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 10 headlines so you can stay on top of things.
1. China seizes U.S. underwater drone
A Chinese ship found a U.S. Navy underwater drone in the South China Sea, an area afflicted by ongoing territory disputes among world powers. While the grounds regarding access to these waters remain unclear, the United States contends that the drone was clearly marked and that China must return the device. China’s Defense Ministry claims that they picked up the drone because they weren’t sure if it posed a risk to their sailors. While The Donald was making some idiotic Twitter posts about letting China keep the drone out of spite, Senator John McCain (R) has declared that America’s weak response to the ordeal has only affirmed our deteriorating leverage in global military operations.
2. Henry Heimlich passes away at the age of 96
Henry Heimlich, the surgeon who developed the “bear-hug” maneuver (also known as the Heimlich), died of a heart attack on December 17, 2016. The Heimlich maneuver has saved thousands of lives in choking and drowning situations. In the span of his career, he has not only contributed to improving first-aid emergency response, but he has also invented a number of surgical techniques that were employed in the Vietnam War and are stilly widely used today.
3. Dylann Roof found guilty of Charleston church shooting
Dylan Roof, 22, was finally found guilty of killing nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015. Last week on Thursday, Roof was convicted of all 33 counts and he filled a note saying that he didn’t want the juror to consider his mental health because, according to his racist journal, psychology is a Jewish invention. However, the jurors still need to decide if he should spend a life in prison or a death penalty.
4. Facebook joins fight against the spread of fake news
Facebook is working with five fact-checking organizations to ease users in reporting fake news when they see it. Those five organizations Facebook works with are ABC News, The Associate Press, FactCheck.org, Politifact, and Snopes. It goes this way: if enough people report a story as fake, Facebook will pass it to third-party, fact-checking organisations that are part of the nonprofit Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network.
Next thing, Facebook won’t remove stories that fail the fact-checking process. Instead, the stories will be publicly flagged as “disputed” so they are forced to appear lower down in feed. The silver lining is that users can learn why it is by clicking them but they’ll get warning if they continue to share the “fake news” with their friends.
5. Ukraine nationalizing its largest bank to stabilize crisis
Since the fight against Moscow-supported militant in the east, Ukraine underwent some matter on financial stability that the government needs to take over the ownership of Ukraine’s largest bank, PrivatBank, that previously belonged to oligarch Igor Kolomoisky. According to different sources, the bank holds up to half of all deposits in Ukraine and is crucial for the country’s banking sector. Twenty million Ukrainians use the bank including 3.2 million pensioners.
6. Explosion in Mexico City fireworks market kills dozens
At least 29 people have been killed outside of Mexico City when a series of explosions set off in a crowded fireworks market. The resulting explosions also injured dozens of individuals. The traditional market has experienced fires in the past, resulting in the Mexican Pyrotechnics Institute setting special safety measures for the event. The cause of these explosions is currently being investigated.
7. Obama moves to permanently ban oil drilling along U.S.-owned waters
In his final weeks as POTUS, President Obama may be using his executive authority to set offshore oil drill bans along “the vast majority” of the Atlantic and Arctic Seaboard. This unprecedented measure would help protect and conserve wildlife, the coastal ecosystem, and indigenous culture. It also serves to prevent further damage in areas that are prone to oil spills. It would be difficult for the next president to overturn this order if enacted.
8. Facts remain unknown in Berlin terror attack
German police report that at least 12 people are dead, and 48 more are injured, after a semi-truck drove through a Christmas market in Berlin. The truck came from a Polish company, the owner of which states that the truck may have been hijacked. Police arrested a migrant from Pakistan shortly after the attack, but local news media reported that this suspect was wrongfully accused. Officials say the crash could have been intentional, however, not all of the facts have been gathered yet.
9. Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara
Andrey Karlov, during his speech at the opening of an exhibition, was shot to death by an off-duty Turkish police officer. He stood behind the ambassador, shouted “Allahu Akbar”, pulled the trigger and shouted again “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. Unless our towns are secure, you won’t enjoy security. Only death can take me from here. Everyone who is involved in this suffering will pay a price.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his condolences on behalf of the country while Russian President Vladimir Putin called the killing “a provocation aimed at derailing the ties between Russia and Turkey, as well as the peace process in Syria”. The shooter was then surrounded by Turkish forces and killed, lying dead on the floor. Other three people were wounded.
10. The BAFTAs call for more diversity for its award and membership
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts made changes for two of its major categories in film award, calling for more diversity both onscreen and behind the screen. BAFTA adopts BFI Diversity Standards to decide the eligibility criteria for “outstanding British film” category and “outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer” category. These changes will take effect in 2019.
Besides, BAFTA also improves its membership criteria that now states to remove the requirement in which a person must be recommended by two existing members before joining in. Of the 375 BAFTA members joining this year, 43 percent were female, and 18 percent were from minority ethnic groups, with had a median age of 44. By comparison, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ membership is 23 percent female, 6 percent non-white, and the median age is 62.