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A Week in Review 04/19/17
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By Joseph Rios


Nigeria foils Boko Haram attack - The Nigerian Secret Service said it stopped an alleged planned attack by Boko Haram. The terrorist group was allegedly prepared to carry out an attack on the U.S. and UK embassies in Abuja. Six Boko Haram members were arrested at the end of March for the planned attacks. Those who were arrested were linked to ISIS. The UK said it was grateful for the Nigerian Secret Service actions. The U. S. also expressed its gratitude and said it will continue to have a strong partnership with Nigeria.

New primate discovered in the Angolan jungle - Scientists said they have discovered a new primate species in the Angolan jungle. The primate is said to be the size of a squirrel and was discovered based on the species’ unique sounds. The primate’s call is loud and unique because of its longer notes.


North Korea tension continues Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has warned of a potential conflict regarding North Korea. Wang Yi said there would be no winners if a war with North Korea broke out. The United States recently sent a Navy carrier group near the Korean peninsula. President Donald Trump stated that North Korea would be “taken care of.” The North Korea military said it is ready for any actions that the United States makes toward the country. North Korea’s Deputy Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol said the Trump administration has been more aggressive toward its policy regarding North Korea.


European agencies said they intercepted Trump/Russia communications Numerous British and European intelligence agencies said they intercepted communications between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the U.S. Presidential election. The intelligence agencies said they passed the information to U.S. law officials. The British intelligence agency GCHQ said it didn’t intentionally pick up communications between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. The communications were intercepted during a “incidental collection.”

Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria Before the UN Security Council, Russia vetoed a UN resolution regarding the chemical weapons attack in Syria. Numerous civilians in Syria were killed with sarin gas during the attack. The UN resolution called for Russia to cooperate with the investigation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Nikki Haley, a U.S. Ambassador to the UN, said that with Russia’s veto, Russia “said no to helping keep peace in Syria.” This is the eighth time Russia vetoed a resolution regarding Syria since the beginning of the country’s civil war.

Latin America

Mexico, U.S. and Canada set eyes on 2026 FIFA World Cup - The United States, Canada and Mexico are planning to file a joint bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The proposal offers that the U.S. host 60 games, while Canada and Mexico would host 10 games each. Mexico was home to the tournament in 1970 and 1986 and it is the first country to host the event twice. Decio De Maria, the President of the Mexican Football Federation, said the details of the bid are not what Mexico was hoping for and added “it is what we got.” The Mexico City stadium Estadio Azteca may serve as the venue for the opening match of the tournament.

Politicians named in Operation Car Wash scandal - Brazilian judge Edson Fachin has called for the investigation of numerous politicians for their alleged roles in a bribery scandal. The politicians under investigation make up a third of Brazil President Michel Temer’s cabinet. The investigation revolves around companies allegedly accepting deals from the oil company Petrobras, in exchange for bribes. Amongst the politicians named in the investigation include Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes and former Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes.


U.S . drops “mother of all bombs” - In an effort to combat Islamic State group militants, the United States dropped a bomb over IS tunnels in the Nangarhar province. The bomb is known as “the mother of all bombs” and it is the most powerful non-nuclear bomb the U.S. has ever used. The Afghan defense ministry said no civilians were affected from the weapon. The U.S. defended the use of the bomb saying it was the right weapon for the right target. The Amaq news agency, an IS supporter, said that no IS members were affected from the bomb.

Arkansas to execute seven prisoners in 11 days - Arkansas is set to execute seven prisoners over a 11-day span. The motion has been met with controversy and rights groups are calling the future executions a violation of U.S. law. Pharmaceutical companies Fresenius Kabi USA and West-Ward Pharmaceuticals claimed the drugs used for the executions were gathered through a third party. The companies said they are the only ones who sell the drugs that Arkansas will use on the prisoners. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson defended the future executions and said he believes the prison staff will be able to handle the emotional burden of the executions.

Beloved comedian dies - Well-known comedian Don Rickles known as the insult comic has died at the age of 90. Rickles’ unique style of comedy using insults to draw laughter lasted a lifetime and entertained millions throughout his life.





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