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A week in review 09/05/18
Photo courtesy: Cagle Cartoon Inc.

By Joseph Rios


Countries call for violence to end in Libya
- Countries like the United States, France and Italy are calling for an end to violence in Tripoli, Libya. The countries, along with England, released a statement saying the violence is unacceptable. Over 39 people died in militia violence, including civilians. Among those who died were four children. Migrants have been trapped from the fighting and were moved to detention centers as the city’s airport has been closed.

Germany wants to add more legal Nigerian citizens - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country will look to create more legal pathways for Nigerian citizens to migrate to the country. Her statement came during a press conference at Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. She also said that Germany will do more to add Nigerian students in Germany, and that the country will share its technical and vocational training with Nigeria. There are over 25,000 undocumented Nigerians living in Germany.


Indonesia bids for 2032 Olympics
- Indonesia President Joko Widodo said the country will bid on the 2032 Olympic Games. Widodo made the announcement after meeting with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. Other countries like India, Australia and China have shown interest in bidding for the games, but Widodo believes Indonesia is ready to host the games, as it prepares to host the Asian Games, the second largest multi-sport event.

Police identify two suspects in Kim Jong-un’s half-brother’s death - Police are on the hunt for two Indonesian women who they want to testify at the trial for the murder of Kim Jong-nam, Kim Jong-un’s half-brother. The women Raisa Rinda Salma and Dessy Meyrisinta, are being tried for Kim Jong-nam’s murder. He was killed at an airport last year when toxic VX nerve agent was rubbed on his face. Lawyers say the women were paid to carry out similar attacks at hotels and shopping malls.


German oil refinery explodes
- An oil refinery in Germany exploded, and at least eight people were injured. German police said there was a risk for more explosions, and over 1,500 people were ordered to evacuate their homes. It is unknown what the cause of the explosion is, but police said three people suffered medium, or serious injuries. The oil refinery employees about 800 people.

Trump to visit Ireland and Paris - President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Ireland in November. He has yet to visit the country since he was elected in 2016. Trump will also visit Paris in honor of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. Ireland’s Labor Party leader Brendan Howlin said his political party will strongly oppose Trump’s visit. Trump is planning to visit Ireland to “renew the deep and historic ties” between the two countries, according to a statement from the White House.

Latin America

Nicaragua kicks out UN staff
- Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega ordered a United Nations Commission for Human Rights team to leave the country. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report recently that called on Nicaragua to stop persecuting protestors. Over 300 people have been killed due to political tension recently. Victims and human rights groups in Nicaragua were interviewed for the report, and they alleged that they were tortured as well by Nicaraguan officials.

FIFA official sentenced to jail - Former president of South America’s soccer governing body, Juan Angel Napout has been sentenced to jail for nine years. Napout was convicted in New York last year for racketeering conspiracy and two wire fraud charges. He was found to have participated in schemes to accept millions in exchange for media and marketing rights to numerous soccer tournaments.

North America

Obama/Bush speak at McCain’s funeral
- Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush spoke at Senator John McCain’s memorial service at Washington’s National Cathedral. Obama called McCain an “extraordinary man – a warrior, a statesman, a patriot,” who displayed the best of America. He said that despite their differences, the two never doubted being on “the same team.” Bush said McCain dedicated his life to national ideals.





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