International Summer Recap

Photo courtesy of telegraph.co.uk: “All eyes were on Turkey during the volatile uprising this July”

While Turkey and Israel were making amends and Brexit was rocking the world, we were finishing up the school year. Although class time came to a halt, the world sure didn’t. Here’s a quick recap of what we all missed this summer break:

July:

South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of his twenty nine year old girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

North Korea cut off all diplomatic communications with the U.S. due to perceived human rights abuse. North Korea claims the nation will now deal with all relations with the U.S. using its wartime law.

A terrorist in Nice, France, drove a cargo truck into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day. Eighty-six people died, and 434 were injured.

In Turkey, tanks entered the capital, Istanbul, to attempt a coup. The attack killed 290 people and injured 1400. The Turkish government blamed the coup on unruly soldiers disregarding orders of their superiors.

A suicide bombing occurred near a music festival in Ansbach, Germany. The bombing left twelve citizens injured.

A mass killing in Japan at a rehabilitation hospital occurred and went down as the most gruesome mass stabbing the nation has seen. Nineteen were left dead; according to the killer he was targeting crippled patients.

Multiple men pledging allegiance to ISIS invaded a church in Normandy, brutally killing an 84-year-old priest.

August:

Thailand composed a new constitution, the second in the past 84 years. The monarchy is to experience dramatic changes in its military due to the new laws.

A suicide bomber, who pledged allegiance to the terrorist group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, attacked a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, leaving 74 dead and more injured.

Turkish troops entered the Syrian war by sending troops to Syria to fight off ISIS. In Turkey, a suicide bomber attacked a wedding, leaving 53 dead. It is speculated that ISIS was behind this.

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Photo courtesy of Wall Street Journal: “Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was impeached this August.”

An agreement was made between Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), marking the beginning of a more peaceful nation and ending the decades of civil war.

An airstrike in Syria left one of ISIS’s senior leaders, Dr. Wa’il, dead.

Former Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached due to her violation of budget laws.

By Chloe Derrico

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