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A Nigerien woman holds up a sign reading we dont want a coup anymore. A military junta overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26, making Niger the latest in a series of coups. (Provided by

Global Headlines (Issue 1)

by Andrew Liang, Co-News Editor August 23, 2023

Niger coup ousts president, neighboring countries threaten retaliation Nigerien military junta National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland declared that they detained and deposed President...

President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands at the North American Leaders’ Summit. Biden and Trudeau joined Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the summing from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10 in Mexico City.

Global Headlines (Issue 4)

by Andrew Liang and Isabella Lo February 2, 2023

Pope Benedict XVI dies at 95 Former Pope Benedict XVI passed away in the Vatican at the age of 95 on Dec. 31 last year. Benedict, who assumed the papacy in 2005, resigned in 2013 due to poor health,...

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced in a press release on Oct. 28 an additional $275 million of aid for Ukraine to help in the country’s resistance against Russia. “[I think that the U.S. should be] increasing aid, providing more refugee opportunities,” Stefan Maxim (10), who has observed the evolution of the war over its duration, said.

United States sends $275 million more in aid to Ukraine

by Felix Chen, Assistant News Editor November 25, 2022

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced in a press release on Oct. 28 an additional $275 million of aid for Ukraine to help in the country’s resistance against Russia. This additional military...

Silicon chip sale to China has been restricted with the CHIPS and Science Act passed by the Biden administration. “[The Biden administration] is doing this to buy time for the U.S. to get a large enough advance [so] that they can accomplish their strategic objectives, get whatever security threshold they want and maybe get some concessions [from China],” upper school history and social science teacher Matt McCorkle said.

US bars selling of certain chips to China amid rising tensions

by Andrew Liang, Assistant STEM Editor November 13, 2022

The Biden administration tightened restrictions on the sale of computer chips to China on Oct. 7, extending a previous August ban. Along with the CHIPS and Science Act, which President Joe Biden signed...

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen wave to Taiwanese officials at a press conference in Taipei on Aug. 2. During the conference, Pelosi stated that she was dedicated to supporting Taiwan and promoting further collaboration between the two countries.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan, holds press release with President Tsai Ing-Wen

by Selina Xu and Medha Yarlagadda September 21, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi flew to Taiwan on Aug. 2 to meet with lawmakers and President Tsai Ing-Wen to reinforce U.S-Taiwan relations, heightening tensions between the U.S. and China.  The Chinese...

Third-grader Sofia Mohammed received her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Nov. 12. The FDA officially authorized the emergency use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children from 5-11 years old with a 91% efficacy rate on Oct. 29.

COVID-19 vaccination mandates enforced in New Zealand, Italy and United States

by Ananya Sriram and Brandon Zau December 1, 2021

New Zealand and Italy placed new vaccine mandates and authorized more vaccines in October to increase vaccination amongst education and healthcare workers. As of Nov. 3, the United States has reported...

Hearts line the National COVID Memorial Wall in Westminster along the River Thames in the United Kingdom.

New restrictions put in place globally as COVID-19 cases begin to rise again

by Rachel Ning and Jasleen Hansra September 2, 2021

Due to the delta variant, a new global strain of COVID-19, countries around the world have begun to implement stricter rules and restrictions in hopes of preventing another large surge of cases. Currently,...

Global Headlines (Issue 1)

Global Headlines (Issue 1)

by Smrithi Sambamurthy, TALON People & Seniors Editor August 26, 2021

Afghanistan falls to Taliban control The Afghan government crumbled on Aug. 15 as the Taliban took charge of Afghanistan. Afghanistan's fall came nearly 20 years after the U.S. invaded the country...

Emergency masks in the upper school office of nurse Clare Elchert. Masks like these are being used in China in public areas, where a novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, is rapidly spreading.

As 2 cases of new coronavirus confirmed in Southern California, public health measures ramp up worldwide

by Eric Fang and Kathy Fang January 28, 2020

Three new cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed in California and Arizona yesterday, as health departments around the world increase disease control measures and as Harker recommends...

An extradition bill proposed by the Hong Kong government has led to a series of demonstrations and protests against it.

Flame of liberty: How Hong Kong’s riots burned through the city’s economy

by Nina Gee and Emily Tan August 28, 2019

It started off peaceful: hundreds of thousands of people marching the streets of Hong Kong, fighting for their right to a due democratic process and for the identity of a nation.  And then, suddenly,...

5 mothers sit at the table, sporting cultural garb and sitting behind plates symbolizing their native cultures. From left to right, the cultures represented are Chinese, Indian, Persian, Peruvian, and African American.

Embracing our mother culture

by Lucy Ge, Sriya Batchu, and Esha Gohil February 22, 2019

Peking duck wrapped in pancake. Shirin polo. Gulab jamun. Whether it’s crispy, sweet, fried, or cheesy, food can be found in family traditions and history of cultures all around the world. For April...

As migrants try to enter the U.S., Pope Francis is in Central America. Historically, in support of helping migrants, the Pope suggested that our fear of immigration is driven by irrational thought.

Pope Francis offers words on migration

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor January 24, 2019

Pope Francis is currently in Central America amidst the longest government shutdown in American history. Though Francis is making the trip to attend the World Youth Day, the trip occurs as a new caravan...

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