Reported By Sterling Alic
China and Taiwan's Long Awaited “Family Reunion”
Nothing is more heartwarming than a nice (and awkward) family reunion…or a meeting between two “frenemy” countries whose leaders have not met in over sixty years. China and Taiwan’s president's, Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou respectively, will meet again after a long sixty-six years, since the Communist Revolution in 1949.
First Metro in Sub-Saharan Africa Opens
While I can bet that more than half of you reading this article have frequented Miami’s MetroMover or MetroRail and have probably complained about the one guy who is always blasting music even though he clearly has headphones, Sub-Saharan Africa has only just received this luxury. Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopa, is opening its first metrorail, which is projected to have over 100,000 daily users and ease the crowdedness of the minibuses and traffic in the city’s transportation system.
Russia Suspends All Flights to Egypt Following Plane Crash
In addition to Russia cancelling all flights to Egypt, President Vladimir Putin has requested that the 50,000 Russians vacationing right now in Egypt to return home. While Russia has its own investigators examining the debris in search of a cause, the French have determined that everything was going normal during the flight until there was a sudden explosion, which was believed to be caused by ISIS.
UN to US: Embargo Is A No-Go
If Taiwan and China’s meeting was a family reunion, then the U.S. and Cuba’s new gripe would be akin to a sister and brother fighting over the TV remote. Just as relations between Cuba and the United States seemed to be strengthening, Cuba drew up a highly critical resolution about the embargo. An overwhelming majority of 191 countries joined the Cuba Foreign Minister in his disapproval of the Embargo, voting for the resolution, leaving a measly two countries (the U.S. and Israel) to vote against it.
Migrant Crisis Worsens in Europe
Sleeping on masses of other people in a small boat, surviving off of toothpaste barely for days upon days, fighting against pirates determined to keep you from reaching safety on the shore––this is the unfortunate reality of many of the refugees flocking towards Europe. In the last month alone, more than 218,000 migrants flooded Europe’s southern countries, which is more people than the amount of migrants fleeing to Europe in all of 2014 (216,000 migrants). The situation also looks like it’s getting worse because by 2017, it is expected that there will be an influx of a record 3 million migrants, the majority fleeing as refugees from Syria.