Mumbai Building Collapses, Killing 74Rescue workers stopped searching for survivors in a residential building collapse in a suburb of India’s financial capital on April 6th. The death toll has reached 74 people, including 18 children. Over 35 people have been hospitalized. Local authorities confirm that the building was being constructed illegally to house a massive influx of people in search of jobs and low-cost housing.
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Defies Warnings In spite of stiffer sanctions from the UN, Kim Jong-un announced his plans on April 1st to increase North Korea’s nuclear weapons and strengthen the country’s economy. His plans disregard warnings from the United States that North Korea needs to dispose of its nuclear weapons arsenal.
New Strain of Bird Flu Kills Six in China On April 1st, two men from Xinhua, China died after becoming infected with a type of lesser-known H7N9 strain of avian flu. This strain has not been previously found in humans. Since then, four more people have died and six new people have contracted the virus. Chinese authorities are confident they can control the outbreak by banning poultry trading and killing birds in infected areas.
Cyprus Bailout Sparks Outrage and Protest On March 24th, The European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) offered a $13 billion bailout to Cyprus, a small island country in the East Mediterranean Sea. The EU and IMF request that Cyprus raise $7.5 billion by taxing all bank deposits, which sparks protests in Cyprus. Many wealthy Russians are outraged, as they put their money in Cyprus banks, which are not heavily regulated. The parliament rejects the bail-out and the threat of Cyprus being ejected from the Euro-zone increases.
Lethal Flash Floods Strike Argentina Overnight flooding from torrential rain on April 3rd has killed at least 25 people in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This brings the flash flood’s death toll to at least 31. Large stretches of the provincial capital are under water, which has been causing people to take refuge in their cars and homes. The Governor has confirmed that many of the deaths are from people who decided to take shelter in their cars.
Film Critic Roger Ebert Dies At the age of 70, legendary Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert lost his battle with cancer on April 4th. He was the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism and the first critic to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ebert was first diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in 2002 and lost portions of his jaw and his ability to eat, speak, and drink after 2006 cancer surgeries. Even after his second fight with cancer, Roger Ebert continued to critique films and returned to television.