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A Week in Review 03/29/17
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By Joseph Rios


Dozens of officers decapitated in Congo - Officials in DR Congo said 40 police officers were decapitated by the Kamwina Nsapu militant group. The area has been subjected to violence after security forcers killed the Kamwina Nsapu leader. The officers who were attacked were traveling between Tshikapa and Kananga. The United Nations reported that 400 people have been killed since the Kamwina Nsapu’s leader was killed. The UN also said 200,000 people have been displaced since the Kamwina Nsapu’s leader’s death.

Gambia creates Truth and Reconciliation Commission - In an effort to investigate the abuse of power committed during former Gambia President Yahya Jammeh’s rule, Gambia will set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Gambia’s Justice Minister announced the move and also said Jammeh’s finances will also be investigated. Jammeh ruled Gambia for 22 years and allegations of torture and civilian disappearances have been raised. Jammeh fled the country when troops forced him to leave his position after losing in the country’s election.


Apartment building targeted in bombing - Two bombings in Sylhet, Bangladesh killed four civilians and two police officers. The bombings took place near an apartment building. Officials had been working to oust a group who were suspected Islamist militants. However, the group refused to surrender. The first bomb was brought to the area by two men on a motorcycle while the other bomb was brought in a bag of vegetables. The Islamic State said it was responsible for one of the bombings.


Terrorist attack kills three people in London - Three people were killed while 50 others were injured during a terrorist attack in London. Authorities alleged that Khalid Masood is responsible for carrying out the attack. Police said Masood is the man who drove a car into pedestrians. Masood was then shot dead by police after he stabbed an officer. Authorities said it is possible that Masood’s motive for the attack will never be known. Masood acted alone in the attack and authorities said there is no evidence that future attacks were planned.

Russian activist arrested - Alexei Navalny was arrested at an anti-corruption protest in Moscow. Navalny is an anti-Kremlin activist and he organized the protest. The protest was created to call for Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s resignation. Medvedev is currently facing corruption allegations. Along with Navalny’s arrest, 500 other protesters were arrested in Moscow and throughout Russia. The protest was the largest one Russia has seen since 2012. Protesters marched throughout Moscow chanting “Down with Putin” and “Russia without Putin.”

Latin America

Venezuela reaches out to the UN
With a struggling economy, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has reached out to the United Nations for help. Maduro is hoping to get more medicine for Venezuela. Venezuela’s Medical Federation reported that hospitals in the country have less than 5 percent of required medicine. Venezuela is also facing shortages of food and basic goods. Venezuela is in the midst of a dire economic crisis. The country has seen oil prices plummet, despite being home to some of the largest oil reserves.

Judge orders former Argentina President to stand trial - Former Argentina President Cristina Fernandez faces an uncertain future. Argentina Judge Claudio Bonadio ruled Fernandez should stand trial for allegations of committing fraud with state funds. Axel Kiciloff, Argentina’s former economy minister, has also been charged. Fernandez is also being investigated by officials for corruption. Fernandez has repeatedly claimed her innocence and said her charges are politically motivated.

North America

Trump gives green light on Keystone pipeline - The Trump administration has chosen TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The State Department said the controversial project is in the national interest. The project was originally blocked by former U.S. President Barack Obama. President Trump said the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline was a “great day for American jobs.” The project was originally met with protestors. Former Secretary of State John Kerry said the creation of the pipeline would threaten the environment.

Trump healthcare bill fails - President Donald Trump’s healthcare bill failed to gain enough votes from a Republican-controlled Congress. One of Trump’s key campaign promises was to replace former President Obama’s healthcare program, ObamaCare. According to a poll, only 17 percent of the public approved of Trump’s proposed healthcare bill. It was estimated that 24 million more people would be left without health insurance if Trump’s healthcare had been approved. Trump said the Democrats were the reason the bill failed to pass.





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