Laos is the fastest growing ivory market - According to a report from a group in Kenya called Save the Elephants, Laos is home to the fastest growing ivory market. The report says shops throughout the country are selling carved tusks, bracelets, pendants and other items made from ivory. Save the Elephants says laws regarding elephant ivory are not in place and it makes it easier for ivory to be sold in Laos.
UN finally meets over the Rohingya Muslims crisis - The UN Security Council held its first public meeting regarding the crisis that the minority Rohingya Muslims are facing in Myanmar. It is the first time the UN Security Council has met over the situation in over five years. Throughout the past month more than half a million Rohingya Muslims have had to flee as they face ethnic persecution. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the crisis is “a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.”
Thousands rally over Ireland’s abortion laws - Dublin, Ireland saw thousands of people march through the streets to protest against the country’s abortion laws. Ireland doesn’t allow women to get abortions unless the woman is in danger. The country’s approach toward abortion doesn’t stop women from flying out of the country to have an abortion. If women are found to have had an abortion they can face 14 years in prison.
German police arrest man accused of contaminating food - German police recently pinpointed a suspect they believe has contaminated adult and baby food. The suspect’s name hasn’t been released, but he was taken into custody. Numerous stores across Germany received an email in early September saying if they didn’t pay $13.8 million to the person sending email then food throughout Europe would be poisoned. Police found baby food with liquid that is used in anti-freeze.
Puerto Rico calls for the U.S. to help with hurricane relief - San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz spoke in a press conference regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Cruz asked President Trump to send out help or it will be “something close to a genocide” in Puerto Rico. Cruz continued and said Puerto Rico could be without power for six to eight months. Trump responded by saying Cruz displayed poor leadership and the United States is helping the country.
U.S. Health Secretary resigns - U.S. Health Secretary Tom Price has resigned from his position after making 26 private flights for business trips since May. The trips cost taxpayers an estimated $400,000. The White House released a statement and said President Trump accepts Price’s decision. Don J. Wright will act as the health secretary.
Largest mass shooting in U.S. History - The largest mass shooting in U.S. history took place on October 1st, in Las Vegas when 64-year-old Mesquite, Nevada resident Stephen Paddock open fired from his 32 floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort. Paddock was later found inside his suite with a self-inflicted gun wound and about 24 guns. Aproximately 59 people were killed and 510 people were wounded. Eye wittness video has been circulating social media showing concert patrons ducking for cover while automatic weapons can be heard being fired in the background. The incident is still under investigation and authorities have not yet released a motive for the attacks.