Measles vaccination kills ten in South Sudan - Over ten people died in South Sudan due to a failed measles vaccination attempt. An investigation revealed that the vaccine was not stored properly and it caused the children to be infected. Those vaccinating the children were not qualified or trained to carry out the process, according to South Sudan’s health minister.
India Prime Minister holds conference with French President - In the midst of President Donald Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris climate deal, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country will go “above and beyond” to fight climate change. In a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, Modi said the Paris climate deal reflects “our duty to protect Mother Earth.” India currently ranks fourth amongst nations with its use of carbon dioxide.
Ireland elects first gay prime minister - Leo Varadkar is making history by becoming the first gay prime minister in Ireland. Varadkar is also set to become the youngest leader in Ireland history as he beat housing minister Simon Coveney. Varadkar said his victory shows that “prejudice has no hold in this Republic.” The new prime minister said he will focus his attention on Northern Ireland and Brexit. Varadkar said Northern Ireland will leave the EU, but he would like to see special arrangements for Northern Ireland.
London targeted by terrorists again London saw another terrorist attack when a van hit people walking on the London Bridge. After the van hit pedestrians, three men got out the vehicle and stabbed victims near the Borough Market. The men were killed by police and 12 others were arrested. The attack marked the third one to occur in the UK over the past three months. English prime minister Theresa May said, “time to say enough is enough.” The attack left seven people dead and 48 others injured.
Former Brazilian politician arrested - In a video released last month former Brazilian congressman Rodrigo Rocha Loures was seen carrying a bag with $154,000 in it. Authorities alleged that Rocha Loures was handing the bag to a business man who has ties to Brazil President Michel Temer. Now police have arrested Rocha Loures as authorities are cracking down on an alleged bribery scandal. Prosecutors recently received audio tape of Temer encouraging the bribing of a witness. Temer has denied involvement in a bribery scandal.
Intelligence officers sentenced to prison - Over 100 intelligence officers have been sentenced in Chile for kidnapping and murdering activists in 1974 and 1975. The activists were sent to torture facilities in Santiago where Judge Hernan Cristoso said they were never seen again. This occurred during General Pinochet’s reign in Chile when 3,000 people died, or went missing. Former generals Cesar Manriquez Bravo and Raul Iturriaga Neumann were amongst the intelligence officers sentenced to prison.
Trump backs out of Paris climate change agreement - President Donald Trump recently announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement. Trump’s decision made the United States one of three countries outside the agreement. During the presidential election Trump called climate change a hoax. However, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said that Trump believes the climate is changing and that the U.S. has a responsibility to it.
Bill Maher under fire after using the ‘N’ word - Comedian Bill Maher created controversy for himself when he used the ‘N’ word as a joke while on live TV. Maher apologized for using the term and said that he regrets doing it in a statement. The comedian currently hosts a show called “Real Time With Bill Maher” on HBO. HBO said Maher’s actions were “completely inexcusable and tasteless.”