Children killed in bus accident Gauteng, South Africa is mourning the death of 19 children. The children were killed in a mini bus crash. The bus caught fire when it collided with a truck near the capital of Pretoria. The Gauteng Education Department said the bus driver underestimated the speed of the truck while he was turning the bus. Panyaza Lesufi, an education official in Gauteng, called the incident a “dark day.”
Taliban attack Afghan military base Taliban militants killed at least 50 Afghan soldiers on a military base in Balkh, Afghanistan. Taliban militants disguised themselves in army uniforms and were able to get through multiple military checkpoints before carrying out the attack. The Taliban targeted the Afghan National Army’s 209th Corps. The 209th Corps are responsible for security in the majority of northern Afghanistan.
French president candidates make final pitch - As the French presidential race nears an end, the candidates made their final push for votes on TV. All 11 candidates made their final push for votes. During her time on TV far-right leader Marine Le Pen criticized the European Union. She is seen as a front runner in the election along centrist Emmanuel Macron. Macron made his pitch to the French by saying his first duty of potentially being president would be to protect the French citizens. Two officers were wounded and one policeman was killed in central Paris recently.
Russia rules against practicing Jehovah Witnesses - Jehovah Witnesses are now officially ruled as an outlawed religious group in Russia. The Russian Supreme Court ruled that the religious group is an extremist organization and that it distributes pamphlets promoting hatred. Jehovah Witnesses said it has at least 175,000 practitioners in Russia. Russia’s justice ministry called for the Russian Supreme Court to close the Jehovah Witnesses’ national headquarters.
Venezuela company donated money to Trump’s inauguration - Papers filed with the Federal Election Commission revealed that Venezuela donated $500,000 to United States President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The state owned oil company Citgo Petroleum was one of the companies listed that donated to Trump’s inauguration. The Federal Election Commission papers also revealed that Pepsi and Walmart donated to Trump’s inauguration along with owners of NFL teams. Venezuela is currently in a dilemma as protests continue throughout the country calling for President Nicolas Maduro to resign.
Sessions creates controversy with Hawaii comment - U.S. Attorney General Sessions created controversy for himself when he was a guest on The Mark Levin Show. While on the show Sessions was asked about the Hawaiian judge who blocked President Trump’s immigration order. Sessions said he is amazed that “a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific” had the ability to stop Trump’s executive order. The hashtag “#IslandinthePacific” began to trend on Twitter in response to Sessions’ comments. Hawaii’s Department of the Attorney General used the hashtag on Twitter and shared an image of the act that made Hawaii a state in 1959.