Journalist arrested in Thailand - After sharing a profile of Thailand’s new king, Maha Vajiralongkorn, Jatupat Boonpattararaksa has been arrested. Boonpattararaksa was charged with insulting the monarchy under a royal defamation law. The arrest is believed to be the first time someone was charged under the law since Vajiralongkorn became a king. If convicted, Boonpattararaksa could face up to 15 years in prison. Numerous rights groups have accused the Thailand government of using the royal defamation law as a way to eliminate those who oppose the government.
Gambia elects new President - Adam Barrow has been elected as Gambia’s new President. Yahya Jammeh, the man who served as the country’s president for 22 years, said that he will step down. Barrow is a property developer who has never held a position as a politician. Barrow’s victory was seen as a huge upset. Gambians flooded the streets in celebration of Barrow’s upset. Gambia has suffered from poverty and unemployment and has caused people from the country to migrate.
Militias exchange gunfire in Tripoli - Libya, the capital of the country, is seeing the heaviest fighting in two years between rival militias. Officials in Libya said that eight people have been killed and at least 20 have been inured. Amongst those who were killed, or injured in the violence were civilians. France’s Foreign Ministry expressed their concern for the increase of violence in the area. Many businesses in the area have been forced to temporarily shut down and some residents have been forced to stay at home.
Italian Prime Minster resigns - After preparing a plan to reform the Italian constitution, Prime Minster Matteo Renzi has resigned after a vote. According to polls, 54-58 percent of the Italian people voted against the reform of the constitution. Renzi believed that the reforms he was introducing would have cut Italy’s bureaucracy and made the country more efficient. The euro dropped against the dollar when the results of the vote were determined.
Castro’s ashes spread throughout Santiago - Large crowds gathered as Fidel Castro’s ashes were spread throughout the Cuban city of Santiago. The ceremony was described as being “simple.” No speeches were given about the former Cuban President. The spreading of Castro’s ashes marked the end of a nine-day national mourning in Cuba. Cuban President Raul Castro, Fidel Castro’s brother, said that he will “defend the fatherland and socialism.”
Victory for Dakota Access Pipeline protestors - After months of protests, a government representative of North Dakota announced that the Dakota Access Pipeline will not be approved. The government announced it will explore other routes for the pipeline crossing. House Speaker Paul Ryan called the situation a “big-government decision-making at its worst.” The pipeline project was protested by thousands, including the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
Fire warehouse kills dozens in Oakland - Officials in Oakland, California announced that they have recovered 36 bodies after a warehouse caught ablaze. There are still a “significant number” of people missing as authorities have only searched 70 percent of the building. The building was recently inspected citing various violations. There was only one exit on the second floor and there were no sprinklers within the building.