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A week in review 8/30/2017
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By Joseph Rios


Farmers convicted of murder in South Africa - Two white South African farmers were convicted of attempted murder and kidnapping when they attacked a black man. The man was beaten and forced into a coffin by the farmers. The situation has caused anger in South Africa and news agencies said it was an example of racial tensions in farming communities. The two farmers denied the attack and claim they are innocent.


Muslim group under attack in Myanmar - The Muslim Rohingya minority have been trying to escape Rakhine, Myanmar recently, as violence continues to increase. The Rohingya have accused Myanmar authorities of ethnic persecution. News agencies have reported that authorities have shot children and the UN is investigating human rights abuse. Pope Francis recently condemned the violence that the Rohingya have suffered through.


Wives of French soldiers protest Hundreds of women who are married to French soldiers hit the streets of Paris to protest against “deplorable working conditions” in the army. Organizers of the rally said soldiers on certain assignments lived in places surrounded by cockroaches and lice. The protestors said they were concerned about soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and how it affects their families.

Brussels investigating terrorist attack - Officials in Brussels are treating a recent machete attack as a terror attack. One man was killed after targeting soldiers with a Machete. Soldiers have been present in Belgian, Brussels since last year when terrorist attacks killed over 30 people. The attacker had previously been charged with assault and battery, but was not known for being involved with terrorists.

Latin America

Maduro condemns U.S. sanctions Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro denounced U.S. sanctions on live television. Maduro said the U.S.’ sanctions are an illegal act of aggression. The sanctions would lead to Citgo Petroleum closing, a subsidiary of PDVSA, a Venezuelan owned oil company. Maduro said the sanctions would also cause American citizens to lose their jobs.

Flower field sprouts in one of the world’s driest deserts - North of Chile has seen an unexpected amount of rain fall recently. The rain has helped a field of flowers grow in the Atacama desert. The desert is considered to be one of the driest places in the world. Flowers growing in the desert is something that usually happens every five to seven years.

United States

Ryan speaks out against Trump Following President Trump’s decision to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, Paul Ryan spoke out against the decision. Ryan, the speaker of the House of Representatives, said he doesn’t agree with the decision. Arpaio is known for creating outdoor prisons with inhumane living conditions in Arizona and he is known for profiling Latinos.

Alt-right group cancels rally Patriot Prayer, an alt-right group cancelled a rally that was scheduled to take place in San Francisco. The group said they made the decision because they feared it could turn violent and they were worried speakers might be harassed. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the rally would be a “white supremacist” rally before Patriot Prayer canceled their rally.

Houston flooding continues from heavy rain fall - Houston has seen little relief from rainfall, the residual of Hurricane Harvey. Thousands are stranded and rescues have been taking place across the city as well as in metro suburbs since Sunday evening. Visit for valid charities accepting donations for the residence of Houston.





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