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Aug 16, 2019
The Chief of Staff of the South Korean government reported that North Korea fired two short-range missiles on the East coast, just minutes before Kim Jong Un called South Korea's president an 'impudent guy' after the latter stated on annual South Korea's liberation day that the two Koreas would be reunited by 2045. President Moon Jae In is aware of the missile launch and said he is still looking to have a dialogue with North Korea's president. The U.S government has also kept a close eye on the tension between the two countries, with military personnel stating North Korea has far more advanced military technology than previous years; Trump is yet to state his position on the matter.
Aug 16, 2019
During India's Independence Day speech, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that he would be making new laws that would ban the use of single-use plastic as a way to help the trash issue that has plagued the country for many years. In the speech, he also encouraged companies and tech founders to create new ways to improve future laws on recycling; the country would be working alongside them to better act on the problem. India is known for being one of the countries that contributes the most to dirty ocean waters behind China; the Ganges river often carries most of the plastic of the country into open waters.
Aug 16, 2019
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the decision to change the status of Jammu and Kashmir into a union territory was the best course to take for the two states. The states are now under the power of New Delhi, wiping the semi-autonomous region of its rights and laws that were set by the now-revoked Article 370. The Pakistani Government completely disagrees with Modi's words and says it will fight until the end for the people of Kashmir. The International community is also concerned for the liberty of the Kashmir people, urging the UN Security Council to intervene in the political matter.
Aug 16, 2019
US House Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have been barred by the Israeli government. The decision came after their political opinions against the government were deemed racists. The two congresswomen were meant to take a trip to the country last Saturday to strengthen the alliance between the US and Israel. However, Israeli authorities announced it wouldn't grant them visas after the 'boycott' both of them were trying to do. Israel's laws allow barring anyone from entering the country if the politics, culture, or social aspects of the country are undermined by other nationalities.
Aug 15, 2019
Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organization Al-Shabaab took responsibility for the attack at a Somali military station 43 miles away from Mogadishu. Two bomb cars and a gun raid were to do more harm at the place but military officers managed to tame the offenders, not without taking a death toll of 3 lives. Al-Shabaab has repeatedly taken responsibility for several attacks in different places of Somalia this year, with one of the most important in a government building in Mogadishu that killed the city's mayor and 30 more people. The organization's goal is to make Somalia a fundamentalist Islamic state. The Somali military enforcement is continuously investigating where the next attacks could take place.
Aug 15, 2019
Since the beginning of the week, protests at the Hong Kong International Airport left thousands of travelers stranded at their flight terminals with no answer from carriers or even the airport itself. Clashes between protesters and police were seen in videos that went viral; demonstrators were seen grabbing officers' batons and hitting them on the back. On Wednesday morning, the airport was clear of demonstrators, forcing airport security to supervise all those who entered the airport; currently, only people with boarding passes can enter the departure terminals. The Hong Kong government stated the acts of violence at the airport could be punishable with prison.
Aug 15, 2019
Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan, gave a speech from the Pakistan-claimed part of Kashmir stating he 'would fight until the end' for the people of Kashmir after India's Prime Minister and the parliament voted to make the states of Jammu and Kashmir a union territory, giving New Delhi more power over the zone. Khan states India is only trying to get rid of the Muslim community in the country, and by doing so, millions of people are now at the mercy of anyone who wants to set foot in Kashmir. The Pakistani government has repeatedly said they do not wish to involve military forces into the matter, encouraging the use of dialogue.
Aug 15, 2019
The Iranian oil tanker that was seized by British authorities will be released under Iran's promise that the tanker won't go to Syria. The Supreme Court of Gibraltar, a British overseas territory has voted for the tanker to be released after weeks of tension between the Iranian government and the UK; two weeks after the seizure, Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in retaliation for theirs. For eleven hours, the U.S Department of Justice was in talks with the House in Gibraltar to extend the seizure of the Iranian tanker, but the American government did not provide enough information as to why the authorities in the island still needed to keep the tanker.
Aug 15, 2019
The People's Armed Police Force is one of China's loyal paramilitary forces the country uses to tackle on different situations, and it seems like the latest would be the quashing of Hong Kong's recent protests. Through satellite images, a sports stadium near the border could be seen with several military vehicles and gatherings of troops; international groups doubt they will be used to go into Hong Kong. The deployment of the PAP troops will most likely take place to intimidate protesters in the city, showing them that if the Hong Kong government gives enough legal reasons, they could call for the Chinese government to interfere if necessary.
Aug 15, 2019
Nigerian authorities arrested a 24-year-old woman after a video of her flogging and locking a 10-year-old boy inside a dog cage was made viral in the country. According to the police, the woman admitted she was the one in the video and that she had done it because the boy had been drunk and broke the side mirror of her car; the police charged her with child abuse and is now set to be on trial this Friday. She also admitted the boy is her cousin and that he had to go live with her after his parents died. The video caused outrage among the Nigerian people who helped track down the neighborhood where the video was taken.
Aug 15, 2019
Norway's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority reported that small levels of radioactive iodine were detected in one of its filter stations but concluded that they were safe for human environment and health. The report comes days after a missile explosion suspected to contain nuclear materials took place in northern Russia. The Russian government stated the accident happened due to a malfunction of the liquid propulsion system; the accident took the lives of five nuclear specialists. Russian authorities evacuated a town 30 miles away from the place of the accident because of "military training activities" taking place. The evacuation was then cancelled with news outlets stating everything was back to normal.
Aug 15, 2019
Spokespeople from New Zealand's Department of Corrections apologize for letting the alleged shooter of the Christchurch mass shooting send a letter to a Russian address that eventually ended up on 4Chan, the white-supremacist filled message board website. The website's CEO has been addressed on the matter but has failed to make any statements. Under New Zealand laws, inmates have the right to receive and send mail, except when officials deem exceptional circumstances. In the letter, the shooter writes about the 'impending change of demographics in the world' among other racist remarks. He is meant to have a trial next year after he pleaded not guilty in a June hearing.
Aug 15, 2019
Evelyn Hernandez is on trial again for abortion and child murder charged after her defense team won an appeal in court in February this year. Hernandez was sentenced to 30 years in prison after she was found guilty of a self-induced abortion when she was 17 years old in 2016. Abortion is illegal in El Salvador under any circumstance; when she was found bleeding on her bathroom floor, she was taken to a hospital where staff reported her to the authorities. Her defense team says they are feeling positive about the upcoming trial after medical witnesses performed the autopsy on the fetus and stated the baby had died over asphyxiation due to meconium in his lungs.
Aug 15, 2019
A court from Italy has approved that the ship from Spanish organization Open Arms holding 147 migrants can dock in a port in Italy. Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has condemned the decision and states they would not be able to disembark under his command. Salvini has repeatedly stated he doesn't want for Italy to become Europe's refugee camp, creating anti-migrant laws in the country that involve fines and jail time for those taking migrant ships to the country's shores. The Open Arms ship has been at sea for 13 days, calling for Italian authorities to let it dock safely; the organization is thrilled for the court's decision but say the process is not over yet.
Aug 14, 2019
According to the Southern Transitional Council, separatists from the southern region took over the city of Aden after a week of fighting military forces in the area. Now, they have secured entry and exit points of the city and will soon take the presidential island. Both the Saudi-backed and UN-backed governments are fighting the Houthi to take power in the country, but the problem of which government will be the one to rule has yet to be solved. According to the one of the UN-backed ministers remained in the battlezone calling for citizens to act against the violence; he then had to leave due to impending military forces.
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