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A week in review 12/20/17
Photo courtesy: Atlanta Airport partially shuts down. The international airport handles over 250,000 passengers a day, but the airport was forced to partially shut-down after a power cut.

By Joseph Rios


Tanzania demands investigation for soldiers’ deaths - Fourteen Tanzania soldiers were killed during a peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the country is demanding a UN inquiry. Tanzania prime minister Kassim Majaliwa called for the investigation during a ceremony for those who died. The UN suspects a Uganda rebel group carried out the deadliest attack against UN peacekeepers in over 20 years.


Church attacked near Afghan border - A church in Quetta, a city close to the Afghan border, was stormed and attacked by militants when it was holding a service. Nine people were killed at the church from a suicide bomb and a gun attack. Two other suicide bombers were stopped in front of the church, while other attackers were able to escape.


“Terrorist” attack stopped in Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to President Trump on the telephone to thank him for information provided by the CIA to stop an attack in St. Petersburg. Russian officials said the attack was set to occur on Saturday, and the White House released a statement saying “terrorists” threatened a large number of people. Russia seized weapons and explosives from the people who were allegedly plotting the attack.

Renaissance paintings discovered at the Vatican - Two paintings by the Renaissance artist Raphael were discovered in a room at the Vatican’s Museum. The paintings are believed to have been painted before Raphael’s death in 1520. He was responsible for painting Pope Julius II’s private apartments where he decorated three rooms. The Hall of Constantine at the Vatican is currently undergoing a $3.1 million restoration.

Latin America

Chile has a new president - Sebastian Pinera is set to serve as Chile’s president for the second time after defeating Alejandro Guillier. Pinera served as president from 2010 to 2014, and he polled over 54 percent of the votes. Pinera was strongly backed by businesses in Chile, and he called for Chileans to have “agreements more than confrontations.”

Russia awarded licenses for offshore gas fields by Venezuela - Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft was awarded licenses to create two offshore gas fields by Venezuela. Gas will be produced at the Patao and Mejillones fields in the Caribbean Sea. The company gave a Venezuela state energy company $6 billion for oil supplies in August, and Russia is a close ally of Venezuela.

North America

Atlanta airport partially shuts down Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson international airport handles over 250,000 passengers a day, but the airport was forced to partially shut-down after a power cut. Flights that were scheduled to land at the airport are being sent to other airports, and it is believed that a fire at an underground electrical facility caused the power outage.

Pentagon ran a program to investigate UFOs - The New York Times reported that the Pentagon was running a secret program to investigate unidentified flying objects between 2007 and 2012. The program was called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, and it was started by Harry Reid, a retired senator. The program cost the Department of Defense over $20 million, but it was shutdown to save finances.





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