More than 230 dead at burning Brazilian nightclub In Brazil, at least 230 people were killed at a nightclub that caught fire Sunday morning. Club security guard Rodrigo Moura told The Associated Press the venue in the Southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria was at its maximum capacity that night, between 1,000 and 2,000 attendees. [...]
5-year-old accused of terrorism for playing with a bubble gun An ongoing legal battle continues regarding a 5-year-old girl’s suspension from a Pennsylvania elementary school for making “terroristic threats” while playing with a Hello Kitty bubble gun. According to CNN, on Jan. 10, the young girl was talking with fellow students about a “princess” bubble [...]
Israel election turnout More than 10,000 polling stations opened on Tuesday as Israelis participated in a general election. According to BBC News, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to return to office. This year’s election, unlike past campaigns, focused on resolving social and economic issues. Officials said more than 5.6 million people were eligible to [...]
As Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, took an oath to restore peace and security to the people of Mexico, thousands of demonstrators presented themselves during the inauguration to oppose the return of the Institutional Revolutionary Party after a 12-year hiatus. According to the Associated Press, during the inauguration last Saturday approximately 100 protestors were [...]
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said violence in Syria has reached “new and appalling heights of brutality,” as the 20-month conflict continued on Friday. Accompanied by Syrian joint special representative Lakhdar Brahimi, Ki-moon warned the U.N. General Assembly that civilians are massacred daily and “human rights violations are being carried out on a wide scale by [...]
Last Thursday, Palestine was granted non-member observer state status in the U.N., with 138 of 193 member states voting in favor of a resolution to recognize the Middle-Eastern country, despite protests from Israel and the U.S. While Palestine, whose legitimacy has been disputed in a long conflict with Israel, has yet to achieve full membership [...]
Obama launches week of public outreach Yesterday, President Barack Obama met with business leaders at the White House to discuss tax increases on the wealthy and to alleviate the so-called “fiscal cliff,” which is expected to hit on Jan. 1. According to BBC, Obama’s plan is to persuade Republicans to accept tax increases on the [...]
The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, warned Israel on Sunday that the Shi’a Islamic militant group would launch thousands of rockets onto cities across Israel if there was ever an attack on Lebanese soil. Nasrallah’s warning words came four days after an eight-day dispute between Israel and the Islamist Hamas rulers of Gaza. [...]
Puerto Rico, the U.S. territory, has voted to change its long-time relationship with the U.S., in hopes of becoming the 51st state.
Medical marijuana researchers in Israel have created a new strain of medical marijuana, which can alleviate symptoms of several diseases without giving patients a “high” feeling common when using marijuana.
During a press conference last Friday, Ugandan Security Minister Wilson Muruli Mukasa, told the United Nations his country will retract its forces from all U.N. peacekeeping missions. Mukasa said this action was proposed “in order to concentrate on our own security.”