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72 Dead After Plane Crashes in Nepal

72 Dead After Plane Crashes in Nepal

Sanjay Palta-Hill January 23, 2023

On January 15, a plane flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara in Nepal crashed, killing all 72 people on board. The pilots were attempting to land the plane at Pokhara International Airport, which opened its...

Brazils Capital Stormed on January 8th

Brazil’s Capital Stormed on January 8th

Jonathan Buscher January 22, 2023

Following a victory in the October 30th Brazilian run-off election and subsequent claims of election fraud, the inauguration of newly elected Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) occurred...

Australia Cuts Almost One-Third of Beach Plastic in Six Years

Australia Cuts Almost One-Third of Beach Plastic in Six Years

Jonathan Buscher January 22, 2023

In a study conducted by the Australian National Science Agency in early 2023, it was determined that the amount of plastic on Australian beaches had declined a full 29% since a prior survey in 2013. The...

Deadly Earthquakes Strike Indonesia

Deadly Earthquakes Strike Indonesia

Jonathan Buscher December 12, 2022

On Monday, November 21, 2022, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Indonesia in the Cianjur region of West Java, causing excessive damage, death, and injury in the area. This tragedy was then followed by a later...

U.S. and Iran Tensions with the World Cup and Protests

U.S. and Iran Tensions with the World Cup and Protests

Jonathan Buscher December 12, 2022

Prior to the U.S. v. Iran soccer match of the World Cup’s Group B on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, the United States Soccer Federation decided to display the Iranian flag on social media without the Islamic...

Seoul Halloween Crowd Crush

Seoul Halloween Crowd Crush

Vince Kim November 27, 2022

On a Saturday evening October 29, a massive Halloween crowd of 100,000 people in the Itaewon district of South Korea’s capital Seoul devolved into a disastrous crowd crush. The narrow, sloped streets...

COP27 Strike Landmark Deal, But Plans On Reducing Emissions Remain Unclear

COP27 Strike Landmark Deal, But Plans On Reducing Emissions Remain Unclear

Vince Kim November 27, 2022

Countries came to an agreement at the COP27 climate summit on Nov. 20 to provide a loss and damage fund for vulnerable countries damaged by climate disasters. While the breakthrough deal has been considered...

Ukraines Grain Deal

Ukraine’s Grain Deal

Ava Kahn November 27, 2022

Ukraine is one of the largest exporters of wheat, corn, and sunflower oil. When war broke out between Ukraine and Russia, global food prices rose significantly. Following this, a deal was brokered by the...

Developments in Ukraine: November 2022

Developments in Ukraine: November 2022

Sanjay Palta-Hill November 27, 2022

Nearly nine months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainians received a huge morale boost after pushing Russian forces out of the city of Kherson. Kherson is a key city in southeastern Ukraine that...

Claims of Election Fraud  Despite of Certified Brazilian Election

Claims of Election Fraud Despite of Certified Brazilian Election

Jonathan Buscher November 22, 2022

During the second-round election of the Brazilian Presidential race on October 30, 2022, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, most commonly known as simply Lula, was elected as Brazil’s new president as he defeated...

Endangered Frog Populations Rebound After Ponds Built in Switzerland

Endangered Frog Populations Rebound After Ponds Built in Switzerland

Jonathan Buscher November 22, 2022

Over the past few decades, amphibian populations have been declining on a global scale due to factors such as disease, invasive species, and more human-derived problems, such as urbanization, road construction,...

Attempted Assassination of Imran Khan by Political Rival

Attempted Assassination of Imran Khan by Political Rival

Alexandra Saffman November 22, 2022

On November 3rd, 2022, Imran Khan, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, was shot in the shin in what is believed to have been an assassination attempt. He is currently in stable condition. Khan was ousted...

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