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A week in review 04/11/18
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By Joseph Rios


Former South African President accused - Former South African President Jacob Zuma has been formally charged with 16 counts of corruption, racketeering, fraud and money laundering. Zuma is accused of accepting over 700 forms of illegal payments, and he was forced out of office in February. Zuma has denied all of the allegations against him.

Nigerian President to seek re-election Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was forced to spend time in the United Kingdom last year to receive treatment for his poor health, but he has announced that he will seek a second term in office. It was unknown what his future was as Nigeria’s leader, but he will run for re-election during next year’s elections. When he returned from the United Kingdom, Buhari said he has “never been so sick,” but it is unknown what was ailing him.


School bus crash kills dozens - Officials in India are investigating a school bus crash that occurred in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The bus fell into a gorge, killing 30 people, most of whom were children. Most of the children were under the age of ten. The crash also killed a bus driver and two teachers.

North Korea ready to discuss nuclear weapons - North Korea and the United States are set to meet at a summit in May, and North Korea said it is ready to discuss its nuclear weapons at the summit. The summit will mark the first time that a sitting United States President has met with North Korea. It is unknown when, or where the summit will happen.


Police stop knife attack in Berlin -Police in Berlin arrested six people between the age of 18 and 21 who were accused of plotting a knife attack at a half-marathon. Those who were arrested were linked to a Tunisian Islamist who killed a dozen people in 2016 in a truck attack. Police searched numerous addresses and vehicles before making the arrests.

Police clash with activists in France Environmental activists have been refusing to leave a site where a new airport was supposed to be built in western France, causing tension with police. French police used tear gas to try to remove activists from the site near Nantes. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the project had to be abandoned in January because of the tension between those who want the airport and those who don’t.

Latin America

U.S. to send troops to U.S./Mexico border - Arizona is set to send over 140 troops to the U.S./Mexico border, while other troops from Texas will join them. President Trump said he wants to send thousands of troops to the border while his proposed border wall waits. Trump wants undocumented immigrants to be held while they wait to see if they will be deported, and he asked the U.S. Department of Defense to explore facilities that can hold undocumented immigrants.

Supporters demand that former Brazilian President be released - Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption and money laundering, but his supporters are demanding his release. People have been camping outside the cell where he is being held, and security has been increased. The former Brazilian President said his conviction was politically motivated.

North America

Bill Cosby prepares for retrial Comedian and actor Bill Cosby is set to begin his retrial over allegations that he drugged. and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand 14 years ago. Constand is a former basketball player. The first trial was held last summer, but the jury couldn’t reach a verdict. Cosby has claimed his innocence, and he has faced similar allegations from other women.

Uber purchases electric bicycle company - Uber has purchased New York based firm Jump, a company that lets customers rent electric bicycles. Uber wants to make the bikes available globally. The electric bicycles have a pedal assist feature that starts when a user is pedaling.





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