90 people are believed to have drowned after a boat capsized off the coast of Zuwarah, Libya. While many of the bodies are still missing, survivors claim that many of the victims were Pakistani migrants attempting to make it to Italy. The U.N. is investigating the accident as the sea was calm during the accident.
Original story by Nick Cumming-Bruce and Declan Walsh, Feb. 2, 2018. The New York Times.
Johannesburg, South Africa
995 miners have been saved after being trapped in a mine for more than 24 hours due to a power outage. While there were no major injuries, unions for miners had safety concerns regarding the lack of backup plans for evacuation. Rescuers were able to deliver food and water to the trapped miners while they waited for the power to come back on and for the elevators to start functioning again. All miners will undergo medical tests and counseling.
Original story by The Associated Press, Feb. 2, 2018. The New York Times.
The 2,000-year-old, pre-Incan Nazca Lines were damaged after a trucker intentionally drove through the protected area. The trucker was arrested and will most likely be charged with an “attack against cultural heritage” and authorities believe that the damage is repairable.
Original story by Megan Specia, Feb. 1, 2018. The New York Times.
Hong Kong, China
Legislature in Hong Kong voted to ban all ivory sales by 2021 in an effort to protect elephants from poaching. Most of the world banned the ivory exchange as early as 1990 but the sale of antique ivory remained legal in Hong Kong, and fresh ivory has continued to reach Hong Kong to be sold along with antiques.
Original story by Tiffany May, Jan. 31, 2018. The New York Times.
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