Egyptian troops kill 16 militants - In an operation in Sinai, Egypt, Egyptian troops killed 16 Islamic militants and arrested 34 others. After an attack on a mosque that killed hundreds in November, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ordered for the military to defeat Islamists by the end of the month. Militants in Egypt largely operate in Sinai.
Boko Haram releases 13 people
The terror group Boko Haram has released 10 women and three lecturers who were kidnapped in Nigeria last year. Boko Haram has a heavy presence in Nigeria as it continues to fight to create an Islamic state. The group is famous for kidnapping nearly 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in 2014.
North/South Korea shake hands
The first official day of the Olympics saw a historic moment when South Korean President Moon Jae-in shook hands with Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. CNN reported that there is a possibility that Moon will visit North Korea. It would be the first time a South Korean President has visited the country in over 10 years.
Earthquake strikes Taiwan - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 left Taiwan devastated as nine people were killed and 270 others were injured. Infrastructure like bridges and roads were damaged from the earthquake and aftershocks have made it difficult for rescuers to search for survivors. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen visited with responders and thanked them on her Twitter.
Airplane crashes near Moscow- Moscow is currently investigating the crash of an airplane that was carrying 71 people. Everybody on board of the flight died when the plane crashed near Argunovo, a village near Moscow. The crash marked the first commercial passenger jet crash in over a year, and Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to family members of the victims.
Gunman sparks protest in Italy - An Alt-right man in Italy carried out a drive by attack when he shot six people who he believed were migrants. The suspect, Luca Traini allegedly made a fascist salute when he was arrested. The attack brought out thousands of protesters in Macerata as immigration continues to be a huge topic for Italy’s upcoming national elections.
Alleged cartel leader arrested in Mexico - Jose Maria Guizar Valencia, the alleged leader of the Zetas Cartel, has been arrested in Mexico. Valencia is accused of importing “thousands” of kilograms of cocaine and meth into the United States, and he is wanted in the country. Valencia has a chance of being extradited to the United States.
Gas canister explodes in Bolivia - A gas canister that was being used by a street vendor exploded at Oruro, Bolivia during the city’s carnival celebrations. The explosion killed eight people, and over 40 others were taken to a hospital. The incident was reportedly accidental, and Bolivia President Evo Morales said he was “dismayed at the news” of the explosion.
New York files lawsuit against Weinstein Company - The state of New York has filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company, claiming that it didn’t protect its employees from Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein is facing numerous accusations of sexual abuse toward women. New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is looking to cover damages for those were allegedly abused by Weinstein.
Flu hits Salt Lake County hard
From Oct. 1 to Feb. 3, 16 people have died from the flu in Salt Lake County. Those who have died from the disease are adults 18 and older. The Salt Lake County Health Department reported that 610 people have been sent to the hospital with the flu, and a majority of them are 65 or older.