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

Dec 19 2017, 9:06 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. India bridge collapse kills 26

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At least 26 people were killed after a flyover collapsed in Kolkata, India on Thursday. The accident occurred in a busy and crowded part of the city known as Burrabazar. 

“The condition is pathetic. At this moment no one has any clue how many people are trapped,” said Raichand Mohta, a police officer involved with rescue efforts.

Emergency officials were able to pull 69 people alive from the rubble but on Saturday morning, they said there was no chance of finding any more survivors.

2. WHO confirms new case of Ebola in Liberia

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The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed a new case of Ebola in Liberia on Friday. The news comes after a woman died from the disease on Thursday.

Liberian officials met early Friday morning to coordinate a response plan. Over 11,000 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone have died in the last two years from the world’s worst Ebola epidemic.

3. Syrian government forces recapture ancient city of Palmyra from ISIS

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Syrian government forces recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from ISIS on March 27. The 2000-year-old UNESCO world heritage site has been under ISIS’ control since last summer.

On Monday, archeologists assessed the damaged done in Palmyra and determined that about 80 per cent of the ancient ruins and sites in the city remain intact. However, ISIS militants destroyed the Temple of Bel, one of the most important ancient religious buildings in the Middle East. The also destroyed the Arch of Triumph, another historically significant monument.

4. Architect Dame Zaha Hadid dies at 65

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Acclaimed architect Dame Zaha Hadid died at 65 from a heart attack on Thursday. Hadid was born in Iraq but moved to London in 1979. Some of her most well-known designs include the Aquatics Centre built for the 2012 London Olympics and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.

5. Donald Trump makes controversial comments about abortion

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Donald Trump made controversial comments about abortion during an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews last week. Trump said that abortion needs to be banned in America and women should face legal punishment if they decided to go through with an abortion.

But on Friday, Trump appeared to reverse his position in an interview with CBS’s Dickerson on Face the Nation.“At this moment the laws are set. And I think we have to leave it that way,” said Trump. 

6. Scientists find proof that unicorns existed 29,000 years ago

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Finally, there is proof that unicorns existed. Scientists have found the remains of a creature known as the “Siberian Unicorn.” The animal roamed the earth at the same time as humans, about 29,000 years ago.

Scientists from Russia’s Tomsk State University (TSU) examined the fossilized skull of the Unicorn, which was discovered in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan. The Siberian Unicorn was very different from the beautiful, majestic, creatures depicted in popular culture. These animals looked like big, hairy, rhinos with a giant horn. 

7. Pakistan Easter attack kills over 70

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A deadly bombing in Lahore, Pakistan, has left over 70 dead. The attacks took place in a park while families were enjoying Easter Sunday. A Pakistan Taliban faction took responsibility for the attack. They were targeting Christians, but the majority of those killed were Muslims.

8. EgyptAir plane Hijacked

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An EgyptAir plane travelling from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to emergency land in Cyprus on Tuesday. The hijacker has been identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa, who claimed to be wearing a suicide belt. It was later determined to be fake and made out of cell phone cases.

Mustafa surrendered and was arrested by authorities in Cyprus. Mustafa’s motives remain unknown but it is believed that he wanted to talk to his estranged wife who lives in Cyrpus. All 81 people on board were evacuated safely. Some passengers seemed to feel Mustafa was not a threat at all because they ended up taking selfies with him.

9. Los Angeles man charged with shooting son for being gay

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A Los Angeles man has been arrested for shooting and killing his son for being gay. Shehada Issa, 60, was charged on Friday with murder as a hate crime for his 29-year-old son’s death. “The murder was committed because of the victim’s sexual orientation and because of the defendant’s perception of that status and the victim’s association with a person and a group of that status,” said prosecutors.

His mother was also found dead in the home, and it is believed foul play was also involved.