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A week in review 01/31/18
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By Joseph Rios


South African town on the verge of no water - People in Cape Town, city in South Africa, are suffering through a drought, and city officials are telling residents to save water like “your life depends on it.” Government officials said it will be “the disaster above all disasters” if the city runs out of water. Residents have been warned to shower once every three days in order to conserve water.

Egypt president candidate arrested Egyptian presidential candidate Sami Anan was arrested Tuesday for violating military rules. Anan, Egypt’s former military chief of staff, allegedly didn’t seek approval for his candidacy, resulting in his arrest. Anan is also accused of forging documents, but his office manager said that he hasn’t submitted his candidacy papers to an election committee yet.


Arrests made as two religious groups clash - Over 100 people were arrested in northern India when violence broke out between two groups, resulting in the death of a teenage boy. Two religious groups threw stones at each other, and shops and vehicles were set ablaze. The boy died when stones were being tossed between the two groups, and police are still trying to determine what caused the violence to break out.

Beijing’s population drops for the first time in decades - For the first time in 20 years, Beijing’s population has dropped, mainly because migrant workers have been driven out by the city’s government. According to a census, Beijing has 22,000 less people living in the city than last year. Beijing officials have previously said they will make an effort to keep the city’s population at 23 million by 2020 in order to improve living conditions better.


Ireland’s prime minister takes a looks at abortion laws - Abortion is banned in Ireland, even in circumstances like pregnancy from rape, but Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s prime minister, wants to lighten abortion laws. He said abortion laws are too restrictive, and Ireland may be taking steps to change that. Last year a cross-party parliamentary committee recommended for abortion laws to be changed, and a referendum will soon determine whether to change abortion laws.

Finland re-elects president - Finland President Sauli Niinisto was re-elected for a second term after winning over 60 percent of the country’s vote. Niinisto has gained popularity in Finland because he has successfully kept a relationship with Russia. He was originally elected to office in 2012 when he ran as an independent candidate.

Latin America

Teenager’s disappearance sparks protests in Mexico - 17-year old college student Marco Antonio Sanchez has disappeared in Mexico, and protests have broken out in Mexico City. Sanchez was arrested by police after being accused of stealing a camera. The two officers who arrested Sanchez have both been questioned, according to Mexico City police, and police said the are examining all evidence that is available like videos. Police in certain areas of Mexico have been accused of abuse in the past and torture in the past.

Fourteen killed at Brazilian club Three cars full of attackers pulled up to a club in Ceara, Brazil, entered the building and killed at least 14 people. Among those who died was a 12-year-old boy, and the attackers are believed to be gang members and drug traffickers. There were over 5,000 murders in Ceara last year, and a night club in the state was previously attacked in 2015.

North America

Finance chair of the Republican National Committee resigns - Steve Wynn, finance chair of the Republican National Committee, has resigned from his position. Wynn is in the middle of controversy after the Wall Street Journal reported that he allegedly forced a staff member at a massage therapist to have sex with him. According to the Wall Street Journal, some employees at the massage therapist would hide in the bathroom to avoid seeing Wynn.

Larry Nassar sentenced to prison Larry Nassar, a former doctor for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse. Michigan’s attorney general Bill Schuette said the state plans to investigate how Nassar was able to get away with sexual abuse for so many years. Michigan’s president and athletic director have both resigned because of Nassar’s actions.





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