I’ll Be Brief: World News Shorts

By Nicole Winks

    Spain dismisses Rwanda war crimes case against 40 officials

The Supreme Court in Spain dismissed the case for war crimes against forty Rwandan officials who were accused of revenge killings after the 1994 genocide.  The ruling means that the arrest warrants against them have been revoked, however twenty-nine of the officials could still be prosecuted if they enter any territory of Spain.

    Helping Kalimantan at the heart of the haze

A haze spreads over Southeast Asia once a year due to pollution from forest fires.  At the center of the haze is the city of Kalimantan in Indonesia.  A team from Singapore has gone to Kalimantan to distribute N95 face masks to wear due to the health risks posed by the air quality and to educate on the risks associated with not wearing the masks.

    Syria crisis: Russian Caspian missiles ‘fell in Iran’

Missiles that were launched by Russia from the Caspian sea had the intended target of Syria, but instead landed in Iran. Twenty-six missiles were fired at eleven targets in north and north-west Syria.  It is unclear if the missiles caused any damage at this point.

     Israelis injured in new spate of stabbings

In the latest occurrence of stabbings in Israel, seven were wounded.  One suspected assailant was killed.  Four of the stabbing victims were injured in Tel Aviv before the suspected assailant was shot dead. The other three victims were injured in East Jerusalem, Northern Israel, and the West bank, respectively.  This was the latest in a long string of stabbing incidents recently.

    North Korea releases NYU student

North Korea released Won Moon Joo, a South Korean student attending New York University.  He was detained in April following his illegal entrance into North Korea through China.  He was attempting to create an event that would improve relations between the two Koreas.

    Harvard University debate team loses to New York inmates

Inmates from the Eastern New York Correctional Facility defeated the Harvard University in a debate on whether or not students whose parents entered the US illegally should not be allowed to enter school.  The inmates were defending the issue and the Harvard University students were in opposition to the issue.  The debate was judged by a neutral panel.   

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