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A week in review 9/27/2017
Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy

By Joseph Rios


Boat carrying migrants capsizes - A boat carrying migrants capsized after it ran out of fuel. It’s believed, more than 50 people drowned when the ship washed ashore at the Libyan city, Zuwarah. The boat was carrying at least 100 people and 35 survivors were rescued. Migrants frequently travel near Libya in the hopes of reaching southern Europe by sea. More than 2,400 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean.


China announces new polices toward North Korea - China announced it will limit the amount of oil it provides North Korea and it will stop buying textiles from the country. North Korea relies heavily on China for trade and China’s decision to stop buying textile from it will hurt the country’s income. China’s decision was made after North Korea’s recent nuclear weapon test.


France shifts its labor laws - Despite protests, French President Emmanuel Macron has shifted the country’s labor laws. The laws are expected to make it easier for companies to hire employees. The laws will also make it cheaper to fire employees. An estimated 132,000 people participated in protests across France. Some of France’s labor laws dated back over a 100 years.

Men accused of ISIS ties arrested in Berlin - Three men accused of war crimes and being members of ISIS were arrested in Berlin and Schleswig-Holstein. They have been accused of executing an Iraqi officer and killing two women in Iraq. The men are also believed to have recruited members to ISIS and trying to convince recruits to carry out a suicide attack.

Latin America

Canada to impose new sanctions against Venezuela - Canada will impose sanctions on members of Venezuela’s government, including President Nicolás Maduro. The country cited “anti-democratic behavior” for their reasoning behind the decision. The assets of Maduro and 39 others have been frozen and Canada will no longer conduct business with them.

Natural disasters devastate Mexico As Mexico continues to recover from a devastating earthquake near Mexico City, after one hit the state of Oaxaca a week before. The earthquake’s magnitude was 6.1 causing buildings and a bridge to collapse. The earthquake near Mexico City left over 300 people dead and the earthquake in Oaxaca has hampered rescue efforts around Mexico City.

North America

College sexual assault cases handled differently - Rules for handling sex assault allegations on colleges are set to change. The rules were first introduced by the Obama administration, but Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said they were unfair against the accused. Under the new rules made by the Trump administration, colleges will be allowed to decide what evidence is needed when handling sexual assault complaints.

Health Secretary under investigation - Health Secretary Tom Price is being investigated for using a private plane to travel while on government duties. Politico reported that Price has taken 24 flights on private planes since May of this year. Those flights are believed to have cost taxpayers nearly $300,000. Government officials are required to fly commercially for work.





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