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A week in review 10/24/18
Photo courtesy:White House - First Lady Melania Trump spent the first week of October taking her Be Best initiative to Africa. The First Lady visited Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt.

By Joseph Rios


Ghana University dealing with protestors
- Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has had its operations disturbed recently as students have created road blocks, vandalized property and boycotted lectures. Students are alleging that campus security have engaged in brutality. It started when 11 students were arrested for taking part in an end of week party – something that is typical at the college. The university is considered to be one of the top schools in the country.

Cameroon President wins another term - Cameroon President Paul Biya won his seventh term in office. The election had a low turnout, but Biya won 71.3 percent of the vote. He is 85, and opposition groups have called for a re-run of the election. That motion was denied by the Constitutional Council. Riots took place in major cities, and only half of the country’s voting population took part in the election.


North/South Korea removing guns from truce town
- North Korea and South Korea agreed to remove guns and guard posts from Panmunjom, a town that is considered to be a “truce town.” It is the only place on the border where troops from both countries face each other. The move is seen as an effort to reduce tension between the countries. The countries took another step toward that effort by removing hundreds of thousands of landmines near the border of the two countries.


Russian charged for meddling in U.S. elections
- The United States government has charged Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova for influencing the upcoming U.S. mid-term congressional elections. It is the first case that involves foreign meddling in the upcoming elections. She is accused of running a program that had a team that created arguments and false information to create a division in the United States. She was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States.

French priest commits suicide - French priest Pierre-Yves Fumery, who was facing sexual misconduct allegations, hung himself inside a Catholic Church in Gien, France. He was accused of acting inappropriately toward children ages 13 to 15 years old. He is the second French priest in the past month to commit suicide after being accused of sexual misconduct. Fumery became a priest in 2014, and he joined the Gien parish toward the end of last year.

Latin America

Trump wants to cut off aid to certain Latin countries
- President Donald Trump tweeted that the United States intends to start cutting off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Trump said the region allows people to come to the United States “illegally.” The U.S. Agency for International Development said it gave Guatemala $248 million, Honduras $175 million and El Salvador $115 million last year. Migrants are leaving the countries to escape persecution, poverty and violence.

Rare skull found in Brazil - Brazil’s National Museum announced that it found a skull from a 12,000-year-old fossil in a building that was burned down in September. The remains are the oldest one’s ever found in Latin America, and staff say they found 80 percent of the skull. The museum believes that it’ll be able to find the remaining pieces from the skull, and its confident that it’ll be able to reassemble the skull.

North America

Trump warns U.S. might build up nuclear weapon program
- President Donald Trump warned that the United States will work toward building up its nuclear weapons program. He said he intended to do that as a way to put pressure on Russia and China. Trump accused Russia of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, and he threatened to leave the deal. Russia condemned the country for threatening to leave the deal.





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