Global Headlines (Issue 2)

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor

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Nobel Laureates Awarded

The Nobel Prizes in physiology and medicine, physics, chemistry, and economics were announced in the first week of October. This year’s Nobel Prize in literature was postponed to next year, following sexual -harassment allegations of the husband of one of the Swedish Academy’s members; two of these prizes will be rewarded in 2019 instead.

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Severe flooding in Nigeria kills over 100

Nigeria declared a national disaster following heavy rainfall in central and southern states, leading to flooding which caused thousands to be displaced. The country’s two major rivers overflowed in early September, killing over a hundred, and activating five emergency operation centers to begin search and rescue efforts and spreading humanitarian support.

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Earthquakes hit Indonesia, followed by 12 foot tsunami and volcano eruption

Indonesia’s Mount Soputan erupted on Oct. 3, just 5 days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the island of Palu. Several buildings came down, turning the ground to liquid in some areas, and moving entire neighborhoods. Currently, over 4000 people are presumed dead or injured, but numbers could go up to 6000, experts say.

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Earthquake hits Haiti

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti over the weekend, leading to the deaths of 15 people and the injuries of 333 others. The Haitian civil protection agency deployed over 80 nurses and doctors to the hardest hit areas. Thousands of aftershocks have hit the area, leading to cracked buildings and severe traffic buildups. A couple of days later, heavy rainfall hit Haiti, leading to landslides.

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Elon Musk resigns

Following an investigation of Tesla owner Elon Musk manipulating stocks by the S.E.C, Musk resigned and settled the charges by the S.E.C. with a multimillion dollar settlement. The Tesla stock plunged following his resignation. 

This piece was originally published in the pages of The Winged Post on October 17, 2018.