The State of Colorado makes history by voting the first openly gay Governor Jared Polis in U.S. history.
Students kidnapped in Cameroon At least 78 students and three other people were kidnapped from a boarding school in Cameroon. Government officials said those who were kidnapped were taken by militias, and northwest and southwest areas of the country have recently seen a spike in rebellion. Militias have called for a school boycott, and a video of some of the students has been making its rounds on social media.
Sculpture of Egyptian soccer star revealed - Egypt recently released a sculpture of the country’s soccer player Mohamed Salah. The sculpture shows Salah stretching his arms out after scoring a goal, and it was put on display at the World Youth Forum. The forum had thousands of visitors, and Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi made his way to the forum as well. The sculptor, Mai Abdallah, said she made the statue of Salah as a symbol of excellence.
Child suicide rate in Japan increasing - According to Japan’s education ministry, the country’s child suicide rate is the highest it has been in over 30 years. During the 2016/2017 fiscal year, 250 children from elementary through high school committed suicide. The reason for the suicide of 140 of those people is unknown, but children have cited family problems, bullying and worrying about the future as issues. Most of those who committed suicide were in high school.
Twelve die after lorry crashes in China Over 12 people were killed, while others were injured when a lorry lost control at a toll station in China. The crash caused 31 cars to pile up, and the lorry driver said his brakes weren’t working as he went down a hill. The incident occurred in the north-west area of China, and recently, a bus fell off a bridge into a river in a separate incident in the country.
German interior ministry ousted German interior ministry Hans-Georg Maassen was removed from his position after he gave a speech criticizing government parties. He was placed in “early retirement,” according to the country’s interior minister, Horst Seehofer. Maassen recently lost his job as director of the domestic intelligence service in September. He was then placed in his last position.
Ambulance services protest in Paris Ambulance services are concerned about a new regulation in Paris that will allow hospitals and clinics to choose what ambulance service a patient uses. Small ambulance services say they will no longer be able to stay afloat in the industry now, and 500 ambulances gathered in Paris before rush hour to take part in a day of action. The main road in Paris was slowed down due to the ambulances as they blasted off their sirens in protest of the regulation.
Colombia’s national trees are dyingScientists warned that the ceroxylon quindiuense, a palm tree that is considered to be Colombia’s national tree, is on the verge of becoming extinct. Scientists Rodrigo Bernal said the trees are “essentially living corpses,” mainly because it takes years for the trees to show signs that they are dying. The trees are tourist attractions in Colombia, because of their beauty and height.
New Brazil justice ministry appointed - Sergio Moro, an anti-corruption judge in Brazil, will soon take on the country’s justice ministry position. Newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro said Moro is an important part of the Brazilian government. Moro said in 2016 that he would never get into politics, and he recently said it was an honor to be asked to take over the justice ministry position. Bolosonaro is looking to cut out the number of government ministries in Brazil by merging them in order to create “super ministries.”
Florida man stops gunman - Josh Quick, a resident in Florida, stopped a gunman in a yoga studio in Tallahassee. Quick used a broom and a vacuum to stop the gunman, and he says he wrestled the gunman when his handgun was jammed. The attack left two women dead and five others injured. Police say the shooter killed himself before they arrived and the shooter’s motive is still unknown.
Jewish nurse treats Pittsburgh shooter - In a Facebook post, Ari Mahler, a Jewish nurse who treated Robert Bowers, the man suspected of killing at least 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, said he didn’t see evil in Bowers. Mahler admitted that Bowers probably didn’t know he was Jewish, but Mahler said he treated Bowers just as he would have anyone else. Bowers recently pleaded not guilty to the synagogue attack.