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News Briefs: Feb. 16-24

DENVER, Colorado — At Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, Colorado, Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, 32, a former student who graduated in the 1990s, has been charged with two accounts of attempted first-degree murder for opened fire on students as they were leaving school. Two students were wounded. Middle school teacher David Benke tackled Eastwood with the help of another teacher and was able to detain him until police arrived. (Source: CNN,

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Investigators have identified 15 more suspects this week in of the murder of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh last month in a Dubai hotel. The total number of suspects is now at 26. The suspects allegedly entered the United Arab Emirates using false passports. The police chief in Dubai has blamed the murder on Mossad, an Israeli spy agency. (Source: Aljazeera,

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The president of Toyota spoke to the U.S. Congress on Wednesday to answer questions and make an apology about the recent worldwideToyota recall as a result of 8.5 million cars being unsafe. The company’s president, Akio Toyoda, said that he admits, in the rapid pace of Toyota’s growth, they have let their safety standards slip. It was also noted as very unusual that Toyoda came all the way from Tokyo to talk to Congress. Toyoda said the company will do everything they can to fix the problems that caused the cars to be unsafe. (Source: Aljazeera,

ARGENTINA — Argentina has accused Britain of violating international law by allowing the process of drilling for oil in the Falkland Islands this week. Thirty-two other Latin American and Caribbean countries have signed a document with Argentina to file a formal accusation against Britain. The Falkland Islands have been a source of conflict between Argentina and Britain since 1982 when the two countries fought over the territory. While Argentina and Britain have continued other negotiations, sovereignty over the islands is still disputed. (Source: The Guardian,

MONTPELIER, Vermont — The state senate of Vermont voted 26 to 4 on Wednesday to shut down a nuclear plant by the name of the Vermont Yankee. The nuclear plant is 38 years old and it has had problems with leakage in the past. This comes just one week after President Barack Obama announced plans to invest $8.3 billion to build nuclear reactors near Augusta, Georgia. (Source: The New York Times,

HAVANA, Cuba — Orlando Zapata Tamayo died in prison after an 85-day hunger strike. Tamayo was striking in protest of alleged prison beatings and conditions. At 42 years old, he was said to be unrecognizable due to severe emaciation at the time of his death. Amnesty International deemed him one of their “prisoners of conscience.” He is the first prisoner to starve himself to death in nearly four decades. (Source: The Guardian,

Annie Zak

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