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Trump’s Nemesis, Oil for Food, and China: The Week in Review

Trump gets publicly bashed by Muslim women, a Pakistani couple AND Barack Obama, while anthrax hits Russia as a result of global warming. The Assad regime sprays poisonous gas over its own people, and the Czech president calls upon his people to stock up on weapons for self-defense.

We get it, Wednesdays can be tough to get through. In an effort to keep up with the world’s ever-changing news landscape, we’ve put together the top 8 headlines from the week so you can stay on top of things.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Muslim women knock Trump over with a feather.

Following a cynical remark Donald Trump had made about Ghazala Khan, the mother of a Slain US Muslim soldier, Muslim women all over the world bombarded the presidential candidate with thousands and thousands of tweets along with the hashtag #CanYouHearMeNow.

In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Trump responded to Khizr Khan’s claims that Trump has “sacrificed nothing and no one” to which Trump responded with a tactless remark about Mrs. Khan who had been standing beside her husband during the speech saying hinting at the common stereotype of oppressed Muslim women. He said  “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say,” he said, adding that “maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say”.

This is not the only female-unfriendly action by Trump this week. He also practically kicked a mother with her crying baby out of his rally during one of his speeches after having initially told the mother that he didn’t mind her crying baby.

2. Ahmed Zewail, the Father of Femtochemistry, dies at 70.

Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian chemist, Ahmed Zewail, died while paying his daughter a visit in the US. The cause of death is still unknown.

Zewail won the Nobel Prize in 1999 for his keywork that helped establish the field of femtochemstry, becoming the first Arab scientist to win a Nobel Prize in science. He discovered that it was possible with rapid ultrafast laser technique to describe the chemical reaction of atoms in a molecule on very short time scales known as femtoseconds (fs).

3. Venezuela exchanges oil with food from Jamaica as payment.

Venezuela has been in dire need of food and medicine for months, and despite the crisis, the Venezuelan government has refused aid from Amnesty International and The United Nations, turning to a trade pact with Jamaica instead. Jamaica  announced last week that they will be offering around $4 million worth of food and services  in exchange for Venezuelan oil.

This is not the first time for Venezuela to use oil as a form of payment. China has been providing its Venezuelan counterpart $65 billion in loans since 2007, which Venezuela has been trying to repay in form of oil. According to the Inter-American Dialogue, PDVSA – Venezuelan state-run oil company – has sent around 579,000 barrels of oil to China on a daily basis last year.

4. Typhoon Nida hits China, disrupting 500 flights.

Hong Kong’s first major Typhoon struck the city on Tuesday, bringing winds of more than 62 mph and thereby disrupting about 500 flights as well as bus, tram and ferry roots while putting low-lying areas on flood alert.

Last month, Typhoon Nepartak forced at least 420,000 people out of their homes and instigated more than 7.1 billion yuan ($1.1 billion) in losses in China’s Fujian province alone.

5. The Czech President wants to arm his people, and that’s an issue.

Miloš Zeman is reversing his calls for gun control, directly calling upon citizens to arm themselves in the light of the recently escalating terror attacks in Europe.

In an interview with the Czech Blesk newspaper, Zeman said, “Earlier I spoke against possession of large amounts of weapon [by the citizens]. After those [terrorist] attacks, I do not think so any more.”

In further attempts to safeguard the country, the Czech president even suggested building up fences along the Czech borders in case of a larger influx of illegal immigrants.

Other European nations have also been taking up fire arms for self-defense purposes, such as some French citizens and Germans.

6. Reindeer brought about an anthrax outbreak in Russia.

A boy has died as a result of the bacterial infection in north Siberia while dozens of people have been hospitalized, many of whom are children. The government had to airlift people out of the area after confirming that more than 2000 reindeer have died after contracting the infection in the Yamalo-Nenets region of Siberia.

According to local officials, the  reindeer likely picked up the infection from an anthrax infected frozen carcass of a reindeer that died in an anthrax outbreak 3 quarters of a century ago and thawed as a result of an unusually warm summer this year where temperatures in the area rose to a whopping 35 C.  Danger in the area has now been quarantined after Russia sent in troops trained for biological warfare to manage the situation.

 7. The Assad regime attacked civilians with chlorine gas, and the world was silent.

In an act of revenge after Idlib rebels shot down a Russian helicopter killing all 5 soldiers on board, the Asad regime dropped chlorine gas onto the town of Saraqeb in the Idlib province late Monday evening.

At minimum of two chlorine canisters have been dropped by a regime helicopter over the town of 30,000 residents and about 30 people, mostly women and children, have been affected. Chlorine gas can cause shortness of breath and blood foaming from the mouth.

While Syria’s key military backer denies that the chemical attack had taken place, this is not the first time for the Asad regime to use chemical weapons against its own people. According to a report by the Syrian-American Medical Society, at least 161 chemical attacks have been carried out by the regime during the 5 years of the crisis until March 2016, killing at least 1500 and insuring a minimum of 14,581 people.

8. Obama has had it up to here with Trump.

In a White House press conference last week, Obama declared that Donald Trump is “unfit to be president” and  “woefully unprepared to do this job.”

Obama’s statement came out  in the aftermath of Trump’s notorious criticism of the Muslim parents of a US soldier, killed in 2004 in Iraq, who had spoken out against him.

Obama added that despite his differences with Republican candidates and presidents in the past, he never thought they could not function as presidents. Obama concluded that since Republicans have been repeatedly disapproving Trump’s statements, they ought to withdraw their endorsement of the candidate.

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