Child suicide bombers in Nigeria One person was killed while 18 others were wounded when suicide bombers attacked a crowded market in Borno, Nigeria. Police believe that the two suicide bombers were between the ages of seven to eight years old. No group has yet to confess to the bombings, but the area has been under attacks by Boko Haram who has had a strong presence in Nigeria killing thousands of people over the years.
Church collapses in Nigeria Authorities have launched an investigation to determine what caused a church in Nigeria to collapse during a service killing at least 50 people. Udom Emmanuel, governor of Akwa, Nigeria was at the service and has ordered that Akwa fly flags at half-staff and the state will have two days of mourning. Emmanuel also ordered for the contractor of the building to be arrested.
South Korea to impeach President After weeks of scrutiny South Korea’s National Assembly has voted to impeach President Park Ggeun-hye in the wake of a corruption scandal. The vote to impeach her was 234-56. The impeachment process will take up to 180 days. Park apologized to South Koreans on national TV and said she caused a “big national chaos.” Prime Minster Hwang Kyo-ahn will replace Park and he vowed to “run state affairs in a correct manner.”
Soloman Islands hit by earthquake The Solomon Islands are recovering from an earthquake that hit close to their location. The earthquake reached a magnitude of 7.8 and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued out multiple tsunami warnings. Large cities in the islands have been left without electricity.
Dozens dead after bombing in Turkey The Kurdish Freedom Hawks, a militant group, claimed responsibility for bombings that took place in Istanbul, Turkey. The bombings resulted in the death of 38 people and 155 others being wounded. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that authorities arrested 13 people believed to be connected to the attack. The Kurdish Freedom Hawks released a statement through their website saying that the Turkish people were not the target of the attack.
Italy appoints new Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Italy’s Foreign Minister, has been appointed to be Italy’s next Prime Minister. Gentiloni was appointed to the position by Italian President Sergio Mattarella after the two met at the Palace of Quirinale. Gentiloni will serve as the country’s prime minister pending approval from parliament. Gentiloni will replace former prime minister Matteo Renzi, who resigned after constitutional changes he proposed were rejected.
Child raped and killed in Colombia Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos expressed his sympathy to the family of a seven-year-old girl who was raped and killed. The seven-year-old, Yuliana Samboni, was playing outside her home when she was kidnapped by a man in a van. Authorities found Samboni’s body in an apartment and there were signs of rape and torture. Rafael Uribe Noguera, the alleged rapist and killer, is currently in custody while authorities investigate the situation. Noguera has pled not guilty to charges of torture, femicide and rape.
Colombian President awarded Nobel Peace Prize - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in Colombia’s peace deal with the rebel group the Farc. During his acceptance speech, Santos called for the world to rethink the war on drugs. During his award acceptance speech, Santos also expressed his sympathy for families of victims of the conflict with Farc rebels. Santos won $925,000 along with his Nobel Peace Prize and said he will donate the money to help those victim’s families.
CIA says Russia helped Trump win According to a CIA assessment, U.S. officials believe Russia intervened in the country’s recent presidential elections. U.S. officials said they have “high confidence” that Russia targeted Hilary Clinton in an effort to help Trump become the president-elect. The CIA concluded that Russia hacked into the Republican National Committee’s computer systems. Along with president-elect Trump, Russian officials have denied their involvement in the U.S. presidential election.
South Carolina church shooter admits guilt - Dylann Roof, the man accused of shooting and killing nine black people in South Carolina, admitted his guilt. Jurors at Roof’s trial sat through a two-hour taped confession. The tape was filmed 17 hours after the shooting and showed Roof laughing as he admitted to the crimes. Roof told FBI agents he wanted to kill black people because they raped white women every day. Roof’s lawyers conceded that he is guilty and now focus their attention to fighting the death penalty.