Weekly World News

Archidona, Spain 

500 Algerian migrants were intercepted to a Spanish prison after the migrant detention centers faced a space shortage. While the prison is brand-new, it is designed to hold 2,000 prisoners and was supposed to open this year. Residents of the town helped collect food and clothing but migrants held protests in the prison. 

Original story by Raphael Minder, Jan. 10, 2018. The New York Times. 

Siena, Italy 

Pope Francis’ charity office announced that it was planning on taking more than 2,000 homeless and poor people to the circus, including refugees and prisoners. Despite the gesture, animal rights activists, such as the Animal Protection League have criticized the idea due to the mistreatment of animals in the circus. 

Original story by Gaia Pianigiani, Jan. 10, 2018. The New York Times. 

Southern California 

At least 17 people are dead after a massive mudslide destroyed roughly 300 houses. Rescue workers are still searching for survivors and many have been evacuated from the area. The mudslides come just weeks after wildfires burned away plants in the area. 

Original story by Thomas Fuller, Jan. 10, 2018. The New York Times. 

Sahara Desert 

News stations in Algeria have reported approximately 15 inches of snow in the region of Aïn Séfra. The desert is known for its extreme temperatures, however, experts say snowfall is quite rare, although how rare is unknown as the Sahara Desert is as big as the United States and weather stations are few and far between. 

Original story by Iliana Magra, Jan. 9, 2018. The New York Times. 

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