will also be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test and to show their contact information.
FBI searches Gabby Petito’s fiancé’s home - The FBI is searching for Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of 22-year-old Gabby Petito. She is believed to be dead after not returning home from a month long road trip with Laundrie. He returned home alone and is considered to be a “person of interest” in the case. Laundrie was last seen on Sept. 14.