African Union responds to Trump’s remarks - President Trump made headlines when he called African nations “shitholes,” and the African Union has responded. It said it felt “shock, dismay and outrage,’ and it accused the Trump administration of misunderstanding Africans. The union called for more dialogue between the United States and African countries.
Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expelled from her party - Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been expelled from her party after the outgoing president chose not to support her successor, Vice President Joseph Boakai. Although president Johnson Sirlieaf has yet to comment on the issue, spokesman for the Unity Party said Sirleaf has violated the party’s constitution by campaigning with George Weah who is running oposition under the Coalition for Democratic Change.
South Korea praises Trump - South Korea President Moon Jae-in spoke at his New Year press conference and praised President Trump for having a “huge” impact on North and South Korea relations. Moon continued and said he would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He said his goal is to solidify peace with the country.
Forty-six mile oil slick off China coast - A 46 mile oil slick is what remains after an Iranian oil tanker caught fire and sunk off of China’s coast about 160 miles from Shanghai. Iranian officials have confirmed that all 32 crew members were killed. Chinese ships are now racing to clean up and contain the slick which has doubled in size since the Iranian tanker sank.
French company recalls baby milkThe French company Lactalis is under scrutiny as over 12 million boxes of baby milk have been recalled in 83 countries due to salmonella. The milk has been recalled since December, and lawsuits against the company have been piling up. The countries most impacted by this are in European, Asian, Latin America and Africa.
Heating boiler explodes and kills eight in Portugal - A heating boiler exploded in a community center in northern Portugal, leading to the death of eight people. Thirty-five others were hurt, mainly from burns or inhaling smoke. The area of the explosion was packed with over 60 people who were watching television.
Popular Mexican radio program ends after 22 years - The popular Mexican radio program “The Hairy Hand” has ended after a 22-year run. The show revolved around listeners calling in and sharing stories of supernatural encounters. The show was carried by the media company Grupo Formula, and it hasn’t said why the show is ending. It was popular among those who were night owls like late-night workers.
Churches vandalized in Chile ahead of the Pope’s visit - Before Pope Francis’s visit to Chile, numerous churches have been either attacked, or vandalized. Three churches in Santiago were vandalized with firebombs, and flyers warned of an attack on the Pope. No arrests have been made, and the Vatican hasn’t given a statement. Pope Francis will be holding a mass at a Santiago park where thousands of people are expected to attend.
False missile alert makes waves through Hawaii - Residents in Hawaii woke up to a false missile alert, and Hawaii Governor David Ige apologized for it. Ige said a staff member accidentally pressed the wrong button and sent the alert. It took over 30 minutes for a correction alert to be issued, causing anxiety across the state. The original missile alert message said “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”
Coloradans gather for MLK Day Monday marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Coloradans gathered on a snowy and cold day at City Park in Denver for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade. Among those in attendance were Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb. Crowds marched to Civic Center Park in honor of the life of Martin Luther King Jr.