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A week in review 7/19/2017
Photo courtesy: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

By Joseph Rios


Soccer stadium’s wall collapses
The Dempa Diop stadium in Dakar, Senegal was hosting a soccer game when a wall collapsed. The collapse killed eight people and injured dozens of others. Following the event, Senegal suspended sports and cultural events for the rest of July. As a way to show respect, Senegal president Macky Sall has suspended campaigning for the country’s upcoming elections.


Pakistan ready to carry out operation against the Islamic State-Pakistan’s military spokesman announced that the Islamic State has gained ground within Afghanistan. To combat the militants, Pakistan’s military will launch an operation along the north-western Afghan border. Pakistan had previously said that the Islamic State was on its land. The Islamic State has been looking to increase its occupation in Pakistan since 2015. The operation will first seek to secure the border near Rajgal Valley.


France/Israel recognize detainment of Jews during WWII - To recognize the 13,000 Jews who were detained at a cycling stadium in France before being deported to concentration camps French President Emmanuel Macron and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the Vel d’Hiv commemorations.

UK looks to prevent acid attacks After a rise in acid attacks in the United Kingdom, English Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she wants people who carry out the attacks to “feel the full force of the law.” People who carry out these attacks could now face longer jail sentences in England. Rudd said it is “vital” that England takes steps to ensure that acid attacks are prevented.

Latin America

UN says coca leaf growing increases in Colombia - The United Nations released a report that found a 50 percent increase in land being used to grow coca leaf in Colombia. Colombia’s government seized 50 percent more tons of cocaine in 2016 compared to 2015. It was hoped that cultivation would drop after Colombia signed a deal with the rebel group, the Farc. The deal required Farc rebels to give up control of drug production areas.

Chile hit with summer snow - Snow in July? It happened in Santiago, Chile and it left thousands without power. Media outlets in Chile said one person died while trying to clear ice. The snowfall is the largest Santiago has seen in a decade. Santiago was going through a cold snap and residents have been advised to avoid traveling.

United States

American sentenced to prison in Iran - Xiyue Wang, a researcher at Princeton University has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran. Iran sentenced Wang to prison time over claims of spying. Iran’s judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejeie announced the sentencing live on television. The U.S. State Department said Wang’s charges were “fabricated.”

Study finds chemicals in macaroni and cheese - The Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging published a study this week that claims to have found chemicals within the cheese powder of macaroni and cheese. The chemicals are called phthalates and they were found in 29 of the 30 products that were tested. These chemicals are typically used in soap, plastic and rubber products.





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