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

Dec 19 2017, 6:29 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):

November 7 to 13, 2015

1. Bomb blast in Lebanon leaves over 43 dead

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At least 43 people have died and over 200 are injured after two explosions went off in a residential Beirut suburb. The double blasts occurred in the Ain al-Sikke neighbourhood of Bourj al Barajneh. The area is described as a “stronghold” of support for the Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah, which backs the Syrian government in the civil war occurring across the border. According to officials, the explosions were set off by suicide bombers. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

2. Brazilian man tested for Ebola after returning from Guinea

A Brazilian man is being tested for Ebola after he returned from a trip to Guinea. According to Brazil’s health minister Marcelo Castro on Wednesday, the test results would take 24 hours to process. The 46-year-old patient returned to Brazil from Guinea on November 6 and went to a hospital two days later, as he was experiencing head and muscle aches. He was then taken to an infectious disease hospital in Rio de Janeiro for further testing.

3. Myanmar elects Aung San Suu Kyi as new president in first democratic election in 25 years

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In its first free national election in 25 years, Myanmar has voted Aung San Suu Kyi of the National League of Democracy (NLD) as its new president. For nearly half a century, Myanmar has been under military rule. So far, Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD have secured over 50 per cent of  the 329 political seats available. However, the NLD must win 67 per cent of seats in parliament, as 25 per cent of the seats were reserved for the military prior to the election.

4. ‘Wheel of Giants’ discovered to be as old as Stonehenge

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An ancient monument found in the Middle East is said to be as old as Stonehenge, as experts believe it was built nearly 5,000 years ago. The structure, known as the “Wheel of Giants,” is located in the Golan Heights of Syria. It is composed of five connecting circles that reach nearly 2.5 metres in height. At the middle of the giant circular monument is a burial ground. Experts are still unsure who built the Wheel of Giants or what purpose it served. “It’s an enigmatic site. We have bits of information, but not the whole picture,” said Uri Berger, an expert on megalithic tombs with the Israel Antiquities Authority, according to The Jerusalem Post.

5.  U.S. airstrike in Syria targets ‘Jihadi John”

The United States mobilized a drone air strike in Syria on Thursday, targeting the Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John,” who was involved in the filmed killings of American, British, and Japanese hostages. Jihadi John, whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, was a British citizen and computer programmer before he joined ISIS. The video of Emwazi participating in the killings of the hostages was released over a year ago, making him one of  the militant organization’s most wanted men.

American officials are yet to confirm whether the air strike in the Syrian city of Raqqa, killed Emwazi. “We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate,” said Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook, according to Reuters.

6. Ukraine approves bill that bans discrimination against gays in the work place

Ukraine’s parliament passed a bill on Thursday that bans discrimination against gays in the work place. The new law is a key step to establish visa-free travel from the Ukraine to European Union (EU) nations. Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, called the legislation a “historic” decision, as the nation is working on strengthening its ties with the EU. “It is important to show that Ukraine is a European country, not a crass Soviet state where you can still feel the Russian influence that invaded post-Soviet countries,” said Ukrainian MP,  Volodymyr Ariev, according to Euronews.

7. Hundreds gather outside Downing Street to protest Indian Prime Minister’s visit to the U.K.

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India’s prime minister Narendra Modi was met with hundreds of protesters during the first day of his visit to the U.K. Protesters from various backgrounds including Nepalis, Sikhs, and Kashmiris stood outside Downing Street expressing their disapproval with Modi and his alleged human rights abuses and discrimination against minorities in India. The U.K. banned Modi from entering the country for over a decade after he was accused of not doing enough to stop anti-Muslim riots in 2002. The riots killed 900 people, the majority of the Muslims, in India’s Gujarat state. In 2012, the U.K.’s ban against Modi expired. During his three-day visit, Modi will meet with business leaders in hopes of strengthening economic ties between India and the U.K.

8. University of Missouri system president resigns as campus wide protests against racism continue

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The president of the University of Missouri system, Tim Wolf, resigned on Tuesday after a growing protest movement on campus regarding the systematic oppression and acts of racism that have occurred at the school, specifically against black students. On November 2, graduate student Jonathan Butler went on a hunger strike, stating that he would not stop until Tim Wolfe addressed the issues of racism and discrimination at the school. The university’s football team also took action saying they would not play in any games until the concerns of students were taken seriously by Wolfe and administration.

The University of Missouri has a long history of racism and oppression against minority students. Some recent incidents include the school’s student government president, who is black, claiming he was called a racial slur in public before the school’s homecoming game on October 10, and a swastika drawn in human feces being found in a dorm bathroom. On Thursday, it was announced that Wolf would be replaced by interim president Michael Middleton.

9. Egyptian pyramid scan finds mysterious thermal hot spots

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Scientists have discovered mysterious “thermal anomalies” after conducting heat scans on the pyramids of Giza in Egypt. An initial scan found high temperatures in three stones at the bottom of the Great Pyramid. “The first row of the pyramid’s stones are all uniform, then we come here and find that there’s a difference in the formation,” said Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damati, according to the BBC. Researchers will continue their study until the end of 2016 to discover more about the thermal anomalies and what causes them.


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