Weekly News Highlights: Top 7 stories from Feb. 28 to March 5

Weekly News Highlights: Top 7 stories from Feb. 28 to March 5

Here's a breakdown of the main world events that occurred in the past week.

1. Indonesia earthquake.

A strong earthquake hit near the Indonesian shore, prompting tsunami alerts that were later called off, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The magnitude of the earthquake was 7.8, and it was felt strongly in West Sumatra in Indonesia, according to Agence-France Presse.

2. Refugee crisis.

The European Union gave an amount of 700 million euros in aids to countries receiving large numbers of refugees so they are able to cope with the influx.

Greece is the recipient of the biggest share of the money, which will be spent over the course of three years. Europe stands today on the verge of a humanitarian and economic crisis as war in Syria continues and refugees keep fleeing.

European Council President Donald Tusk warned would-be economic migrants to stop coming because risking their lives, he said, is "for nothing."

3. Somalia attacks.

Somalia attacks last weekend signaled escalation of al-Shabaab offensive. The militant group aimed to disrupt elections, undermine confidence in international peacekeepers and bring down western-backed government.

Last weekend, a car bomb and suicide attacks in Baidoa killed at least 30 people.

4. United States' elections.

On Super Tuesday, when presidential hopefuls compete in many states in one day, business mogul Donald Trump (R) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) emerged as the biggest winners in seven states each, and have now bigger chances of becoming their parties' nominees.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (D) came in second, claiming victory in several states.

5. Brexit.

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said that a Brexit, or British exit from the European Union, would threaten the Calais border arrangements.

Calais has been the destination of many refugees trying to cross from France to England. Economy minister has suggested Paris could tear up a treaty allowing U.K. police to operate in France.

6. Lula da Silva arrest.

Brazilian police detained former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva after raiding his home, questioning him and accusing him of corruption charges.

This is part of a countrywide investigation into alleged bribes and kickbacks.

7. North Korea nuclear threat.

North Korean President Kim Jong-un ordered nuclear weapons to be readied for use "at any time" against enemies, he said.

Jong-un reportedly told his military to take precautionary measures as the United Nations imposed the toughest sanctions on the country yet.

Cover credit: The Guardian, The New York Times, Amazonaws.com & Sputniknews.com

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