Weekly World News

Algiers, Algeria 

257 soldiers and civilians were killed after a military transport plane crashed into a field before exploding into flames. While there were a few survivors, the cause of the crash is still unknown. Algeria’s Defense Ministry has opened an investigation. 

Original story by Declan Walsh, April 11, 2018. The New York Times. 

São Paulo, Brazil 

20 people are dead and at least four injured after gunmen attacked a prison during a mass escape of inmates. The conflict resulted in a shootout between the police and the gunmen, which left 19 of the prisoners and their supporters and one guard dead. Officials believe there aren’t any missing prisoners. 

Original story by the Associated Press, April 10, 2018. The New York Times. 

Damascus, Syria 

More than 133,000 civilians have fled Damascus, a suburb of the capital, due to the government’s military attack. The United Nations refugee agency has reported that the evacuation was in response to the suspected chemical attack. The region has been under civil war for seven years and Syria has been expected to use chemical weapons against its own people. 

Original story by Nick Cumming-Bruce, April 10, 2018. The New York Times. 

Perth, Australia 

A video has surfaced showing thousands of sheep dying from heat stress on board a ship traveling from Australia to the Middle East. While the video was taken in summer of 2017, it recently gained viral popularity, which has prompted the Australian government to investigate the mistreatment of animals. It was reported that more than 2,400 sheep died of heat stress in their own feces. 

Original story by Brendan Foster, April 8, 2018. The New York Times.

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