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Philadelphia to host the 2016 DNC

 
The Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia in July 2016. On Thursday, Feb. 12, the Democratic National Committee confirmed their selection. Philadelphia was chosen over Brooklyn, New York and Columbus, Ohio.
 
According to CNN, the decision was announced through a Facebook video post, where DNC chairwoman and congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz…

Gunman dead after two shootings in Denmark

 
A free speech debate in Copenhagen was interrupted on Saturday, Feb. 14 when a gunman opened fire, killing one attendant and injuring three police officers.
 
According to witnesses, a 22-year-old unnamed gunman opened fire outside of the venue, attempting to enter it before armed guards returned fire. The gunman fled in response, Reuters…

Venezuelan leaders aim for better relations with U.S.

Over the last year, relations between the United States and Venezuela have reportedly been rocky and filled with growing tensions. While these tensions continue to escalate, Venezuelan leaders are calling for improved relations.

On New Year’s Day, Vice President Joe Biden met with President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela in Brazil, according to The New York…

Canada lifts ban on assisted suicide

 
The Canadian Supreme Court voted unanimously on Friday, Feb. 6 to lift the national ban against physician-assisted suicide. The ban, which was passed in 1993 according to The Washington Post, prohibits doctors from helping terminally ill patients end their suffering.
 
The International Business Times reported that the court ruled the two-decade-old ban on…

Russian-Ukrainian conflict persists

 
Heightened Russian aggression over the last three weeks of January in Ukraine has led to 224 fatalities and over 540 injuries.
 
World leaders have debated how Western nations should aid Ukraine.
 
The White House has considered sending weapons to assist with Ukrainian security in the hopes of defending against Russian separatist aggression.…

Jordan retaliates against Islamic State group with airstrikes

 
 
After the Islamic State group killed a Jordanian pilot, the Jordanian military retaliated by launching airstrikes against the militants. In addition, the Islamic State recently claimed an American hostage was killed by the airstrikes in Syria, according to USA Today.
 
The Islamic State released a statement saying Kayla Mueller was killed in…

Militant combat rattles the Middle East

 
Egypt
 
At least 26 Egyptian soldiers and civilians were killed by extremist militants on Thursday, Jan. 29, according to the BBC. The militant group, Sinai Province, has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State group.
 
The Sinai Province targeted police headquarters, a military base, an army checkpoint and a residential complex for…

Measles outbreak hits upstate New York

The recent measles outbreak that spread throughout the country has now reached the state of New York. On Sunday, Feb. 1, ABC reported an infected student from Bard College took an Amtrak train the week before from Penn Station to Albany, exposing the disease to thousands of other passengers and people in several cities in…

SCOTUS to rule on lethal injection drug

 
The Supreme Court of the United States  ruled to stay the executions of three convicted murderers in Oklahoma on Wednesday, Jan. 28.
 
The executions of Richard Glossip, John Grant and Benjamin Cole have been postponed as a result of pending deliberations surrounding the three-drug mix used in lethal injections. It is in question…

Senate passes Keystone XL pipeline bill

 
The U.S. Senate passed the controversial Keystone XL pipeline bill on Jan. 29, following a five-year fight through the legislative branch. President Barack Obama previously said he will veto the bill in the first confrontation between Obama and a Republican-controlled Congress.
 
The senate voted 62 to 36 in favor of the pipeline, including…

Everyday Beauty

As much as I enjoy my job at The Carroll News, being the World News Editor does come with its drawbacks. The most prevalent of these is that it can be highly depressing at times.
 
On a weekly basis, it is my responsibility to determine which articles will be printed in this section. That…

Ebola virus may become more contagious

 
 
Scientists from the Institut Pasteur in France reported that despite a decline in Ebola cases in West Africa in the last several months, the virus may be mutating.
 
Concerned with higher degrees of contagion and the possibility of the virus becoming airborne, scientists are examining blood samples taken from infected patients in…

Sex scandal rocks royal family

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, addressed the world in a speech on Thursday, Jan. 22, vehemently denying allegations about having sexual relations with an underage American girl in 2001, according to USA Today. The allegations emerged about two weeks previously in a long-running Florida lawsuit.
 
Virginia Roberts, a 31-year-old mother of three, claims she…

Balance of power in question after Saudi Arabian king dies

Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the sixth king of Saudi Arabia, died on Friday, Jan. 23 at age 90, according to The Washington Post. The king had been admitted to a Riyadh hospital on Dec. 31 due to a lung infection.
 
According to The New York Times, the royal family moved quickly after Abdullah’s death to…

Stop the Stigma

Last week, it was reported that texts dating back to 1300 BCE showed evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder.
 
Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University made this discovery while translating ancient Mesopotamian texts, according to the BBC. Previously, the first historical mentions of PTSD were accredited to the Greek historian Herodotus, who lived in the 400s…

The Islamic State group executes Japanese Hostage

The Islamic State Group released a photo accompanied by an audio clip depicting the beheading of 42-year-old Haruna Yukawa on Saturday, Jan. 24.

It is unclear when Yukawa and 47-year-old Kenji Goto, another Japanese hostage, were captured by the Islamic State group. They were not reported missing until the Islamic State group posted a ransom…

Candidates planning for 2016

Although there are still nearly two years until a new president takes office, many figures in electoral politics are already preparing for the election. The presidential election of 2016 is already heating up. However,  no major potential candidates have officially announced their bid for the White House.
 
All eyes remain on Hillary Rodham Clinton.…

SCOTUS to hear gay marriage cases

 
By the end of June 2015, the Supreme Court will reportedly decide if individual states are legally allowed to ban same-sex marriage.
 
On Friday, Jan. 16, the Supreme Court accepted several cases from same-sex couples in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan after an appeals court in Cincinnati, Ohio upheld the states’ right to…

Al-Qaida takes credit for attacks on Paris magazine

 
An al-Qaida sect located in Yemen claimed responsibility on Wednesday, Jan. 14 for the attacks that took place throughout France at a satirical magazine, a printing business and a Jewish supermarket, according to CNN. Seventeen people were killed over the course of the first week of January.
 
Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi carried…

Obama tightens cyber laws after hacks

 
Recent hacks on both Sony Pictures and the Pentagon’s official Twitter and YouTube accounts have led President Obama to call for tighter legislation regarding cyber security in the United States.
 
According to The Washington Post, this marks the government’s latest attempts at stopping the increasing number of cyber attacks on America’s corporations and…

U.S. relaxes trade restrictions in Cuba

The United States government removed travel and trade restrictions involving Cuba on Friday, Jan. 16. These restrictions have been in place since the 1960s.
 
Ordinary tourism is still banned. However, the new rules enacted by President Obama will make it easier for Americans to visit the country, particularly for business purposes, according to The…

Fuselage from missing AirAsia flight located

 
The Indonesian government revealed on Wednesday, Jan. 14 that its search team had located the fuselage of the wrecked AirAsia flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea, according to CNN.
 
The airline made international headlines on Sunday, Dec. 28 after one of its planes went missing during its course from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.…

DNA findings question Tudor lineage

After two years of research, the bones found in a Leicester, England parking lot were determined to be those of the missing King Richard III. However, the bigger surprise is that the DNA analysis casts an uncertain light on the legitimacy to the throne of his descendants.
 
The bones were found in August 2012…

Russian economy facing imminent decline

 
Russia is facing economic woes as the nation’s borrowing costs have reached their highest levels in five years. The financial crisis stems from recent economic sanctions from Western nations put on Russia, costing the state $40 billion, as well as remarkably reduced oil prices.
 
Anton Siluanov, Russia’s economic minister, said at a speech…

Anger-fueled protests rock the United States

 
 
Citizens of all races and creeds have taken to the streets to protest – both peacefully and violently – against the recent killings of unarmed black men, as well as the decisions not to charge the white police officers that killed them.
 
Protestors marched with signs during the first week of December. Gathering…