Weekly News Round-Up 8/3/15-8/7/15: The Atomic Bomb

Stories of the Week

The Republicans. Fox News chose a poll-based system to narrow down which Republican candidates would be allowed to debate in their first televised sparring. The losers notably were relegated to a separate debate. There are no real takeaways, except something about Donald Trump.

Hiroshima. Seventy years after the atomic bomb was dropped in Japan by American forces, its ramifications are still being felt. The New Yorker has republished James Hersey’s article on the event in full.

The plane. The Malaysian plane that went missing is back in the headlines, forever. This is mostly because of CNN, but the Blues felt the need to update you regardless. The latest: more debris have washed up on a small French-controlled island off the coast of Madagascar, and they definitely seem to belong to the plane.

(memorial in hiroshima | freedom II andres | flickr)
(memorial in hiroshima | freedom II andres | flickr)

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Regional Updates

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Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • A drive-by shooting in Burundi killed a top general in violence believed to be linked to the controversy over the country’s president’s efforts to seek another term in office.
  • South Sudan will compete in the 2016 Olympic games.
  • Lion drama in Zimbabwe is ongoing.



  • Australia has admitted to sending nearly 50 asylum seekers back to Vietnam.

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