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Apr 25, 2019
Former vice-president, Joe Biden, has announced he's running for the US presidency next year. After months of speculation that Obama's vice-president would be running for the presidency, Biden has made it official in an announcement of Thursday morning. In the video where he announced he would run for the position, he added that if Americans let Donald Trump take office for another four years, more damage would be done to the country. Hours later, Trump welcomed Joe to the race and advised him to be smart enough to succeed in the primary election first.
Apr 25, 2019
An airforce instructor in the US has been charged for luring a child on the internet. Court documents show that captain Paul Sikkema had knowingly entered an online chat with an officer who was posing as a 14-year-old girl called Jenny. After days of conversation, Sikkema started messaging and calling "Jenny" to persuade her into meeting with him for sex. On Wednesday, Sikkema turned himself in and was charged with internet luring of a child, a class 4 felony, after he admitted what he had done. The Air Force Academy has released a statement saying they will cooperate with the Sheriff's office on Sikkema's investigation.
Apr 25, 2019
Large groups of people in South Africa have died due to heavy rains and flash floods. Days ago, South African citizens were hit by bad weather, and now the storms have destroyed several houses, buildings, and roads. Until now, The most affected region has been the Southeast where authorities have reported a total of 70 casualties. Meteorologists later confirmed that more torrential rain is expected, so citizens should start seeking shelter while authorities help with the evacuation and move people somewhere safe.
Apr 25, 2019
Citizens in East Africa prepare for another Cyclone as meteorologists claim it could hit anytime now. A month ago, Mozambique and other countries in East Africa were hit by Cyclone Idai, leaving thousands of casualties, and millions misplaced. A new cyclone called Kenneth is expected to hit further north than where Idai did, with 200 kph winds and torrential rains. Citizens in Tanzania and Mozambique are desperately looking for shelter to stay safe until the cyclone goes away. Authorities from the United Nations fear that this new cyclone could worsen the humanitarian catastrophe these countries are going through.
Apr 25, 2019
Interpol has managed to rescue more than 200 people from trafficking rings where they were sexually exploited. Back in 2018, anti-trafficking groups in West African collaborated with the Interpol by providing information that could help catch the people behind human trafficking operations. After a raid, authorities were able to rescue 220 people, including 150 children, and arrested 47 individuals for their involvement. Now, the victims have been taken to shelters in the Republic of Benin and in Nigeria, while others were able to return to their families.
Apr 25, 2019
Three top military generals have resigned after the Sudanese demanded a transitional civilian government. Not long ago, after weeks of protests, former president Omar al-Bashir was arrested, and a military council seized power. However, ever since this happened, the Sudanese have protested against these military forces who were ruling the nation. Now, three generals who were known for being loyal Islamists and al-Bashir allies offered their resignations during a press conference held on Wednesday, and all that is left if for the military council to accept them.
Apr 25, 2019
The Mexican government has promised to eradicate violence towards detainees across the nation. Mexican advocates have recently said that most of the detainees in this nation are raped, beaten, asphyxiated and tortured with electric shocks, and the prison authorities cannot be blamed due to the "near-universal" impunity. Moreover, it was known that out of almost 8,500 torturing cases, only 20 had brought charges against the officials. Many people have urged president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to create an independent forensic lab where these torturing cases can be evaluated instead of relying on doctors who work in the prosecutor's office to do the process so that detainees can start getting a fair trial.
Apr 25, 2019
Kim Jong-un is in Vladivostok for his first ever summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. After the meeting between the US president and the North Korean leader didn't have a successful outcome, Putin expressed interest in meeting with Kim to discuss a denuclearisation agreement with different terms. During the summit, Putin admitted he would like North Korea to stop the nuclearisation of its territories. Moreover, the Russian president added this could only happen if international security laws are restored and guaranteed.
Apr 25, 2019
People have taken the streets in Brasilia to ask for the protection of Amazon Indigenous Lands. Earlier this year, Bolsonaro vowed to integrate indigenous people into society and expressed an interest in their lands. Moreover, the Brazilian president stated that the territories in the Amazon forest were too big for the indigenous population and proposed to use them for human activities like agriculture and mining. Then, Bolsonaro assigned the creation and limitation of reserves to the agriculture ministry. Now, advocates and indigenous people have gathered in the capital to protest against Bolsonaro's proposal that could lead to the deforestation of the Amazon and endanger indigenous tribes.
Apr 24, 2019
More than a dozen people died after an explosion destroyed three buildings in Idlib. Authorities confirmed the blast had occurred in front of one of the buildings that belong to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist group that controls most of the Syrian province. When the Syrian rescue teams searched under the rubble, they found the bodies of 15 people, including children. Now, HTS' leader has blamed the bombings on intelligence groups from president Bashar al-Assad, and the other jihadist group called Islamic State. Moreover, the leader added that IS is trying to destabilize the last opposition site remaining in the nation.
Apr 24, 2019
55 were buried under the rubble after an earthquake in Myanmar. On Tuesday, workers at Kachin, Myanmar were on duty when a mudslide locked them up inside a mine and buried several others. Reports show three people have already been confirmed dead, while 55 others are still trapped by a mud lake that formed after the mudslide. Several rescue teams and volunteers are tirelessly working on finding the ones that are still inside the mine. Media outlets in Myamar confirmed that the cause of the mudslide was the collapse of a lake in Hpakant city which occurred during Tuesday morning.
Apr 24, 2019
Nearly 3,000 migrants, including children, were arrested after trying to reach the US border. The U.S. has criticized Central American countries for letting thousands of migrants cross the Mexican border. On Monday, an operation in Chiapas, Mexico targeted nearly 3,000 migrants including small children who were traveling through the southern part of the country. Officials stated how everybody in this group of migrants had refused to apply for a visa and confirmed they all came from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Now, Mexican officials are trying to address this issue as Trump has threatened to close the US border.
Apr 24, 2019
A video has demonstrated how Bosnian officials put 12 migrants into cages at a detention center. One of the detainees managed to film a video where it showed how 11 migrants, including five children, were locked in cages and sent it to the pro-migrant charity called Are You Syrious. Afterward, the migrants were identified as two Iraqi families who were detained on Monday near the Klobuk border crossing, and have been held until the order to deport them is official. A spokesperson from the facility said the cages were unlocked and that the migrants hadn't been mistreated.
Apr 24, 2019
Putin expressed his interest in meeting with Kim Jong-un after the North Korean leader took part in military exercises last weekend. During the early hours of Wednesday, Kim left Pyongyang, and it's expected to arrive at the port city of Vladivostok to meet with Putin for the first time. This summit between the Russian and the North Korean leaders comes after the failed nuclear negotiation between Trump and Kim. Experts predict Kim might be looking for Putin's support to pressure the US into lifting the sanctions on his country. Nevertheless, the US government has repeatedly stated it will lift the sanctions only after North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons.
Apr 24, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte has threatened Justin Trudeau of starting a war against Canada if the nation doesn't claim tons of waste. Back in 2013, a Canadian company named Chronic Plastics reportedly sent 103 containers full of waste to be recycled in the Philippines. But since then, the Philippines hasn't been able to recycle the tons of waste and has been waiting for Canada to claim them back. However, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau hasn't answered the Philippines' request so now, Duterte has threatened the nation by saying he would place tons of waste in front of the Canadian embassy in the Philippines.
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