Jihadist captured in Egypt - Hisham al-Ashmawy, one of the most wanted jihadists, has been captured in Egypt. He is accused of being the mastermind behind numerous deadly attacks in Egypt. Security forces captured him in Libya during an operation. He will be handed over to Egyptian officials after investigations. He’s accused of being behind the killing of Egypt’s top public prosecutor in 2015.
Nigeria’s presidential race heats up - Oby Ezekwesili is set to make a run at Nigeria’s president position. She has been called the most prominent Nigerian woman to challenge for the job, and she is known for leading the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. She will be facing two male figures, and she has also served as Nigeria’s education minister, and she held the vice president position of the World Bank.
Schoolgirls assaulted in India - Over the weekend dozens of schoolgirls in India were taken to a hospital after a group of boys, parents and locals beat them up. Police say six boys and three women were taken into custody following the attacks. The attacks started when schoolgirls were playing at their boarding school, when a group of boys snuck in. The girls asked the boys to leave, but they refused, and started to sexually harass them.
U.S./Chinese officials meet - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi to talk about North Korea’s nuclear disarmament. Pompeo said significant progress has been made toward North Korea denuclearizing. He continued by saying that there are plans for a second meeting between North Korea and the country. The two countries are now determining what denuclearization means for both of them.
Romania constitutional referendum fails - Romania was set to establish a constitution change to make clear that marriage can only be between a man and a woman – the referendum failed though. Only a little over 20 percent of voters voted in the referendum, and it needed 30 percent of eligible voters to cast ballots. Polls before the vote suggested the referendum would pass, and the Orthodox Church showed out to support the referendum. The government extended the vote to two days, rather than one – a move that is unordinary.
Journalist found dead and raped - Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova was found dead and raped in a park. She worked for a local television station, and it is unknown if her death is related to her profession. She is the fourth journalist in the European Union since 2017 to have been killed. She recently assisted in a show that linked European Union funds to businessmen and politicians.
Bolsonaro wins first round of Brazil’s elections - Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right Brazilian presidential candidate, has won the first round of the country’s presidential election. Bolsonaro will now face Fernando Haddad in the second round of the election. Haddad is the left-wing Worker’s Party candidate, and Bolsonaro has a 29 to 46 percent lead with almost all of the votes being counted. His lead has been described as a huge shift in politics in the country by analysts.
Earthquake hits Haiti - Haiti was hit by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in the northern area of the country. The earthquake is one of the strongest to hit the country since the 2010 earthquake that killed over 200,000 people. Buildings in the country have been damaged, or destroyed from the most recent earthquake, and at least ten people were killed. The country has set up a disaster response task force team, and government officials are urging people to stay calm.
Trump comments on Kavanaugh - U.S. President Donald Trump called sex assault claims against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh a hoax, and stated they were “all made up.” He said Democrats calling for Kavanaugh to be impeached is an insult to the American public. Trump added that he believes Democrats will lose in the upcoming congressional elections. Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate in a 50-48 vote.
Hurricane set to hit Florida - Florida is warning of a possible “life-threatening hurricane which is believed to possibly arrive on Wednesday. The hurricane has been named Hurricane Michael, and weather officials are concerned it may reach a category three strength before arriving to the state. North Carolina may be hit with one to three inches of rain.