Chad shuts down social media sites - Chad is currently in the midst of a social media shutdown, and lawyers are in court to challenge it. No reason was given for a social media shutdown, but people in Chad can’t access popular sites like Facebook and Twitter. The blackout was set after a conference was held to discuss possible changes to the country’s constitution. The possible constitution changes would allow for President Idriss Derby to stay in power until 2033.
Zambia Airways reopens after being closed for 24 years - After a $30 million deal with Ethiopian Airlines, Zambia Airways will reopen after 24 years. The carrier will fly passengers to places in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Zambia officials are excited about Zambia Airways reopening because they hope it will accelerate the country’s industrialization and increase the tourism industry.
Apple removes gambling apps in China - Apple has removed over 20,000 gambling apps from its China app store. The company said they pulled the apps because gambling apps are illegal in the country. CCTV claimed Apple removed apps that “sold fake lottery tickets,” and that Apple sets up rules on how to allow apps on its stores, but it “didn’t follow (those rules).” Apple has removed other apps in the past from its China app store like Skype.
Taliban kidnaps 150 people in Afghanistan - The Taliban in Afghanistan kidnaped nearly 150 people a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered a three-month ceasefire to them. The Taliban said it was targeting security forces when it gained control of buses that had civilians on it. They said they’ll release civilians, and “hundreds” of people will be released to celebrate the start of Eid-al-Adha, an Islamic holiday.
Pope pens letter after details of child sex abuse are revealed - In a letter to “the People of God,” Pope Francis condemned the “atrocities” of child sex abuse and cover ups. Officials in Pennsylvania released a report last week that contained details about over 60 years of child abuse. The report says over 1,000 children were abused by 300 priests just in Pennsylvania. The Vatican said the Pope is on the side of the victims.
Italian bridge collapses - Genoa, Italy is locating bodies after a bridge suddenly collapsed. The bridge was filled with traffic, and at least 43 people died from the collapse. At the time of the collapse, the bridge was having work done to fix its foundations. The company who operated the bridge will donate money to victims’ families, and Italian President Sergio Mattarella held a state funeral for 18 of those who died.
Brazilian plastic surgeon charged with murder - Dr. Denis Furtado, or Dr. Bumbum, a celebrity Brazilian cosmetic surgeon, has been charged with murdering one of his patients. Furtado used a larger dose of a chemical on a woman while performing surgery, and she became sick and died. It was also found that Furtado wasn’t registered to practice medicine in Rio de Janeiro.
Police find drugs on Colombian bus - Colombian police discovered a bus that was carrying large amounts of marijuana and cocaine. The bus was discovered after it crashed, and the driver of it is being questioned by police. Colombian law officials say that arrests were made, and those who were arrested were part of a gang who sends buses with drugs from Colombia to Chile.
ICE detains man driving pregnant wife to hospital - U.S. immigrant agents detained an undocumented immigrant man who was driving his wife to give birth. ICE released a statement saying the man had a warrant for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges. ICE’s statement said the man was being arrested for “illegally residing in the United States. The man’s lawyer said they couldn’t find a record in Mexico regarding the man’s warrant.
Ferguson Fire contained in California - The Ferguson Fire in California was threatening to the Yosemite National Park in California, but officials say that they have the fire contained. The fire had already burned through over 90,000 acres, and over 3,000 firefighters have worked to contain it. Officials in the state say that recent weather has helped firefighters contain the Ferguson Fire.