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A week in review 7/12/2017
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By Joseph Rios


Niger Army accidentally kills 14 people - Niger’s army accidently killed 14 civilians in the Abadam village. The country’s army mistook the civilians for the militant Boko Haram group. The victims were allegedly in a restricted zone. The area has been attacked by Boko Haram in the past. Militants recently killed nine people and kidnapped others in the region.


Japanese company sued for overtime violations - Japan has a problem with overworking people, allegedly overworking to death. So much that the Japanese language has a word for it, karoshi. According to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, Dentsu, a popular Japanese advertising agency is being charged over the death of an employee. Matsuri Takahashi, an employee who committed suicide. Her friends said her job kept her so busy that she slept only 10 hours a week. The company was charged with violating an overtime law.


Lionel Messi to pay Spain $288,000 a day - Soccer player Messi will avoid a 21-month prison sentence in Spain. Messi, a soccer star from Barcelona was found guilty of defrauding Spain of $1M between 2007 and 2009. Messi will pay $288,000 for every day of his 21-month prison sentence. He wasn’t expected to spend time in prison. People sentenced to under two years of prison in Spain can serve the sentence under probation.

France to eliminate gas/diesel-powered cars - French President Emmanuel Macron’s administration is working toward policies to protect the environment. Macron’s “make our planet great again,” comment made waves across social media following U.S. President Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Now the French government is looking to end sales of gas and diesel-powered cars by 2040. If France is successful, only electric, or hybrid cars will be permitted in the country by 2040.

Latin America

Gang fight in Mexican prison turns deadly - Rival gangs in a Guerrero, Mexico prison were involved in a deadly fight. The fight broke out in a maximum security wing of the prison and 28 inmates were killed. Officials from the prison said weapons were not found. Mexican law officials plan to investigate the incident as well as the prison staff. The prison has been reported as being overcrowded and houses over 2,000 inmates.

Nieto/Trump meet at G-20 - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was among the world leaders at the G-20. At the meeting Nieto met with U.S. President Donald Trump. The two had canceled previous meetings in recent memories over the border wall Trump wants Mexico to pay. Amongst the issues the two discussed were the North American Free Trade Agreement and the need for a guest worker program.

North America

Trump Jr. met with Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer - The investigation into whether the Trump campaign was affiliated with Russia continues to garner national attention. President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., admitted to meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer last year. This is the first confirmed private meeting between Russia and a member of the Trump entourage. Trump Jr. said the meeting’s dialogue did not involve his father’s campaign.

Trump and Putin agree to amplify cyber security - U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met at the G20. Following the meeting Trump tweeted that Putin “vehemently denied” involvement in the U.S. election. Trump described the meeting as positive and said he would work with Putin on cyber security. U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley said the U.S. cannot and will not trust Russia.





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