Weekly News Round-Up 6/1/15-6/5/15: Let It Rain

Greetings from shockingly chilly and misty DC — we anticipate swamp-like conditions will return shortly. This week has been predominately brought to you by Islamophobia from a range of sources, as well as additional candidates for the American presidential election. Elsewhere the Rohingya are still facing severe persecution in Burma, Greece and the EU are duking it out over the former’s debt crisis, and the FIFA scandal has engulfed countries across the world. Cheers to the weekend. (For some happy news, here’s the monsoon rains finally bringing some relief to stranded Rohingya refugees.)

 

 Hope, a four-year old female rhino that survived a horrific poaching attack thanks to dramatic medical intervention, recovers at Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa on May 26. Poachers darted Hope with tranquillizers and hacked off her horn, leaving her for dead. After the attack, Hope was transferred to Shamwari Game Reserve where surgery was performed to fit the protective plate that covers the wound.  Hope is being cared for by Saving the Survivors, an organization which works to save rhino that have been victims of poaching attacks.
Hope, a four-year old female rhino that survived a horrific poaching attack thanks to dramatic medical intervention, recovers at Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa on May 26. Poachers darted Hope with tranquillizers and hacked off her horn, leaving her for dead. After the attack, Hope was transferred to Shamwari Game Reserve where surgery was performed to fit the protective plate that covers the wound.
Hope is being cared for by Saving the Survivors, an organization which works to save rhino that have been victims of poaching attacks.

Assorted Stand-Outs:

 Roberto Salas, left, and Lewis Sternhagen check a flooded car on the frontage road near the Willow Waterhole Bayou on May 26 in Houston.  Officials have been closely watching rising rivers and creeks in Texas after heavy rains last weekend. At least 23 people have died in flooding across the state this week.
Roberto Salas, left, and Lewis Sternhagen check a flooded car on the frontage road near the Willow Waterhole Bayou on May 26 in Houston.
Officials have been closely watching rising rivers and creeks in Texas after heavy rains last weekend. At least 23 people have died in flooding across the state this week.

South Asia:

  • Schools in Nepal are re-opening for the first time since a devastating earthquake ripped the country apart.
  • The owner of Rana Plaza, a factory in Bangladesh whose collapse killed thousands, is being charged with murder.
  • Narendra Modi is officially the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel.
  • India has banned Nestle’s Maggi noodles following discoveries of lead in the product.
  • A bus carrying ethnic Pashtuns traveling from Quetta to Karachi was attacked in Pakistan over the weekend. The mass killings took place in Mastung, and relate to the Baloch struggle for independence.
  • Polio cases have dropped 70% in Pakistan this year.
  • Eight out of ten of the men accused of conspiring to kill Malala Yousafzai were secretly acquitted, according to new reports.
  • The pace of Pakistani executions have many human rights groups concerned.
  • Afghanistan’s Women’s Affairs Minister has laid out her 100 days plan.
. Protesters face off with police officers during a demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in Burundi's capital Bujumbura on May 26. More than a month of demonstrations against the president's decision to seek a third term has sparked the biggest political crisis since an ethnically-charged civil war ended in Burundi in 2005.
. Protesters face off with police officers during a demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura on May 26.
More than a month of demonstrations against the president’s decision to seek a third term has sparked the biggest political crisis since an ethnically-charged civil war ended in Burundi in 2005.

Southeast & East Asia:

 A Rohingya migrant child, who recently arrived in Indonesia by boat, cries as a volunteer cuts his hair inside a temporary compound for refugees in Indonesia's Aceh Province on May 22. Tensions in Myanmar have prompted thousands of Rohingya Muslims to try to flee by boat, with many ending up adrift at sea for months.
A Rohingya migrant child, who recently arrived in Indonesia by boat, cries as a volunteer cuts his hair inside a temporary compound for refugees in Indonesia’s Aceh Province on May 22. Tensions in Myanmar have prompted thousands of Rohingya Muslims to try to flee by boat, with many ending up adrift at sea for months.

Europe & Eurasia:

 The Wolf volcano spews smoke and lava on Isabela Island in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands on May 25. The island is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna and the eruption potentially threatens a unique species of pink iguanas.  The Galapagos archipelago helped inspire Charles Darwin's theory of evolution following his 1835 visit.
The Wolf volcano spews smoke and lava on Isabela Island in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands on May 25. The island is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna and the eruption potentially threatens a unique species of pink iguanas.
The Galapagos archipelago helped inspire Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution following his 1835 visit.

Middle East & North Africa:

A Syrian refugee prays on the beach as he arrives on the Greek island of Kos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey in a dinghy on May 26. Greece is one of the main routes into the European Union for tens of thousands of Asian and African migrants fleeing war and poverty every year.
A Syrian refugee prays on the beach as he arrives on the Greek island of Kos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey in a dinghy on May 26. Greece is one of the main routes into the European Union for tens of thousands of Asian and African migrants fleeing war and poverty every year.

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • At least 30 people were killed in attacks in northeastern Nigeria.
  • The UN has called for an international investigation into allegations that peacekeepers in the CAR committed sexual assault.
  • Sudanese dictator Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected for a five year term.
  • Burundi has postponed its elections amidst rioting and protests.
  • A blast at a petrol station in Ghana reportedly killed as many as 90 people.
  • The Rwandan Green Party has filed suit to prevent Paul Kegame from amending the constitution to allow him to expand his term.
  • The Congo may be set to divide its provinces.
A couple reacts as as Ireland voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum in Dublin on May 23. Ireland became the first country in the world to adopt same-sex marriage by popular vote.
A couple reacts as as Ireland voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum in Dublin on May 23. Ireland became the first country in the world to adopt same-sex marriage by popular vote.

Americas:

 Queen Elizabeth II proceeds through the Royal Gallery before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on May 27 in London.
Queen Elizabeth II proceeds through the Royal Gallery before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on May 27 in London.

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