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The first full week of 2020 was not quiet with many events having long-term effects, good and bad. Considering the most recent historic, catastrophic, and scathing affairs, let’s take a look at the week’s most important moments.
The Australian Wildfires
The Australian brush fires started burning in September and continue to grow as they bring disastrous levels of destruction country-wide. According to metro.co.uk, these destructive fires claimed the lives of 25 people and nearly half a billion animals. The article further states that tens of thousands of people in New South Wales have become homeless. Between Victoria and New South Wales alone, over 200 fires are currently burning and may continue for several more months, says npr.org.
Tension Between Iran and the U.S.
On Wednesday, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles that targeted at least two U.S. troop bases in Iraq, claims NPR. The article further states that the attacks were in retaliation after an airstrike, ordered by Trump, killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. According to The Washington Post, the missile attacks ordered by Iran were not intended to kill as no casualties have been validated.
Earthquake In Puerto Rico
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On January 7, a 6.4 magnitude hit the southern part of the Island of Puerto Rico. According to NBC News, the earthquake is believed to be the worst in more than a century, claiming the life of one person and injuring nine. The article further states, the earthquake triggered an island-wide blackout after hitting a power plant that could take up to a year to restore. Due to the earthquake, hundreds of Puerto Ricans are homeless and 300,000 people are left without water, claims Metro.
The Royal Resignation
On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made an unexpected announcement. In a statement delivered via the couple’s Instagram account, the duo plans to ‘step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent.’ According to npr.org, the family intends to divide their time between North America and the U.K while focusing on charitable work. The article further states that the announcement came as a surprise to the rest of the royal family.
The Golden Globes
On January 5th, the 77th annual Golden Globes brought us laughter and celebration. The show was hosted by Ricky Gervais whose monologue was packed with comedy and controversy. The show received criticism for lacking female and diverse nominees after zero women were nominated for best director, claims Wall Street Journal.
To donate to the Australian wildfires, please visit: Donate.google.com.
To donate to Puerto Rico relief efforts, please visit: Direct Relief.