Report says over 1,000 children have been kidnapped in Nigeria - The United Nations International Children’s Fund estimates that the terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped over 1,000 children in Nigeria over the past five years. Young girls are particularly targeted by Boko Haram, and last year Boko Haram put out a video of girls reporting they wouldn’t ever return home. One of the most noteworthy kidnappings happened in 2014 when Boko Haram abducted 276 girls from their school.
Zimbabwe fires striking nurses - Nurses in Zimbabwe went on strike in an effort to increase their salaries, and the country has fired thousands of them. Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga accused the nurses’ actions of being politically motivated. Major hospitals had to turn away patients as a result of the strike, and Zimbabwe plans to hire unemployed and retired nurses to replace those who went on strike.
Tour bus crashes in North Korea - Chinese officials say a tour bus in the North Hwanghae province of North Korea crashed and killed 36 people. Among those who died were 32 Chinese nationals and four North Koreans. The tour bus flipped over and part of the body of the bus broke. Chinese tourists provide an important income to North Korea, and it is estimated that 80 percent of foreign tourists in North Korea are Chinese.
Chinese President expected to visit North Korea - Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Pyongyang, North Korea soon, and the visit would be his first visit to the country since he became President. The visit is expected to happen after Trump’s and Kim Jong Un’s summit. The summit is expected to take place between late May and early June.
France passes new immigration bill - France is changing up its immigration laws, after the French National Assembly passed a new immigration law. The law will make asylum application deadlines shorter, and undocumented immigrants can face double the amount of time if they are detained. The bill passed 228 votes to 139, and French President Emmanuel Macron said the bill will make the process of claiming asylum quicker.
UK proposes banning plastic straws and other things - The United Kingdom wants to reduce plastic waste in order to protect oceans, and it has a new idea. British Prime Minister Theresa May introduced a plan that would ban plastic straws, cotton swabs and drink stirrers in the country. She said plastic waste is “one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world” and added that the United Kingdom is one of the world’s leaders in regards to plastic.
Paraguay has a new President - Mario Abdo Benitez has been elected President of Paraguay. Benitez is a former conservative senator, and he beat Efrain Alegre by four percentage points. Benitez is 46 years old, and he wants to focus on low tax polices and increasing agricultural exports. Alegre has not conceded victory yet, but he said he “respects” the preliminary results.
Protests in Nicaragua affects U.S. embassy - Protests in Nicaragua have caused functions at the U.S. embassy to be reduced, and the State Department has ordered relatives of U.S. government employees to leave the country. The protests started in Nicaragua’s capital, Manuga, when people gathered to demonstrate against the country’s social security system. According to a human rights group, at least 27 people have died during the protests.
Waffle House shooter arrested - Travis Reinking walked in to a Waffle House in Tennessee with an AR-15, and killed four people. James Shaw Jr, a man who was also in the restaurant, wrestled Reinking, and he managed to take the gun away from him. Reinking was arrested by Nashville police in a “wooden area,” and he was arrested last year after he went to a restricted area near the White House.