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

Dec 19 2017, 9:58 pm

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

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

1. EgyptAir flight goes missing

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An EgyptAir flight carrying 66 passengers and crew members disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday. The flight departed from Paris and was headed to Cairo. According to officials, the plane made a turn mid-air and disappeared. Debris from the flight was found in the Mediterranean on Friday.

The flight was carrying 56 passengers, two of them Canadian citizens, and 10 crew members. Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash.

2. Nigerian kidnapped schoolgirl found

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A missing Nigerian schoolgirl who was captured by militant group Boko Haram two years ago has been found. Amina Ali Nkeki was found with a four-month-old baby on Tuesday in the Sambisa Forest near the Nigerian border with Cameroon. She was also accompanied by a man who claimed to be her husband.

The man is currently under investigation by Nigeria’s intelligence centre. Nkeki received medical attention and was later reunited with her family. In April 2014, 276 girls were kidnapped at gunpoint from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. Nearly 200 0f the girls remain missing.

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3. Over 130 buried in Sri Lanka landslides

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Several days of heavy rainfall have resulted in two deadly landslides across the country. The landslides have forced 300,000 from their homes and over 132 people are trapped under the mud and rubble. The torrential downpours continue, hindering rescue efforts.

“There are places where the mud level is up to 30 feet. We will keep going until we can recover the maximum,”  Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe, the main officer in charge of rescue operations, told Reuters. 

4. Edible six-pack rings could save marine life

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Florida’s Saltwater Brewery has created biodegradable and edible six-pack rings which prevent marine animals from getting trapped in them. If the special six-pack rings get stuck on an animal they will simply degrade into the ocean. The rings are also safe if an animal eats them because they are made out of by-products from the brewing process, such as barley and wheat.

5. Taiwan’s first female leader sworn in as president

Taiwan’s first female president,Tsai Ing-wen, was sworn in as president on Friday. Tsai, the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won Taiwan’s election in January. She was joined by outgoing President Ma Ying-jeou during her swearing in ceremony.

6. Italy approves civil unions for same-sex couples

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Civil unions for same-sex couples have been approved in Italy. The country’s parliament passed the civil union bill into law on Wednesday. “Today is a day of celebration in which Italy has taken a step forward,” said Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Italy is the last major western country to legally acknowledge same-sex partnership. 

7. Lightning storm kills over 60 people in Bangladesh

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Over 60 people have been killed by lightning strikes during tropical storms in Bangladesh this week. The lightning storms struck in 14 regions across the country.

The victims were mostly farmers working rural areas. There have been 82 lightning-related deaths in Bangladesh since March 2016.

8. Evidence of tsunamis found on Mars

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Scientists have discovered evidence that tsunamis occurred on Mars, furthering proof that oceans once existed on the Red Planet. Researchers from the Planetary Science Institute in Arizona have concluded that mega-tsunamis with waves up to 400 feet high rocked Mars over three billion years ago. According to the scientists, the tsunamis were caused by meteor impacts that crashed into Mars’ oceans.

9. Justin Trudeau apologizes for physical contact with MPs

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It has been a dramatic past few days in Canada’s House of Commons. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was accused of “manhandling” the Conservative whip Gordon Brown and elbowing NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the chest. The altercations occurred during a vote on assisted dying legislation. On Thursday, Trudeau issued an apology for his actions.

“No amount of escalation or mood in this house justifies my behaviour last night. I made a mistake, I regret it, I’m looking to make amends. I accept full responsibility for my poor choices last night and I ask for Canadians’ understanding and forgiveness,” he said in a statement. 

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