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A Week in Review 03/22/17
Photo courtesy: Andres Brender Facebook

By Joseph Rios


Migrants attacked by helicopter - The International Organization for Migration said dozens of people were killed on a boat occupied by Somali refugees. The boat was fired at from a helicopter near the coast of Yemen. The organization said women and children were amongst those murdered. It is unknown who is responsible for the attack. It also hasn’t been determined where the boat was coming from and where it was going to. Eighty people survived the attack and were taken to a hospital.

Huge diamond discovered in Sierra Leone - One of the world’s largest uncut diamonds was uncovered in Kono, a district in Sierra Leone. The diamond weighs 709 carats and was discovered by a Christian pastor. The diamond is one of the 20 largest diamonds to ever be discovered. It is now locked up in Sierra Leone’s central bank. Diamond analyst Matthew Nyaungwa said it is difficult to estimate the price of the diamond because the quality of it is more important than the size.


Interpol issues red notice for four North Koreans - The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) is on the hunt for four North Koreans who are believed to be connected to the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, Kim Jong Un’s half brother. Interpol has issued a “red notice” for the four suspects. The notice is similar to an international arrest warrant. However, the red notice issue is unlikely to have an impact because North Korea is not a member of Interpol. The four suspects are believed to have been at the airport the day Kim Jong-nam was killed.


Russia seeks to ban Jehovah Witnesses - Russia’s justice ministry is seeking a ban on Jehovah Witnesses. The ministry said Russian Jehovah Witnesses are sharing “extremist” literature and asked Russia’s Supreme Court to close the religion’s headquarters. The justice ministry said Jehovah Witnesses are violating Russian law on combating extremism. Jehovah Witnesses first registered in Russia in 1991. During Stalin’s reign, Jehovah Witnesses were often deported to Siberia.

Youth arrested for school shooting in France - A teenager in France was detained for carrying out a school shooting. The 17-year-old was allegedly armed with a rifle, two handguns and two explosives. Three students and a teacher were wounded during the attack. Authorities were able to stop the suspect almost immediately after the attack started. France’s Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said the suspect was “fragile” and fascinated by guns. None of the victims were critically injured from the attack.

Latin America

Mass grave in Veracruz discovered Mexican state prosecutor Jorge Winckler announced that a mass grave in Veracruz was found with 250 skulls buried. Winckler suggested that drug traffickers have used Veracruz to dispose of bodies for years. The grave hasn’t been fully searched yet and there is possible there could be more bodies. Winckler said Veracruz “could become the biggest mass grave in Mexico, or even the world.”

Chile set to create 17 national parks Kristine McDivitt Tompkins is planning to donate 1,008,189 acres of land to Chile. The donated land will be used to create 17 national parks. Tompkins is the widow of Doug Tompkins, one of the founders of the North Face brand. The national parks will stretch from Puerto Montt to Cape Horn. Tompkins said her husband considered national parks to be one of the greatest expressions of democracy that a country can achieve. Chile President Michelle Bachelet said the creation of the parks is a “key step to treasuring this giant source of biodiversity.”

North America

Military action against North Korea “on the table” - While on a trip to South Korea, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. might take military action against North Korea. Tillerson suggested that the country’s “strategic patience” police towards North Korea was over. Tillerson said military action was “on the table” if North Korea’s nuclear weapon program continued to make advancements. U.S. President Donald Trump, in a tweet, said North Korea was “behaving very badly” and had been “playing the United States for years.”

Spicer’s comments about wiretapping backlash - White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer suggested the UK’s communications intelligence agency GCHQ wiretapped President Donald Trump during the presidential election. The White House agreed not to make claims against the UK for wiretapping again and said Spicer was “pointing to public reports, not endorsing any specific story.” GCHQ responded to the claims by calling them “utterly ridiculous” and said Spicer’s statement should be ignored.





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