International Update: What's up with the world?

Gavel Media brings you a weekly brief recap of important worldwide events and where to get more information.

AFRICA

DEMOCRACTIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO—A Congolese rebel group took control of Goma, the capital of the eastern region of the DRC on Nov. 20. This region has been experienced conflict and violence since 1994. The rebels battled against the Congolese army and U.N. troops, many officials and diplomats have fled the region. Citizens are in fear. Read more here. 

KENYA—A grenade that was thrown into a minibus killed seven and wounded 24, in a predominantly Somali neighborhood of Kenya on Nov. 18. Ever since Kenya invaded Somalia in October 2011, attacks like these have escalated, sources say. No one has been found responsible for this particular attack. Read more here.

MALAWI—Laws against homosexuality go under revision as to whether they should be repealed on Nov. 5.  Amnesty International said that the laws are currently suspended pending the decision to repeal them by vote. Homosexual relationships are illegal in most of the African continent with punishment being up to 14 years in prison. Read more here.

(Progress: What the 2012 election said about American attitudes)

ASIA

CHINA—The country finally unveiled its new leaders for the next decade on Nov. 15. Xi Jinping, the current vice president, will take over as head of the Communist Party. Xi has also succeeded to the powerful position of head of China’s Central Military Commission. The new leaders are considered to be consistently conservative and unlikely to bring about political changes. Read more here. And here.

Tanzanian Elephant Tusks
Photo courtesy of Nevit Dilmen/Wikimedia

HONG KONG—Friday, Nov. 16, customs officials confiscated $1.4 million worth of ivory that was smuggled into the country from Tanzania—569 tusks were found hidden under sunflower seeds. The ivory has been deemed illegal. This is the second largest confiscation that has occurred in the past month, the largest amount was worth $3.4 million.  Read more here.

MYANMAR (BURMA)—At least 13 are dead and 40 more are injured as a result of the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the north-central region of Sagaing on Nov. 10. President Barack Obama made a historic visit to the country on Nov. 19, as the first sitting president to ever go to Myanmar. Myanmar has been fearful of U.S. foreign policy and intervention but local residents greeted Obama positively. This visit is a landmark in forging international relations between the U.S. and Myanmar. Read more here. While in Myanmar, Obama met with Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy activist. Read more here.

EUROPE

FRANCE—Ministers on Nov. 7 backed a draft bill to extend marital and adoption rights to same-sex couples, one President Francois Hollande's electoral pledges. The government faced fierce resistance from the Roman Catholic Church as well as social conservatives. Read more here.

GREAT BRITAN—BBC’s director of news Helen Boaden stepped aside on Nov. 12 while an internal review, with regards to the falsely implicated former senior political official in a sex abuse scandal, is being conducted. Read more here.

(BBC Sex Scandal Lingers)

GREECE—On Nov. 11, the Greek parliament approved a bailout budget to try to bring it out of its economic misery. The budget has resulted in cuts to pensions and pay, leaving the Greek unemployment rate at whooping 25 percent. Read more here.

IRELAND—Thousands of protestors challenged the Irish government to change anti-abortion laws in Nov. 17. The protest was in remembrance of a woman who died of a blood infection because she was denied an abortion when doctors knew she was having a miscarriage. Read more here.

Watch: Thousands protest for abortion rights

SPAIN—As Europe continues to struggle through the financial crisis, suicides in Spain take it to an extreme. Widespread foreclosures have caused several to commit suicide as foreclosure agents forced down the doors of their apartments in early November. Read more here.

LATIN AMERICA

ARGENTINA—Nov. 8 'pots and pans' demonstrators lined 14 blocks in Buenos Aires to protect the Argentine government and the possible reelection of President Cristina Fernandez. Read more here.

BRAZIL—There has been a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of cops murdered by Brazil's biggest criminal gang, the PCC, in Sao Paulo. The police force is fighting back and the government has already sent 500 troops in the search for gang members. Read more here.

MIDDLE EAST

GAZA/ISRAEL—Six days ago, on Nov. 14, Israel attacked Gaza, Palestinian territory, through air offensives. More than 100 Palestinians have been killed. Negotiations are ongoing. Some suggest Israel is considering ground invasion of the area. Read more here.

BREAKING: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talk about the Israel-Hamas conflict.

 

Featured photo courtesy of Adrien Facélina/Wikimedia.

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