This week, crisis continues in Yemen; the CBC released a report on the mishandling of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal; minimum wage workers rally across the U.S. to demand for higher pay and Hilary Clinton announces she will enter the race to become the next President of the United States.
Each Friday, we bring you a roundup of some of the biggest stories making headlines around the world. Here’s nine things that happened outside of Vancouver over the past week that you should know about (in no particular order).
April 11 to 17, 2015
1. Migrants killed in religious clash on Mediterranean boat
Italian police has arrested 15 Muslim migrants after they threw 12 Christian passengers off a rowboat headed to Italy. The Christian migrants are from Ghana and Nigeria and they and have all been reported dead. The Muslim migrants involved with the drowning of the Christian passengers are said to be from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea. They were arrested in Permo, Italy and have been charged with “multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate.”
2. Crisis in Yemen continues as Al-Qaeda seizes southern airport
Officials have reported that militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have seized an airport in southern Yemen. AQAP has taken advantage of the chaos in Yemen as they have over run cities and freed inmates from prisons. They have also taken control of a seaport and oil terminal in Southern Yemen. Saudi-led coalition strikes continue in Yemen as they continue to defend the “legitimate power” of Yemen’s President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, who has been forced to flee abroad because of the continuing rebel attacks in the country.
3. CBC inquiry reports that CBC staff mishandled Jian Ghomeshi case
A report by an independent investigator has found that CBC did not provide its staff a workplace “free from disrespectful and abusive behavior” when it came to the handling of Jian Ghomeshi. The report goes on to say that the information shared about Jian Ghomeshi’s abusive behavior was shared “upwards” and it became “diluted.” The report concluded that that “CBC management condoned” the violent sexual behavior of Jian Ghomeshi. He was fired from CBC last October as accusations of him sexually abusing and harassing several women came to light.
4. Thousands gather in South Africa to rally against xenophobia
Nearly 5,000 people have taken part in a rally against xenophobia in Durban, South Africa. The rally comes after attacks on foreign nationals in the country have left five dead since March. Thousands marched in Thursday’s rally including religious and political leaders. The protests were mostly calm and people joined together to sing songs of solidarity. However, in other parts of the city police had to take action with tear gas and rubber bullets as dozens of protesters were calling for foreigners with other African origins to leave. “I definitely think that it’s about time people stood up for our brothers and sisters because we are Africans,” one Durban resident told Al Jazeera reporters.
5. Low wageworkers demand $15 dollar minimum wage and protest across the U.S.
Protests have taken place across the U.S. this week as low wageworkers took to the streets to demand a minimum wage increase to $15 per hour and better working conditions. The campaign is called “Fight for 15” has been created by the Service Employees International Union. Fast food workers in Toronto walked off the job on Thursday to protest for higher pay. McDonalds has been the focus of many of the protests. Two weeks ago, the fast food giant promised a wage hike for its workers but to only $1 above the local minimum wage at its non-franchise owned restaurants.
6. Twenty workers shot dead at Pakistan dam construction project site
Gunmen have shot dead 20 men working at a dam construction site in Balochistan, Pakistan. Three people have been reportedly injured in the attack. The gunmen fought through eight security guards and shot the workers while they were sleeping. The victims are believed to be from Pakistan’s Punjab province and Sindh. The gunmen have not been identified. However, the Balochistan region is known for Baluch groups who have fought against the Islamabad-based government for a number of years.
7. Hilary Clinton announces her U.S. presidential run
Last Sunday, Hilary Clinton announced her candidacy for president. The announcement was made through a video launch on YouTube as well as her newly designed campaign site. Clinton kicked off her campaign right away, travelling to Iowa and then to Connecticut. This is Clinton’s attempt at running for president as last time she was defeated in the Democratic nominations by President Barack Obama. Clinton is the first to enter the Democratic presidential nominations and she is seen as a favorite to win the race and become an official candidate for president.
8. Mass beaching on Japan’s Coast results in the death of 150 Dolphins
Nearly 150 dolphins have died following a mass beaching on Japan’s coast. Rescuers tried their best to save the dolphins, but their desperate attempts were unsuccessful. Dozens of people gathered to pour water on the dolphins to try to keep them wet. The dolphins were identified as melon headed whales and blackfish. “We see one or two whales washing ashore a year, but this may be the first time we have found over 100 of them on a beach,” a coast guard official told reporters.
9. WHO leaders warn that Africa at risk for another Ebola flare up
Although the rate of Ebola has slowed down, WHO leaders are warning that there are chances that there could be a deadly flare up. “This is a vicious, dangerous virus and it is not going easily or quietly into that good night,” said WHO’s Bruce Aylward. The 37 remaining cases are being treated in Guinea and Sierra Leone but U.N. officials are certain that getting to zero cases will be a very hard task.
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