9 things that happened around the world this week you should know about

Jun 10 2016, 12:04 am

Each week, we bring you a roundup of some of the biggest stories making headlines around the world.

Here are nine things that happened last week that you should know about (in no particular order):

1.  President Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton

U.S. President Barak Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate on Thursday. “I want those of you who have been with me since the beginning of this incredible journey to be the first to know that I’m with her,” Obama said in a statement. “I am fired up. And I can’t wait to get out there and campaign with Hillary.”

Clinton was declared the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee on Monday. However, she will have to wait until the Democratic Party convention in July to be named as the official presidential nominee.

2. Tel Aviv shooting kills four

Four people were killed and several others were wounded after a shooting at a busy open-air market in Tel Aviv, Israel. Two Palestinians from the West Bank have been identified as the shooters. The men are cousins and both have been taken into police custody. Israel has since placed a permit ban on Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza strip.

3. Teachers publicly shamed in Mexico

Several teachers and administrators in Mexico had their hair forcibly shaved off after they refused to participate in a union strike. The educators were targeted by members belonging to a faction of Mexico’s teacher’s union known as CNTE. Union members put signs around the teachers’ necks, labeling them as traitors for not taking part in the strike. They proceeded to shave off the hair of several teachers in front of a large crowd. Mexico’s education secretary Aurelio Nuno announced that the perpetrators would be punished for their actions.

4. Syrian suburb under siege since 2012 receives aid for first time

The Syrian suburb of Daraya has finally received emergency aid for the first time since 2012. Rebels have held Daraya under siege for the past four years. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent the United Nations arrived in the city to deliver food to civilians. Last week, residents were outraged after an aid convoy arrived carrying medical supplies but no food.

5. Debris from missing Flight MH370 discovered in Madagascar and Australia

Newly discovered debris found on a beach in Madagascar is believed to be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. An American man dedicated to looking for the plane’s debris came across the wreckage on Riake beach. One of the pieces appears to be an airplane seat and the other is believed to be a coat hook. 

More wreckage washed up on a beach on Kangaroo Island in Australia. Officials are investigating to confirm whether or not the pieces are from MH370. The plane went missing with 239 people on board in March 2014 while traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

6. Archeologists discover new monument at Jordanian World Heritage Site

Archeologists have discovered an ancient structure at the World Heritage Site of Petra in Jordan. The archeologists used drone photography and satellite imagery to pinpoint the enormous platform, which is the length of an Olympic swimming pool and twice as wide. Researchers say the structure was used for ceremonial purposes.

7. Police kill student protesters in Papua New Guinea

Four students from the University of Papua New Guinea were killed after police shot them during protests. Approximately 1,000 students were marching to the country’s capital of Port Moresby to protest against Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his involvement with a corruption scandal. Police opened fire on the students when they resisted the arrest of their student council president.

8. Iraq bombings kill 31 people

At least 31 people were killed by two separate suicides attacks in Iraq on Thursday. One attack occurred in a Shia neighbourhood in Baghdad. Nineteen people were killed and 46 were injured.

The second bombing took place at an army checkpoint north of Baghdad. At least 12 people were killed. The Islamic State in Syria and Iraq claimed responsibility for both attacks.

9. Outrage grows over Stanford Rape Case

Public outrage is growing after a Stanford University student received a six-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Twenty-year-old Brock Turner was found guilty of sexual assault in March. On Thursday, Santa Clara County Superior Court judge, Aaron Persky announced Turner’s sentence. Persky said that giving Turner lengthier prison time would, “have a severe impact on him.” 

The woman who was assaulted by Turner read out a lengthy courtroom statement directly addressing him and his actions. The letter was published by Buzzfeed and has since gone viral. 

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