Protests turn deadly in the Democratic Republic of Congo Protesters in the Democratic Republic of Congo are demanding that President Joseph Kabila step down, and the situation is becoming deadly. Six people were killed during the protests, and police have been using tear gas to control the crowds. The UN estimates that 50 people have been injured while others have been arrested. Kabila’s expected term of office expired over a year ago.
India tests long-range missile India’s Defense Ministry announced that the country successfully tested a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). It is believed to be India’s most advanced ICBM and the country called the test a “major boost.” India currently has over 100 nuclear weapons, and it is one of 13 countries that hasn’t signed the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.
England General warns against defense cuts - With potential defense cuts looming in England, General Sir Nick Carter of the British Army spoke of how the country’s army would fare against Russia. Carter said if defense cuts are made then the British’s army’s chances in a conflict with Russia “will be eroded.” He stressed that it is important for the British army to keep up with Russia’s military because it’s building up its forces.
Bus carrying families in Turkey mysteriously crashes - A bus carrying families to a school holiday skiing trip in Turkey crashed, and 11 people were killed. The bus was traveling overnight in good road conditions when it crashed into trees. The bus had two drivers, and they were both arrested while an investigation is in the works. Turkey has reported than a million vehicle accidents in 2016.
Pope discusses violence against women - At a Mass in Trujillo, Peru, Pope Francis spoke and touched on violence against women in Latin America. He compared violence to a plague and said that stories of violence against women often don’t get told. The UN says that half of the 25 countries with high women homicide victims are in Latin America.
Venezuelans are moving to Colombia - Colombia has seen a huge spike in the number of Venezuelans moving to the country over the past six months. It is believed that over 500,000 Venezuelans are living in Colombia, and a lot of them are undocumented. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the UN is willing to send aid to Colombia to help with the influx of Venezuelans that are moving to the country.
Tom Petty’s cause of death revealedTom Petty died this past October and his family released a statement citing what caused the musician’s death. Petty “suffered from many serious ailments” and died of an accidental overdose from pain killers. His family had originally believed that Petty was overusing pain medication. He passed away at the age of 66.
Trump speaks on anti-abortion President Donald Trump spoke through a video as the March for Life anti-abortion rally took place in Washington. Vice-President Mike Pence called Trump the “most pro-life president in American history” before Trump’s speech. Trump promised to defend “the right to life” and proclaimed Jan. 19 to be National Sanctity of Life Day.