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):
Forty-seven fossils of human teeth have been found in southern China, revealing the evidence of migration of early humans out of Africa. The teeth were found in the Fuyan Cave site in China’s Hunan Province. The teeth are believed to be anywhere between 30,000 to 120,000 years old. Before this discovery, scientists did not think that humans existed in Asia over 50,000 years ago. According to the study published in Nature, these teeth prove that early humans were present in Southern China, “30,000-70,000 years earlier than in the Levant and Europe.”
On Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that America’s military presence in Afghanistan will be extended until he leaves office in 2017. Obama said that approximately 5,500 American soldiers will continue their service in order to help Afghan forces fight against Taliban forces. Initially, Obama said that U.S. troops would remain in Afghanistan until the end of 2016. In his address about the policy shift, Obama said that the extended presence of American forces was the “right thing to do.”
Charges have been laid on seven Hong Kong police officers involved in beating protester Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, who was participating in the pro-democracy rallies that took place in October 2014. Video footage of the officers beating Kin-chiu went viral and prompted the charges against the officers, who will appear in court on Monday.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 12, 2015
Deadly twin bombings exploded in a train station in Ankara, Turkey, last Saturday killing 97 people and injuring 246 more. The bombs went off while a peace rally was underway. The Confederation of Public Trade Unions (KESK) was responsible for the rally, as they took to the streets to urge the Turkish government to end conflict with the militant group known as the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The PKK has been involved in conflict with the Turkish government since July. The attack comes weeks before a federal election in Turkey. In a statement, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that there was suspicion that either militants or ISIS are responsible for the attacks.
A strange dimming of a star known as KIC 8462852 has left scientist stunned. Now, some scientists believe the source causing the dimming of the star is actually an alien megastructure. NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has been examining and gathering data on KIC 8462852 and it has been continuously detecting these dimming patterns. “We’d never seen anything like this star. We thought it might be bad data or movement on the spacecraft, but everything checked out,” Tabetha Boyahin, a researcher and postdoctoral candidate, at Yale University told The Atlantic.
Last Sunday, one of the largest elephants in Africa was shot and killed by a German hunter. The hunter paid over $60,000 to obtain a permit in order to kill the elephant in Zimbabwe. The man was on a 21-day hunting trip in the country, where he planned to kill an assortment of wildlife, including lions, leopards and rhinos.
Three people have been killed in the West Bank and Gaza as violence has erupted once again between Israel and Palestine. Two Palestinians were killed on the Gaza border during a confrontation with Israeli troops. In another incident a Palestinian, posing as a journalist, was shot after he stabbed an Israeli soldier. This month, violence has been intensifying as seven Israelis and 37 Palestinians have been killed in continuing uprising between both sides.
A report released by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) has concluded that a Russian-made missile was responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. According to the report, the missile was fired from an eastern area in Ukraine and hit the left side of the plane outside of the cockpit. However, the report stated that a criminal investigation is needed to prove who was responsible for launching the missile. Flight MH17 crashed on July 17, 2014, killing all 283 passengers.
Girl Guides of Canada released their new policy for trans girls. It’s great!! 😉 http://t.co/S3CKWLw3sv
— Sophia Banks (@sophiaphotos) October 15, 2015
The Girl Guides of Canada changed its guidelines last week, welcoming transgender girls into the organization. “All persons who live their lives as female are welcome to join the organization,” reads a statement in the new document entitled Guidelines For the Inclusion of Transgender Members. Prior to this decision, the Girl Guides of Canada only allowed trans girls to join on a case-by-case basis.