MORE NUKES IN N. Korea On January 24th, North Korea stated that they will continue launching rockets and testing nuclear weapons. Many hoped new leader Kim Jong-Un would take a less aggressive path than his father, but a statement from North Korea’s National Defense Commission declares America as the “sworn enemy” of North Korea. Previously, North Korea has insisted that launched satellites and rockets were part of a peaceful space program.
41 HELD HOSTAGE IN ALGERIA
Islamist radicals have taken 41 foreign BP engineers hostage from a worksite in Algeria. At least 60 armed militants stormed the BP gas field to detain several British and American citizens. Many fear for the hostages’ lives and believe the situation is a result of the rebellion situation in Mali.
FIREY HEATWAVE IN AUSTRALIA
Throughout the month of January, southeastern Australia has been devastated by spreading wildfires. Many homes and national parks have been evacuated as temperatures reach 45 degrees Celsius. The record-breaking temperatures and unusually high winds raised Australia’s fire threat level to catastrophic, which is the most severe rating. No people have been killed, but many houses and livestock have been destroyed.
PRE-TEEN KILLER SEEKS BAIL
A 12-year-old Montreal boy accused of fatally shooting his 16-year-old brother is seeking bail to attend the funeral. The boy is also charged with illegal possession of a loaded weapon, but the Crown is unable to release more information since the accused and victim are both minors. His legal team insists that his family believes it is necessary that the young boy attends the funeral, and request that he receives psychological help.
RESCUE RESUMES IN ANTARTICA
On January 23rd a plane carrying three Canadians went down in the north end of Antarctica’s Queen Alexandra range. Searchers have flown over the area where the emergency locator transmitter was activated, but haven’t found anything. Poor weather conditions have stalled the search until now, but searchers say that the plane was properly equipped with cold weather gear that should last up to five days.
LANCE ARMSTRONG COMES CLEAN
Lance Armstong’s lawyer told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that the cyclist will assist with efforts to “clean up cycling,” even though the governing body should take the lead. Last week, Lance Armstrong admitted to Oprah that he took performance-enhancing drugs for all seven of his Tour de France wins. Armstrong has been banned for life, although he admits he would like to compete again. If he co-operates with the USADA, his ban could be reduced to eight years, leaving him free to compete in 2020.