Mount Ontake, a volcano located on Japan’s main island of Honshu, erupted late Saturday morning. While at least 250 people were initially trapped on the common climbing attracting, most made it down to the base by Saturday night. Local government and police announced on Sunday that rescue workers have discovered at least 30 unconscious and most likely dead bodies near the peak of the erupting volcano. Mount Ontake’s last known eruption was in 1979.
Groups of pro-Ukrainian protesters tore down one of the largest statues of Vladimir Lenin in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. Statues of Lenin have been being toppled ever since the beginning of the revolution that drove out the nation’s pro-Russia leader.
In traditional Judaism, only men can grant a religious divorce. Without a religious divorce, even if the couple is separated, women cannot date or remarry without passing on what is considered a tremendous stigma in traditional Orthodox Judaism. With few options according to Jewish law, these “chained wives” are taking to all sorts of social media outlets to publicly shame and disgrace men into granting them with the divorces that they are seeking.
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill making California the first state to adopt requirements for colleges to investigate sexual assault charges. This bill pressures colleges to change the way that they handle rape and sexual assault reports as well as encourages and requires students to give clear consent for sex. The bill is focusing on the idea that “yes means yes” instead of the common “no means no”. Rather than looking for signs of refusal, one must look for signs of agreement. While lawmakers have stated that consent can be non-verbal, such as a nod of the head, clear consent must still be given.
Francis and Anne plan to have the world’s first couple’s euthanasia. While neither of them is terminally ill, they fear the loneliness that will come if either of them dies first of natural causes. The couple has the support of all of their children who have been the ones to find the couple a practitioner willing to perform the killings. They have been granted this joint euthanasia on the grounds that the couple’s mental depression and anguish that would come from being without each other constitutes this “unbearable suffering” that is required to legally justify euthanasia.
Hundreds of gay activists were able to walk in a march to support gay pride on Sunday in the highly conservative Serbian city of Belgrade thanks to thousands of riot police. This march was extremely symbolic as such a rare event in such a conservative city. Michael Davenport, head of the EU mission in Serbia, stated, “This is a very positive and strong message. It is also a strong message to those using the hate language”.
The European Aviation Safety Agency says that mobile devices no longer pose a safety risk on aircrafts. The agency announced that each airline would still have to go through safety reviews and assessment processes in order to make sure that signals sent and received by portable electronic devices do not interfere with aircraft systems. Each airline is responsible for making their own policies regarding electronic device usage, but it is possible that passengers will have access to their cell phones and other such devices whilst in flight.
Fatu Kekula saved the lives of her mother, father, and sister when they became infected with Ebola, while managing to stay healthy. Fatu was in her final year of nursing school when he father fell ill. She brought him home after no hospitals would care for him, where he infected his wife, daughter, and nephew. Using her own methods, Fatu was able to keep her family alive and on their way to recovery until space became available at the JFK Medical Center. Her mother, father, and sister survived, while her cousin never recovered. International aid workers heard about Fatu’s methods and are attempting to teach it to others in West Africa who do not have access to hospitals or any medical care.
Captain Faisal Al-Ghamdi was arrested after refusing to carry out an airstrike on ISIS in Syria. Al-Ghamdi reportedly refused to participate in the ordered airstrikes due to his support for the ISIS terrorist group.
The leader of Al Qaida’s Syria affiliate, known as Nusra Front, threatened that his group would “use all possible means” to fight back against US-led coalition airstrikes. He also warned that the conflict would eventually reach Western countries joining in the alliance. While the US views the affiliate as a terrorist group, Syrian rebels see it as an ally against the Islamic state extremist group and Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.