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The past several days have seen America turned into a dumpster fire. On Friday, there was a release of tapes from 2005 in which Donald Trump, in conversation with Billy Bush, said some outrageous and derogatory comments about women. When that tape released, the political world stopped turning for hours on end.  The rest of the world continued to exist. Maybe you’re one of those news junkies who knew about the Trump Tapes, but also monitored every single thing else happening on the globe – kudos to you.   If not, we want to keep you up to date on the world’s happenings, so here are eight things you might have missed while the world was setting itself on fire over the Trump Tapes.

1) WikiLeaks Releases Hillary Emails and Transcripts

Thousands of new emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager have been released by WikiLeaks. The leak has spanned multiple days and WikiLeads founder Asange claims they have over 50,000 emails from Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta. The emails referenced everything from anti-Clinton books being released to Chelsea Clinton’s “spoiled brat” attitude to the pushing of Hillary’s grandmotherly persona onto the people.

2) Over 1000 killed in Haiti during Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew has now hit the United States, but not before wreaking havoc on the island nation of Haiti. As of the writing of this article, the death count for the hurricane in Haiti alone reached over a thousand.  According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, over 1.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the area on top of that. Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, and in many ways still recovering from the devastating earthquake that hit the island over a decade ago.

3) 5 High School Students Killed in Vermont Car Crash

Vermont is grieving at the loss of five high school students who were killed in a wrong-way collision on the highway. All five students were sixteen or younger and had bright futures ahead of them. A 36-year-old man was driving a pickup truck the wrong way down the highway when the students were hit and killed. After an office arrived at the scene, that same man stole the officer’s cruiser and later crashed into seven more cars. A vigil was held on Monday evening to remember the students.

4) 140 Killed in Yemen Airstrike

A funeral hall packed with thousands in Yemen’s capital was hit by a Saudi-airstrike on Saturday. 140 were killed and over 500 were injured. Yemen is in the midst of a civil war. The funeral that was bombed was being held for the father of the interior minister of the rebel-led government. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator stated that he was “shocked and outraged” by the airstrikes and called for immediate investigation into the violation of international humanitarian law.

5) Several Food Products Recalled

Food products including Nestle drumstick ice creams, Cesar Classics wet dog food, and Lunchables have been recalled in the past few days. The drumsticks have tested positive for listeria and the recall is precautionary, as no illnesses have been reported yet.  Ham and American Cracker Stackers Lunchables have been recalled for misbranding and undeclared allergens, specifically wheat and soy. The dog food was recalled voluntarily for white plastic pieces that may have entered the containers during production.

6) Rebels Fire at US Navy Destroyer in Red Sea

Houthi-rebel tied missiles were fired at a US Navy Destroyer position in the Red Sea early on the morning of October 10th.  The destroyer was not hit by the missiles, but it was a close call in international waters.  The Navy Captain confirmed that the missiles were launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen, which is currently in the midst of a Civil War. An official in the Obama administration said that the US condemns the “unjustified and unprovoked action” of the rebels against the destroyer.

7) 13-Year Old Indian Girl Dies After 68 Day Religious Fast

Police are investigating after a 13-year old girl died after a religious fast of 68 days. The girl, who the parents claimed voluntarily fasted for Jainism practices, lived for 68 days on boiled water alone. Her parents are currently being booked under culpable homicide, or what our audience might know better as negligent homicide, and cruelty against a minor. An activist told BBC news, The entire nation should be ashamed that such a practice still exists. Her father’s guru advised the family that if she fasted for 68 days, his business would be profitable.” People have also tied her 68-day fast ot the religious practice of santhara, in which a religious practitioner “gives up food and water with the intention of preparing for death.”

8) Nearly 20 Dead After Turkey Car Bombing

A car bombing at a Turkish military checkpoint has left 18 dead, including ten soldiers and eight civilians. The van packed with five tons of explosives was detonated on Sunday by a suicide bomber. This attack has ties to the attempted coup of President Erdogan in July. Aside from the 18 dead, at least 27 were injured, including 16 civilians.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member