The Week in World News | 13.02

United States of America

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has led thousands of Native American protestors in a march against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Washington DC. The tribe has been unsuccessful in its legal battle against US authorities who want to construct the pipeline across sacred land. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe claim this will also contaminate the local water supply. The pipeline is due to be completed on April 1 this year.

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A garbage dump landslide has killed at least 46 people, mostly women and children, in Ethopia’s capital city Addis Ababa. The Koshe Garbage Landfill has been used to dump the city’s rubbish for decades and attracts many people who scavenge or live nearby. The most recent landslide buried many makeshift homes and also injured over 30 people. Smaller landslides have previously occurred in the same location, killing others. The Ethiopian government is currently investing in a waste-to-energy facility it hopes will make the site safer, whilst also generating large amount of electricity.

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Australian Sara Connor has been found guilty of the group assault that led to the death of a Balinese police officer in August last year. Connor was holidaying with her British boyfriend David Taylor when a fight broke out between Taylor and the late policeman Wayan Sudarsa. She maintains she was innocent and only intervened in the violent altercation to try and break it up. Connor faces four years in jail and her partner has been sentenced to six.

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The Hindu festival Holi began today. Celebrating the triumph of good over evil, the festival is steeped in the mythology of the Hindu religion and brings together massive groups of people all across the globe. The festival is well known for the use of coloured powder, which is tossed into the air by attendees, bathing everyone in vibrant colours that symbolise the casting away of difference. The date of the festival varies each year in relation to the cycle of the moon.

Image credit: Happy Holi online




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