The worst terror attack in Somlia A terror attack on the cith of Mogadishu took place last week when a truck carrying several hundred kilograms of military grade explosives exploded near the Safari Hotel. Early reports indicated that about 300 people were killed in the blast, however officials expect that number to rise while they continue to sift through the rubbled remains of the blast site. Officials are having difficulty identifying remains as many of those who were killed were burned beyond recognition.
Fighting continues in Philippines city of Marawi - Although President Rodrigo Duterte has announced the City of Marawi has been “liberated,” of militants at least 30 more remain in the city and are holding at least 20 hostages. Marawi has been partially held by an extreme Islamic group and Philippine troops have been rooting out fighters in a conflict that has killed more that 1000 people (mostly militants).
Austria elects youngest national leader - Austrian conservative Sebastian Kurz will become the youngest national leader in the world at 31 years old. One of the hot topics in Austria during the country’s elections was immigration. Kurz promised to stop migrant travels to Europe and to ban immigrants from receiving benefits in Austria until they have lived there for five years.
Putin’s birthday draws protests Russian President Vladimir Putin’s birthday drew protests in over 20 cities throughout the country. Police arrested 290 protesters and laws regarding demonstrations have become stricter since Putin took office in 2012. Protesters called for Putin to retire and they called for activist Alexei Navalny to be released from jail.
Gang leader arrested in Guatemala Police detained Angel Gabriel Reyes Marroquín, the leader of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, in Guatemala. Marroquín was wanted for allegations of being involved in a gun attack at a hospital a few months ago. The gang works in numerous areas of the world. It was linked to an attack that took place earlier this year in New York and it has a reputation for being immensely violent.
Mexico warns of potential end to NAFTA deal - Mexico foreign minister Luis Videgaray warned that if the North American Trade Agreeement was ended then it would break relations between Mexico and the United States. President Trump threatened to ridden the deal again recently and has demanded for new changes to it. Videgaray added that ending the North American Trade Agreement would hinder co-operation between the two countries as far as fighting drug sales and illegal immigration.
California fights wildfires - California governor Jerry Brown called the wildfires sweeping through areas of the state “one of the greatest tragedies” it has dealt with. The fires have killed at least 40 people and left hundreds missing. Some neighborhoods that were once vibrant and lively had become nothing but ash. Areas most affected include Santa Rosa, a California city where 3,000 people were evacuated.
Harvey Weinstein under investigation - Harvey Weinstein, who has won 81 Oscars, is being investigated by police in London and New York for numerous allegations including rape. Women including Angelina Jolie and Rose McGowan have made public statements saying Weinstein raped, or sexually assaulted them. One of the allegations goes back as far as 2004 and Weinstein’s spokeswoman says allegations of non-consensual sex weren’t true.