What’d I Miss?: World News Update 8/13-8/19

Here’s a quick round up of the world’s news for the past week…

EUROPE:

– Members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, jailed in February for performing an anti-Putin song at the Russian Orthodox church, were given 2 year sentences for “hooliganism”, despite the call of top clerics to “show mercy” on the band.

Masked members of the band.  Photo Courtesy of The Blaze

MIDDLE EAST:

– Ex-Prime Minister of Syria, Riad Hijab, who recently defected to Jordan, has stated that he is joining the rebels, and that the Assad regime is crumbling.

– Israel has announced that they are ready and willing for a short war with nuclear Iran.

AFRICA:

– In South Africa, week of national mourning began for striking miners killed when police opened fire on them.

South Africans in mourning.  Photo Courtesy of BBC World News

ASIA:

– Armed gunmen stormed a Pakistani military base earlier this week; the Pakistani Taliban are now claiming responsibility for the attack.

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN:

– In a statement made from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been granted asylum, Julian Assange urged the United States to ” renounce its witch hunt” against Wikileaks, and to free Bradley Manning.

Julian Assange, founder and editor-in-cheif of Wikileaks.  Photo Courtesy of BBC World News

U.S. & CANADA:

– The U.S. formally launched President Obama’s immigration reform plan this week. The plan, which in its “Dream Act” form failed to get through the congress several times, will make it possible for 1.7 million undocumented people to be exempt from deportation.

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