Flight MH370 went missing while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March of 2014. Five months after this flight disappeared due to going off the radar, police have found that money has gone missing from a few of it’s passengers’ bank accounts. RM 111,000 have been taken total from four of the passengers’ accounts who were on the flight. This money was withdrawn about four months after the disappearance.
Over the last weeks, the U.S. has taken closer looks at Israel and U.S.-Israeli relations have deteriorated some. As of July 20, 2014, when Israel shelled a U.N. school in Jabaliya, the U.S. has been blamed for supplying these shells. This led to the U.S. monitoring Israel more closely and working with more hesitation. Proof of this is that the White House instructed for the Pentagon to hold back one shipment of missiles that were supposed to go to the Israeli Air Force. Additionally, now White House and State Department approval is required for every request made my Israel.
Before experiencing symptoms of Ebola, an infected nurse travelled to the eastern part of Nigeria, causing a wave of fear that new infections will occur outside of the city. This nurse “disobeyed medical instructions” by travelling to the eastern city of Enugu and then was transported back to the isolation unit in Lagos to be treated. Although the infection of other individuals has not been confirmed, about 21 people are being watched for infection in Enugu.
In response to all the backlash from protests being shut down regarding police brutality on Ferguson, Missouri, President Barack Obama said that police need to respect protesters. For the last four nights, there has been racial discrimination against demonstrators in Ferguson who are protesting the police killing of an unarmed black teenager. Obama said that there is “no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protestors or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their first amendment rights.”
In the August 13, 2014 edition of Neuroscience, a revolutionary experiment on paralysis is reported. A device has been made that creates an artificial connection between legs and arms that can overstep spinal damage. With the use of a computer, the signals are converted into stimulations in the ankles that controlled movement and allowed these subjects to walk. Essentially, whenever the subjects in the experiment swung their arms, their feet would immediately make a walking motion.
After many counts of bullying and links to teenage suicides, Ask.fm was bought for an undisclosed about by the owner of Tinder and Ask.com. Ask.fm is a site where users answer questions that other people have asked them. The company that bought it promised to invest “millions” into preventing bullying and improving safety, and Ask.fm’s founders are leaving the firm.
Two convoys are leading two groups of thousands of protesters from Lahore to the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad. Their goal is to have Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign and essentially change the whole government. Both groups are very upset regarding the decline in the economy, growing dependency on the military, and failure of delivery of services like electricity and water. Because of the protest, access to main roads in Islamabad has been sealed off in advance by riot police.
“Lt Col Bedi Mobuli Egangela is charged with crimes including murder, rape and torture allegedly committed between 2005-2006 in eastern DR Congo.”
ISIS has taken over areas that are responsible for 40% of Iraq’s wheat production, placing a further stranglehold on a quickly destabilizing region. ISIS is known for their business savvy, having overtaken and sold electricity producing capacities in neighboring Syria and is currently seizing farmers lands and grain holds, creating small scale friction with the local populations. Though there is no shortage currently, long term effects of the seizure are unknown.
In response to President Obama’s limited airstrike campaign in an Iraq overrun by terrorist sunni ISIS, the militants have adopted more guerrilla like techniques. They have shifted from their traditional organized military campaigns to insurgent tactics, sometimes posing as locals and blending into seized territories. Kerry has assured there will be no ground campaign in the country.