Egyptians order Youtube ban On February 9th, a Cairo court ordered the Egyptian government to block the popular video sharing site YouTube for one month. Judge Hassouna Tawfiq described the movie The Innocence of Muslims (featured on the site) as “offensive to Islam and the Prophet [Mohammed].” This is the same film that sparked protests last September, which killed 50 people. However, the ruling can be appealed and may not be enforced.
US embassy bombed in Turkey
On February 1st, a suicide bomber associated with a radical Marxist group blew himself up at the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. The explosion killed a Turkish security guard and wounded three other people. Unlike the Benghazi bombing last September, the US government immediately labeled the attack as an act of terrorism. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the bomber was a member of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front, which is fervently anti-US, anti-NATO, and anti-Turkish establishment.
Club fire kills 233 in Brazil
A fire broke out in a club in Santa Maria, Brazil, killing at least 233 people. The cause of the fire was a flare from a performing band’s pyrotechnics. At the time of the fire, the club was filled with tourists and students from nearby universities. Chile President Dilma Rousseff immediately left a summit meeting in Chile to console victim’s families, saying “this tragedy is for all of us.”
Ravens secure Super Bowl xlvii
In a wild game that included a 34 minute stadium blackout, the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was named MVP. The game was held in New Orleans and drew 108.4 million viewers, making it the third highest rated television program ever.
French president Makes Triumphant visit to Mali
French President Francois Hollande received a big welcome when he arrived in Mali on February 2nd. Thousands of people came out to cheer him on, only three weeks after France launched a military intervention to chase out Islamic extremists. Hollande admits that “the fight is not over” and that Malians will have “the responsibility to assure the transition, and especially the security, of their country.”
Meat company under scrutiny
American federal health authorities are looking into reports that 13 people have died in connection to energy shot products. In the past four years, the Food and Drug Administration has received over 92 reports linking 5-Hour Energy to illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths. An investigation has been launched and FDA doctors have advised to use caution when drinking caffeinated energy drinks.