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 23 to 28, 2015
1. Russia announces sanctions against Turkey after Russian jet shot down
Russia announced economic sanctions against Turkey after a Russian jet was shot down on Tuesday. A decree published on Kremlin’s website outlines a ban on some Turkish goods, calls for the end of labor contract extensions for Turkish nationals working in Russia, and recommends an end to charter flights between the two nations.
2. Three killed by gunman at Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado
A police officer and two civilians were killed after a gunman opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday. The shooter has been identified as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear. Authorities have not stated a motive for the attack at the clinic, which offers women’s health services such as abortions. Nine people were also injured during the shooting.
3. Gunmen attack Shia mosque in Bangladesh
At least one person is dead and three are injured after gunmen attacked a Shia mosque in Bangladesh on Thursday. The gunmen entered the mosque in the northern Bogra district and began to shoot at civilians inside. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the shooting but the Bangladeshi government says local militant groups including Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB) planned and executed the shooting.
- Read more on Reuters
4. Brussels lowers terror threat level
— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 26, 2015
Belgian authorities have lowered the terrorist treat level in Brussels. After the Paris attacks on November 13, officials worried of the same type of attack in Brussels. Last week, the city was on lockdown as shops were closed, the subway service was suspended, and residents were urged to stay home in fear of a serious and imminent terror threat. The terror level was reduced from level four (the highest) to three on Thursday. “We can confirm that the Threat Analysis Coordination Agency re-evaluated the threat level from four to level three,” a spokesman for the Belgian crisis centre said, according to the BBC.
5. Two arrests made in Mali hotel attack
Malian authorities have arrested two men in connection to the November 20 hotel attack in the country’s capital of Bamako. Two gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu hotel, shooting four security guards and killing 19 people. The extremist group Al-Mourabitoun has taken responsibility for the attack. The gunmen were killed on scene by Malian, French, and American forces. The two suspects were arrested in Bamako last week but no information has been released regarding how they are directly involved with the hotel shootings.
6. Pope Francis embarks on African tour
Pope Francis embarked on his first tour of Africa last Monday. The Pope spent three days in Nairobi and then travelled to a Kenyan shanty town of Kangemi making a speech about acceptance and criticized the nation’s elite for overlooking the poor. “Our world has a grave social debt toward the poor who lack access to drinking water because they are denied a life consistent with their inalienable dignity,” the Pope said, according to CNN. His next stop is Uganda and he will end his tour in the Central African Republic (CAR), on Sunday.
- Read more on BBC
7. Space rocket debris from Elon Musk’s SpaceX found in the Isles of Scilly
A large piece of an American space rocket has been found in the waters off the Isles of Scilly. Coastguards spotted the wreckage from the SpaceX Falcon-9 floating int the water while patrolling the area between the islands of Bryher and Tersco, located 60 miles from Cornwall. The rocket exploded on June 28 during takeoff in Florida.
- Read more on BBC
8. Only three northern white rhinos left in the world
Following a recent death, only three northern white rhinos remain on Earth today: https://t.co/eDhoqLIzMG
— National Geographic (@NatGeo) November 25, 2015
Nola, a 41-year-old northern white rhino living at the San Diego Zoo, was euthanized earlier this week. Only three northern white rhinos remaining on the entire planet. The trio live at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. The animals are protected under tight security 24/7. The near extinction of the northern white rhinos is the direct result of poachers who killed the animals for their horns.
- Read more on AP
9. France mourns victims of terror attacks at memorial service
France mourned the victims of the Paris terror attacks in a memorial service on Friday. Survivors and loved ones of those killed during the November 13 attack gathered at the Invalides national monument as the names of the 130 victims were read in their memory.
“The ordeal has scarred us all, but it will make us stronger. I have confidence in the generation to come. Generations before have also had their identity forged in the flower of youth. The attack of November 13 will remain in the memory of today’s youth as a terrible initiation in the hardness of the world. But also as an invitation to combat it by creating a new commitment,” said French president Francois Hollande during the memorial, according to AP.
- Read more on AP