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A week in review 02/07/18
Photo courtesy: SpaceX Facebook Shown above is the world’s most powerful operational rocket, Falcon Heavy, lifting off, from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday afternoon. The rocket carries a Tesla model electric car intended for a Mars landing in the upcoming week.

By Joseph Rios


Boat carrying migrants capsizes - A boat carrying around 90 to 100 migrants capsized near the coast of Libya, and bodies have started to wash up on shore. Three survivors were able to make their way back to land, but officials are searching for any other survivors.

Human traffickers arrested - Police in Spain arrested 11 people who are allegedly connected to a human trafficking scheme. The women who were victims of the scheme are from Nigeria, and they were tricked to work as prostitutes in exchange for a new life in Spain. Once they made it to Spain they were forced into prostitution, according to multiple reports.


North Korea to display missiles North Korea is expected to display numerous long-range missiles at a parade the day before the Winter Olympics begin in South Korea. The long-range missiles were tested by North Korea in November, and the country may carry out more missile tests soon. Foreign media will be banned from North Korea’s parade.

Taiwan earthquake - Armed Forces and government agencies are responding to a 6.4 earthquake just off the Eastern coast of Taiwan Tuesday morning. Early reports suggest heavily damaged buildings and broken windows across the eastern coast. However, only two people have reportedly been killed with dozens others injured at the time of this writing.


Moscow hit with record - Moscow has been hit with 15 inches of snow recently, breaking a record that dates back to 1957. Numerous flights have been canceled at airports, and over 2,000 trees are damaged. A power line and a fallen tree killed one person, and temperatures are expected to continue to plummet.

Jews from Algeria to be paid a compensation - Jews who suffered through World War II in Algeria will be paid a compensation from Germany. It’s believed that around 25,000 people can receive a payment of over $3,000, and registration centers have begun to open. Jews in Algeria were banned from owning businesses, and many lost their jobs. Payments are expected to be sent out in July.

Latin America

Castro’s son commits suicide - Fidel Angel Castro Diaz-Balart, Fidel Castro’s son, committed suicide after a battle with depression. Castro Diaz-Balart was 68-years-old, and he worked as a nuclear physicist. He had been receiving medical treatment for months, and his issues with depression had been kept away from the public.

Migrants found hidden in Mexico Over 150 migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were found hidden in a truck in Tamaulipas, Mexico. They were men, women and children, and they were heading to the United States. There was no food, water, or decent ventilation for the migrants, and they were stopped at a checkpoint by Mexican police.

North America

NFL player killed - NFL player Edwin Jackson was killed after being hit by an alleged drunk driver. Jackson, a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, was 26 years old, and he had 66 tackles in 2016 for the Colts. The driver who hit him didn’t have a license, and he fled on foot, but police were able to capture him.

Teacher taken into custody by immigration officials - Syed Jamal, a chemistry teacher at numerous community colleges in Kansas, was taken into custody by immigration officials. Jamal has lived in the United States for over 25 years, and he has three children. Teachers have written letters to the judge handling his case, and they’ve expressed how much he means to their community. Jamal’s attorney told a Kansas news outlet that Jamal overstayed a voluntary departure notice, but he was allowed to stay in the country under supervision.

Third officer killed in Colorado - On Monday, Colorado Springs Officer Micah Flick was killed in the line of duty while investigating a motor vehicle theft. Flick was the third officer killed in the line of duty in Colorado since New Year’s Eve. Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish was killed on December 31st when he and two other officers entered the apartment of the gunman. Last week Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm was killed when he chased down a burglary suspect.





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