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A week in review 05/02/18
Photo courtesy: U.S. Army

By Joseph Rios


Codeine opioids becoming a problem in Nigeria
- Nigeria has had its share of issues with drugs over the years, however much like the epidemic plagueing the U.S., Nigeria is now facing similar problems with a the popular opioid codeine. Codeine is often found in perscribed cough syrup and is being peddled by drug dealers to young teens in the region just like any other drug. The teens often take part in what they call “syrup parties,” which generally consist of parties at small night clubs deep in the Nigerian state.

Nigerian President meets with Trump - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday. Buhari became the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa to visit with Trump, and the two discussed economic and security issues. Trump said the two have a “great relationship” and said they are going to work to stop Christians from being murdered in Nigeria. Buhari will look to secure re-election next year.


Four arrested after uploading rape video on social media
- Four men in Bihar, India were arrested after allegedly molesting a woman. The men recorded the act, and they uploaded the video onto social media. The video displays seven men molesting the women on a road, and police are on a manhunt to arrest the three other men who were seen in the video. The woman who was in the video has not been identified yet.


Four skiers die after being trapped in the Alps
- Nine skiers in the Swiss Alps were forced to spend the night outdoors due to bad weather. Four of them died when one person fell, and three others died of hypothermia. Those who died were from Italy, France and Germany, and five others are in serious condition. Last month three Spanish cross-country skiers were trapped by an avalanche, and died.

Russians gather to protest against the blocking of an app - Thousands of Russians gathered in Moscow to protest against the country’s decision to block the messaging app Telegram. Russia decided to make the move when Telegram wouldn’t give its encryption keys to Russia’s spy service. Russia wanted the encryption keys, to keep track of terrorists and criminals. The rally was organized by the Russian Libertarian Party.

Latin America

Hundreds of human trafficking victims rescued
- Police in 13 different Latin American and Caribbean countries rescued over 300 people from human trafficking operations. Those people were rescued from places like farms, factories and clubs. Police arrested 22 people in the process, and gathered things like cash, phones and computers from those who were arrested. The arrests were part of a project that was over two years in the making, and it was funded by the Canadian Government.

Trump says no to migrants traveling in a caravan - Around 150 people traveling in a caravan hoping to get asylum in the United States have been stopped at the Mexican-U.S. border. Many of those traveling were children from Central America. President Trump said they were a threat to the safety of the United States, and he recently asked states near the border to send troops to the area.

North America

Trump and Pence set to speak at NRA annual meeting
- President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual meeting in Dallas this Friday. The NRA said it will ban guns from the event, because it wants to protect Trump and Pence. The NRA cited the U.S. Secret Service protocol for its decision. Trump spoke at the event last year, and the NRA had a similar weapons ban in place.

Soldier killed in Afganistan identified - Infantryman Spc. Gabriel D. Conde, 22, of Loveland, Colorado who was in 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska was killed in Eastern Afganistan on Monday. Officials have said that the circumstances of his death are still under investigation.





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