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A week in review 07/04/18
Photo courtesy: Google Maps

By Joseph Rios


Kenyan market catches on fire
- The Kenyan capital Nairobi was hit with a fire at a market that killed at least 15 people. The fire started in the middle of the night at Gikomba, one of the largest open-air markets in the city. Over 70 other people were injured in the fire, and authorities are still trying to determine what caused the fire.

Amnesty International studies the rising death toll - Amnesty International said that over 1,800 people in Nigeria have been killed since January, mainly due to conflicts between herders and farmers, and Boko Haram. The human rights group called for Nigerian Authorities to address the situation. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said the government has had “notable successes” when fighting against violence and homicides in the country.


China to cap actors’ pay
- China is setting new measures to halt tax evasion and “money worship” in its film industry. Actors in China will have their pay capped, while lead actors will not be allowed to be paid more than 70 percent of the total cast’s pay. The announcement came from five government agencies in a joint statement.

India investigating journalist’s death - Police in India are investigating the death of Shujaat Bukhari, a journalist and editor. Police believe that he was killed by a Pakistan based militant. Bukhari was killed on June 14 when he was leaving his office. Police say his death was ordered from Pakistan, and they have identified four suspects. They believe the LeT group is responsible for the attack, but it has denied police’s allegations.


May expects Brexit talks to move quicker
- British Prime Minister Theresa May said the United Kingdom and the European Union want to work at a faster pace as the country removes itself from the union. Both the United Kingdom and the European Union are hoping to reach a deal by the time the country leaves the union in March of 2019. May said “very good progress” has been made on a deal between the two.

Amsterdam elects its first female mayor - Femke Halsema has become the first woman to become mayor of Amsterdam. Halsema said she was “happy proud and humbled” when she found out she would win the election. Earlier, dozens of women protested, calling for a woman to be the mayor of Amsterdam. Halsema served as the Labour Party’s leader for eight years.

Latin America

Maduro calls out Pence
- Following Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Brazil to meet with Venezuelan migrants, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had some choice words for Pence. Maduro called Pence a “poisonous viper,” and the two have had their issues in the past. Pence said Maduro is taking part in a “devastating dictatorship.” Over 30,000 Venezuelans have looked for asylum in Brazil as Venezuela deals with its economic crisis.

Belize Barrier Reef taken off endangered list - The Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest reef in the world, has been taken off the endangered World Heritage Sites for the first time in nine years. The World heritage body Unesco said Belize has taken “visionary” actions to preserve the reef. The reef is home to numerous species like turtles, crocodiles and manatees.

North America

Newspaper staff attacked in Maryland
- The Capital Gazette, a newspaper in Maryland and its staff was attacked by a gunman. The gunman entered the building, and fired a shotgun through a glass door into the newsroom. At least five people were killed, and others were wounded. The Gazette had received numerous violent threats on social media, and a white male in his 30s has been arrested in connection to the attack.

Trump set to meet with Putin - President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are slated to host a summit in Finland on July 16. The two will discuss a number of things like relations between the two countries and national security issues. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the summit is a “sign of strength,” and that he doesn’t want Russia to be isolated.





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