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From BBC: An excavator is used to dig through rubble in search of bodies in Kathmandu
An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 hit Nepal on Saturday (April 25) about 50 miles northwest of the capital of Kathmandu. Over 1,800 people were killed from the quake, and the country is covered in rubble from the various buildings that crashed, such as the historic nine-story Dharahara tower that came down. The quake also caused multiple avalanches on Mt. Everest that led to the deaths of 17 people. This earthquake was the strongest that Nepal has had in over 80 years. People in the region are used to earthquake tremors because they are common, but this earthquake was much larger than usual and has led to much destruction and tragedy in the area. The earthquake was so large that tremors were felt as far as New Delhi, India about 200 miles away. The U.S. is giving $1 million in immediate assistance to Nepal.
If you want to donate to Nepal, check out this New York Times
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In Burundi, a country in central Africa, protests broke out this weekend as current president Pierre Nkurunziza announced to the public that he would be running for a third term in office. Burundi’s constitution only allows the president to be elected twice. While announcing this, Nkurunziza asked for a peaceful election, but noted that “Whoever wants to create problems with the ruling party elected by the people, he’ll find himself in trouble.” He banned his citizens from protesting, but on Sunday many defied this ban. Protesters threw rocks at the many police officers on the streets of the capital, who responded with tear gas, water cannons, and live ammunition. Protesters claim they will not stop until President Nkurunziza steps down. Meanwhile, more than 12,000 people have fled to neighboring countries in recent weeks citing violence ahead of June’s presidential election.
According to the New York Times
, the Russian hackers that obtained access to the White House computer system a year ago had the ability to read the President’s unclassified emails. The system hosted very sensitive information, and the breach, now found to be more intrusive than before, gave the hackers access to such information. However, the Times
states that although the hackers penetrated “deeply into the State Department’s unclassified system,” they did not “appear to have penetrated closely guarded servers… from Mr. Obama’s BlackBerry.”
However, they gained access to the email archives of White House officials that have communicated with the president, and from these emails, they were able to enter the president’s sent and received emails.