Spectrum news roundup
We’ve heard a few people were very busy studying for midterms and didn’t have the chance to keep up with the surge of events. So, here’s this week’s quick roundup of trending world news:
- It has been speculated that the United State’s National Security agency has been monitoring French phone calls and the cellphone of German chancellor Angela Merkel. President Obama, during a phone conversation with Merkel, assured her that these allegations are not true.
- Syrian snipers are now specifically targeting unborn babies, and are showing patterns of targeting other body parts.
- Recently in Greece, a girl named Maria, was discovered to not legally or biologically belong to her caretakers, who are part of a Roma community. She was taken into the custody of the Greek police, and subsequent DNA tests have proven that she belongs to a Roma family in Dublin. Here are an opinion piece and letters to the editor dealing with the treatment of the Roma in Europe, and a video explaining who they are.
- Two teachers in different states were killed by students this week, one of them by gunshot. Here’s a 2012 piece about American gun laws.
- The launch of the Affordable Healthcare Act website has been broadly seen as chaotic and slow, with the website contractors blaming White House officials for not having tested the entire system vigorously enough before its launch. It was also revealed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius that President Obama was not aware beforehand of some of the potential problems the site could face.
- 48 female prisoners in Syria have been released as part of a hostage swap aided by Palestine and Qatar.
- The vatican has suspended the “Bishop of Bling” Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst on grounds of overspending on personal purchases.
- On Oct. 26, Saudi Arabian women are planning to protest the inability of women to drive in their country, by driving; the Saudi government has issued its disapproval.
That’s the gist of this week—good luck on your exams and assignments!
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