The past few weeks have been filled with numerous world shaping events, and since The Anchor has taken a bit of a break on reporting, here is a quick recap of the highlights:
Win for LGBT in Costa Rica
Carlos Alvarado defeated Fabricio Alvarado in the second round of voting to become the new President of Costa Rica. He will be the first president to be pro same-sex marriage.
Brazillian former president submits to 12 year sentence
The impeached Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva addressed the public alongside his impeached successor. He vowed not to fight his arrest and to serve the 12 years given to him for corruption after failing his second appeal despite maintaining to state his innocence. April 8 Terror reaches the north The first terror charges in Finland are leveled at Abderrahman Bouanane in a court within a prison. He is charged with the murder of two and eight attempted murders, all occurring in Turku’s main market square.
Nigerian police fire at civilian protestors
Nigerian police opened fire with bullets and tear gas at Shiite Muslims protesting the imprisonment of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) leader Ibrahim Zakzaky. The protestors did not resort to violence, saying that the only action that would halt their efforts is the liberation of their leader.
Diplomatic meeting with Qatar
President Trump hosts Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, praising their counter-terrorism efforts, which is currently a disputed area of discussion in the White House and among Qatar’s neighbors.
New eyes in the sky
TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is announced to launch from Cape Canaveral on April 16 by NASA. Upon launch, TESS will be searching for exoplanets.
Gaza Strip gets hot Israeli forced open fire on protesters burning tires and Israeli flags along the Gaza border, killing one and injuring 233.
Multilateral response in Syria
The United States, France and the United Kingdom targeted manufacturing plants of chemical weapons and other Syrian military sites in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons within their borders
Russian spy trial in U.K.
In the U.K. case regarding the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skirpal and his daughter Yulia Skirpal, the U.K. opposition leader demanded “incontrovertible evidence.”
An attack unprecedented in size killed one and injured over a dozen others when two cars and “many” militants bearing the U.N. symbols and hallmark blue helmets attacked two U.N. military bases near a Malian airport.
Boston Marathon American
Dream Desiree Linden won the women’s elite race of the Boston Marathon, becoming the first American woman to do so in 33 years. Yuki Kawauchi of Japan won the men’s elite race. In the wheelchair division, Marcel Hug won the men’s race and Tatyana McFadden of the U.S. won the women’s race.
Kite bombs launched at Israeli territory
Gaza Palestinians have begun sending kites attached to firebombs into Israeli territory.
Korea Summit taking shape
In preparation for the interKorean Summit, planned for April 27, 2018, South Korea opened a press center and online platform. This summit precedes, and will set a precedent for, the North Korea-United States summit which has not set a date but is proposed to be before the end of May, 2018.
200 immigrants freed
Proactiva Open Arms ship was released after 29 days, freeing 200 immigrants who were detained along with the ship upon suspicion that the search and rescue mission was taking part in illegal immigration after they refused to return the immigrants to Libya.