I’ll Be Brief: World News Shorts

By Nicole Winks


Ebola outbreak: WHO ‘delayed Sierra Leone state of emergency’

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has prevented the country of Sierra Leone from declaring a state of emergency and restricted movement during the Ebola outbreak that caused the deaths of nearly 4,000 people. On Saturday Nov. 6 the country will be officially declared free of the virus because they have passed the prerequisite 42 days since the last infected patient was discharged. The WHO has previously acknowledged failures on their parts for the handling of the situation.

China and Taiwan leaders to meet for historic talks

    For the first time since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, the leaders of China and Taiwan, President Xi Jinping and President Ma Ying-jeong respectively, are set to sit down to discuss issues, using Singapore as the meeting place. The two leaders will not refer to each other as president but as Mr. Ma and Mr. Xi and are set to discuss peace promotion and reduction of hostilities, such as removing the Chinese missiles aimed at Taiwan. They will also be attempting to set up regular meetings between the two country’s national leaders in order to persuade China to allow Taiwan to have a greater recognition in the international community.

Indian woman raped in moving bus in Karnataka

    There has been an outcry of protesting against sexual assault after a 19-year-old woman was raped on a bus on her way to work.  The bus driver and a cleaner of the bus have been arrested in connection with the crime. The woman was the only passenger on the bus and the bus driver gave the wheel to the cleaner and proceeded to rape her. The issue of sexual assault has been a serious issue in India since the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi in Dec. 2012.  However, tougher laws that have been put in place have failed to bring down the number of rape cases.

Syrian child refugees ‘being exploited in Jordan’

    Farmers and companies in Jordan are illegally exploiting children refugees from Syria for child labor.  The children are as young as three years old. Child labor is used frequently in Jordan and approximately 46 percent of Syrian refugee boys over 14-years-old and 14 percent of girls in the same age group are working over 44 hours a week.  However, the legal age in Jordan is 16-years-old.  It is being compared to modern day slave labor.

Anonymous posts Ku Klux Klan alleged sympathizers list

    Anonymous, the hackers’ collective, has struck again, and this time it shared the details of hundreds of Ku Klux Klan sympathizers on the internet. The information was released on Nov. 5, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, made popular by the film “V for Vendetta;” the symbol for the online group being the mask worn in the film.  The campaign dubbed “Hoods Off” was meant as a form of resistance against racial violence.  The details of the list was gathered through interviews of sources, digital espionage, and public information.  Those included on the list were said to be official members of various KKK groups and their closest associates.

US rejects Keystone XL pipeline from Canada

    President Obama has announced that he is rejecting the application for the building of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada.  The reasoning behind the rejection was that the pipeline would not have lowered the gas prices, created long term jobs, or affected energy dependence.  It would not have made a long term contribution to the the economy of the US.  This is a decision on an issue that will please environmentalists, be condemned by Republicans, and be largely overlooked by a majority of Americans who were not very engaged in the issue in the first place, as noted by Anthony Zurcher, a North America politics reporter.

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