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A week in review 10/03/18
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By Joseph Rios


Arrests made for alleged military training in Zambia
- Two Chinese nationals were arrested in Zambia over the weekend for allegedly giving military training to members of a security firm. Others were arrested as well, including a Zambian director of Alert Safety Security in Livingstone. Police confiscated shotguns, a pistol and ammunition, according to a statement. Neither the security company, or the suspects have yet to comment on their involvement in the training.

Al-Shabaab carries out attack in Somalia - The militant Islamist group al-Shabaab claims that it carried out an attack that targeted European Union officers. The group said it would give details of casualties, but police in Somalia say there weren’t any. Eyewitnesses say that the group carried out a bomb attack on vehicles that had European Union number plates.


North/South Korea removing landmines at border
- North and South Korean troops have begun a process of removing hundreds of thousands of landmines along their border. The two nations decided to carry out the move when Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in met. Following the removal of the landmines, guard posts and weapons will also be removed. Unarmed troops will manage the border.

China sees spike in HIV and Aids cases - China announced that the country has seen a 14 percent spike in people who are living with HIV and Aids. Officials say that over 800,000 people are affected in the country, and over 30,000 new cases were reported in the second quarter of this year. HIV had typically spread through blood transfusions in the past in China, but now it is being transmitted more through sex.


Men accused of planning attacks in Germany arrested
- Six men, ages 20 through 31, have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of being a part of a far-right militant group. German officials believe the men were planning on carrying out attacks on numerous people, including politicians, senior civil servants and foreigners. Tension toward foreigners has increased in Germany since a man was allegedly killed by two migrants in August.

French singer dies - French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has died at the age of 94. Aznavour’s career lasted over 80 years, and he’s sold more than 180 million records. The singer has been featured in dozens of films, and he passed away at one of his homes in France. CNN named him entertainer of the century in 1988, and his songs reflected his childhood growing up as an immigrant.

Latin America

Police weapons missing in Mexico
- Police in Acapulco, Mexico have been given 72 hours to explain to the city’s mayor why police weapons are missing. Investigators say at least 342 weapons are missing, and the entire municipal police force has been suspended. The municipal police headquarters were raided last week by Mexico’s Marines, and 700 officers were disarmed. Acapulco has seen a spike in drug trafficking and murders recently.

Women gather in Brazil to protest president candidate - Thousands of women gathered to protest against Brazilian far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro, is a controversial candidate, and he has repeatedly made comments that can be considered homophobic and misogynist. Bolsonaro is currently leading in the polls as the first round of elections near. He was stabbed at a rally in early September.

North America

U.S. , Canada and Mexico agree to new trade deal
- The United States, Canada and Mexico have agreed to a new trade deal that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new deal will give the United States more access to things like dairy products and Canadian cars. The new deal is intended to last for 16 years, and it will be reviewed every six years. President Donald Trump described the deal as “wonderful.”

Millions of Facebook users exposed - Facebook announced that nearly 50 million users were exposed due to a security flaw. The company said it informed police of the situation, and the flaw has been fixed, according to Facebook’s vice-president of product management. After the company announced the security flaw, Facebook’s share price dropped by more than three percent.





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