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Five Facts on News You Might Have Missed This Week

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July 18, 2019 | Blog

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is on the verge of a significant escalation after a case was confirmed in the populous city of Goma, which lies on the border with Rwanda. 

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been spreading for almost a year but has been mostly contained within rural areas of the country. The outbreak is on the verge of spreading into a major city and neighboring countries after a pastor with Ebola traveled through the city. The health ministry states they have taken the proper precautions with travelers who came in contact with the pastor, in hopes of stopping the outbreak from spreading in the city. The outbreak has killed over 1,665 people[1]

Federal prosecutors will not bring charges against a New York City police officer who placed Eric Garner in a deadly chokehold. 

In 2014, police approached Eric Garner for selling loose cigarettes. The videotaped confrontation ended with NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo wrapping his arm around Eric Garner’s neck, who complained “I can’t breathe” when the two fell to the ground. Officer Pantaleo argued that he acted legally, and the use of force was appropriate for someone resisting arrest. The Justice Department said Attorney General William Barr made the final decision to not bring charges against Pantaleo[2]

After months of protests, civilians have signed a deal with military officials in hopes of ending the ongoing political crisis in Sudan. 

Sudan’s crisis began in April after the military ousted President Omar al-Bashir and protestors demanded a transfer of power to civilians. Protests continued as the military refused the transfer. On June 3, over 128 demonstrators were killed in a violent military raid on a sit-in. The new deal states that a military general will lead for the next 21 months before transferingto a civilian leader 18 months before elections. The deal also promises an investigation into violence against protestors[3].  

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions against Myanmar’s top military commander and three of the highest ranking generals for their roles in the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims. 

Attacks against the Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar began in 2017 and included murder, rape, and arson. A significant portion of the ethnic minority was forced to flee the country. The United Nations ruled that the attacks constitute genocide, but no charges have yet been brought to an international court. The United States was the first government to take action against the most senior military leaders in Myanmar with sanctions that bar the top four generals and their family members from entering the U.S[4].

Puerto Rico faces a political crisis amid calls for Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to resign after two senior officials step down. 

Over the weekend, Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism published over 800 pages of messages between the governor and other high ranking politicians. The messages mocked political counterparts with profane homophobic and misogynistic slurs. Gov. Rosselló refuses to resign despite calls from protestors. Two of his top officials resigned after the messages were leaked.The governor has indicated that he intends to run for a second term in 2020[5].


[1]https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/first-ebola-case-confirmed-in-congo-city-of-goma-right-on-rwanda-border/2019/07/15/6f5c5c6e-a6c3-11e9-8733-48c87235f396_story.html?utm_term=.85267939d24d

[2]https://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-wont-bring-federal-charges-against-police-officer-in-eric-garner-case-11563285249

[3]https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-49013899

[4]https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/world/asia/myanmar-generals-us-sanctions-rohingya.html

[5]https://www.npr.org/2019/07/15/742058101/puerto-rico-governor-defies-calls-to-resign-amid-growing-protests-over-text-chat

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