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A week in review 11/01/2017
Photo courtesy: Al Hurricane, Sr. Facebook

By Joseph Rios


U.N. warns that Congo province in danger of starvation - David Beasley, the executive director of the U.N. World Food Program, warned that over three million people in the DR Congo province of Kasai are at risk of starvation. He says aid needs to be provided or children are at risk of dying soon. The area has been surrounded by conflict ` a local leader died and forced people to be displaced.


Wildlife conference held in the Philippines - The wildlife conference called Convention of Migratory Species was held in the Philippines and it voted to add more protections for endangered species. On the list of endangered species to protect were whale sharks, leopards and giraffes. World governments made commitments to work toward reducing noise pollution and negative impacts of marine debris. The conference included representatives from 129 countries.


Russian helicopter missing in the Arctic Ocean - Norwegians found a missing Russian helicopter. The helicopter was carrying eight people and those on board were not located. The helicopter belong to a Russian coal-mining company, Arktikugol. Russia has a coal-mining community in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago.

British taxpayers’ money could take years to be repaid from the EU - The European Investment Bank’s vice president Alexander Stubb said British taxpayers’ money could remain locked and that it may not be fully repaid to the United Kingdom until 2054. The United Kingdom has a 16 percent share hold in the bank and Stubb called Brexit a “travesty.” Stubb assured that the payment schedule isn’t a punishment and said he would do everything in his power to “alleviate the pain” of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

Latin America

Gold minors attack in Brazil-Brazlian authorities in the town of Humaita alleged that gold minors carried out a five-hour attack. The minors were allegedly armed and set numerous environmental agency offices on fire. Other things like vehicles, furniture and documents were set ablaze in the attack and troops were forced to assist police. The conflict began when boats used in a gold operation were seized by authorities in the Madeira River.

Former Guatemala President set to stand trial - Former Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina will stand trial for an alleged corruption scheme centered around Guatemala’s customs service. Molina resigned when the scandal was made public and protests were carried out in Guatemala in 2015. Molina allegedly took bribes from officials trying to help businesses avoid customs duties. Molina denied the allegations.

North America

JFK files released - President Trump ordered the release of thousands of documents regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Amongst the information that was released was a memo of FBI director J Edgar Hoover’s concern of the spread of conspiracy theories. Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who is thought to have killed Kennedy, also allegedly spoke to a KGB officer on the phone at the Russian embassy in Mexico City.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller announces charges - Special Counsel, Robert Mueller who is in charge of a special investigation of alleged Russian collusion in the recent presidential election announced recent charges against President Trump’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort and right-hand-man Rick Gates who turned themselves into the FBI. Additionally George Papadopoulos, a former Trump foreign policy adviser pleaded guilty for making false statements to the FBI.





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