Weekly News Highlights: Top 6 stories from April 10 to 16
Find below the headlines that marked our world last week.
1. Terrorism in Europe
A Belgian prosecutor revealed that the Brussels attackers who were detained in the few days that preceded Sunday were planning a new attack on France.
The Brussels terror cell was planning to attack the Euro 2016 tournament.
Also, Belgian Transport Minister Jacqueline Galant resigned Friday amid Brussels airport security controversy.
2. Kerala temple fire
At least 100 Indian nationals were killed and more than 200 were injured in a fire that broke out in a temple in southern India because of illegal fireworks.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi traveled to the scene.
3. Burundi conflict
Around a quarter of a million people have fled their homes in Burundi due to terror, as opposition militias arrange a comeback, in one of today's biggest humanitarian disasters. The international community is considered absent, as no significant aid or assistance has been offered.
4. U.S. elections
The manager of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Paul Manafort, accused Republican rival Ted Cruz of "not playing by the rules," as he said, according to The Guardian. Trump, who lost to Cruz at the Colorado state convention, said his loss was due to Cruz bribing Colorado delegates. In the general race, Trump is still ahead of Cruz by fewer than 200 delegates.
In the Democratic circle, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Wyoming caucus Sunday, while his rival former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received the support of the state's "superdelegates". Clinton is still in the lead overall, but eyes are now on the upcoming New York Democratic primary, ahead of which both candidates sparred over the Israel-Palestine conflict and other issues in a debate Thursday night.
5. Earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador
At least 23 people died in a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 that hit southern Japan Saturday. The same region was also hit Thursday, April 14, by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2.
In Ecuador, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck in Ecuador Saturday night, April 16, killed 233 people and injured hundreds.
6. Zika virus
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as CDC, was able to finally confirm that the Zika virus causes microcephaly, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development.
Also in the news:
- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned Sunday, April 10.
- Hundreds of migrants were injured in clashes with Macedonian police at the Greece-Macedonia border, in order to prevent migrants from entering Macedonia.
- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff faces possibility of impeachment as a Congressional committee votes in favor of it. The lower house of Congress will have to approve it.
- Following a visit to Greek island Lesbos, Pope Francis went back home with 12 Muslim refugees from Syria, half of which are children.
Cover credit: The Guardian