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A week in review 07/25/18
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By Joseph Rios


Diamond producer begins elephant relocation process
- De Beers, a diamond producer, is in the midst of moving 200 elephants from a game reserve in South Africa. The reserve is private, and De Beers said the elephant population is too high. The diamond producer said the elephant population causes a risk for the ecosystem. The elephants will be moved to Mozambique, an area where the animals are at risk because of poaching.

Kenyan schools continue to catch fire - Dozens of schools in Kenya have been affected by fires as students were in the process of taking exams. Some of the fires are thought to have been started by students who are protesting against education reforms. Students at Highway Secondary School were taken to a hospital when it caught on fire. Over 100 schools in Kenya were burnt down just in 2016.


Trump ready to impose more tariffs on Chinese goods
- In an interview with CNBC, President Donald Trump said he is ready to impose more tariffs on Chinese imports. The United States listed $200 billion more worth of tariffs on Chinese goods last week. The tariffs are could begin to take place in September, and they will be imposed on things like food, minerals and consumer goods. The list of tariffs would affect over 6,000 Chinese goods.

China vaccine scandal makes waves across the country - China is in the midst of a vaccination scandal, and Chinese authorities are trying to get to the bottom of it. The vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co. allegedly released fake data about its rabies vaccine. There is no evidence behind the claims, but the company has been ordered to stop vaccine production and to recall its products. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the company “crossed a moral line” and ordered for it to be punished.


German soccer player will no longer play in the World Cup, cites racism
- German soccer player Mesut Ozil said he will no longer player international soccer for Germany. He cited “racism and disrespect” for his decision, and said he received hate mail and threats after Germany was eliminated from the World Cup. German soccer association DFB “emphatically rejected” Ozil’s claims. Ozil was criticized by German media when he was photographed with Turkish president Recep Erdogan in May. Ozil played a key part in Germany’s 2014 World Cup victory.

Brexit Secretary believes EU and England can reach deal - Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said he believes a deal with the EU and England can be reached by October. However, he did say the country is prepared for the possibility of the two sides not reaching a deal. England is set to leave the EU on March 29 2019, but neither side has figured out how trade relations will work once that day comes. Raab will visit Brussels later this week to continue talks with the EU.

Latin America

Farc rebels take set at Colombia parliament
- Former Farc rebels have taken seats at the opening session of Colombia’s parliament. The country’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, said he is happy that ex rebels are respecting Colombia’s constitution, and he said it’s a “true milestone” in Colombian history. The Farc group is now a political party, and it has five seats in the senate and five in the House of Representatives.

“Brazil’s Trump” set for presidential run - Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician, has announced that he will make a run to become Brazil’s president. He is currently in second place behind Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Lula is currently in jail for corruption and most likely won’t be able to run for president. Bolsonaro has been called the “Brazilian Trump,” and has previously made racist and homophobic comments in the past.

North America

Gunman opens fire in Toronto
- Authorities in Toronto responded to a gunman who opened fire and killed a ten-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman. Police say 13 other people were injured in the attack. They are investigating the shooter’s motive, but the suspect was killed during a gunfire exchange between police. Toronto Mayor John Tory called the attack “despicable” while Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted out his sympathy.

U.S. ready for new malaria drug - The United States has given a thumbs up on a new drug to treat malaria. The drug is called tafenoquine, and scientists have called it a “phenomenal achievement.” It is designed to fight a recurring form of malaria, and 8.5 million people suffer from it each year. The FDA said tafenoquine is effective, but said there are side affects.





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