Weekly News Highlights: Top 7 stories from May 8 to 14
Following is a roundup of last week's most important world events.
1. Brazilian impeachment
Brazil's senate voted Thursday in favor of suspending the country's president, Dilma Rousseff, and putting her on impeachment trial for breaking budget laws, which could last for six months, during which the vice president, Michel Temer, will take over as interim president.
Rousseff's first words on the vote were, "It's a coup."
2. Canada wildfire
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that his government will support and invest in rebuilding Fort McMurray for years to come, after it has been destroyed in a huge and uncontrollable blaze.
Trudeau visited the site Friday to assess the damage.
3. U.S. elections
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wins the West Virginia Democratic primary, keeping up pressure on his advanced rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It remains unlikely though that Sanders can reach the number of delegates Clinton has.
Business mogul Donald Trump won the West Virginia Republican primary. He's the last man standing in the Republican race.
4. Panama Papers
The Panama Papers scandal widened after its huge database of documents revealing at least 200,000 offshore accounts was posted online Tuesday.
The link to visit the database is offshoreleaks.icij.org.
5. Baghdad bombing
At least 64 people were killed and around 90 people were injured after a bomb exploded in Baghdad. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack. A second bomb in the Iraqi capital killed 15 Iraqis while a third bomb killed 20.
6. Migrant crisis
Italians protested over the Austria border fence plan and clashed with the police at Brenner Pass, a mountainous area along the borders of Italy and Austria. Meanwhile in Germany, a far-right march was held calling on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to resign.
7. Refugees in Syria
Around 12,000 people in a refugee camp in Syria were trapped by heavy bombs, shells and bullets around them. Their supplies of food and medicine are running out.
Also in the news:
- According to Moscow-based news agency Interfax, the Armenian Defense Ministry said Monday that the Azerbaijani army continues to shell the Armenian border.
- At least 50 people were killed Sunday in southeastern Afghanistan’s Ghazni province when two buses collided with a fuel truck that exploded.
- Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann resigned Monday, leaving the country in a state of uncertainty as the right wing rises in the face of the migrant crisis.
- U.S. President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Japan's Hiroshima, the site of the first nuclear bomb.
- Venezuela's president Nicolás Maduro declared a state of emergency in the country Saturday after U.S. officials warned the country could disintegrate.
Cover credit: The Guardian, Voice of America News (collage)