News Update for October 16

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Truck Explosions Kill Hundreds in Somalia

Source: The New York Times

The bombing took place on Saturday, and on Sunday the death toll had risen from 20 to more than 270, and counting. More than 300 people were injured. According to Senator Abshir Ahmed, it is the deadliest incident since the 1990s. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, but suspicion has fallen on the Shabab, Somali-based militants who have terrorized the country and East Africa for years. Some of the militants proclaim allegiance to Al Qaeda, while others support the Islamic State.

 

Hollywood Expels Movie Magnate

Source: The New York Times

Harvey Weinstein’s studios have won more than 80 Oscars. Now, after a series of accusations of sexual misconduct, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the governing body of Hollywood, has voted to oust him. Although his misbehavior had been going on for years, nobody dared to accuse him, due to his enormous prestige and influence.

 

North Korean Hackers – A serious Threat

Source: The New York Times

The North Korean army of more than 6,000 hackers is persistent and improving, according to American and British Security officers. While the whole world concentrates on Pyongyang’s progress in developing nuclear weapons, the country has quietly developed a cyberprogram that is stealing hundreds of millions of dollars and releasing global havoc. The same experts who once scoffed at the North Korean hacking prowess now acknowledge it is an almost perfect weapon for a country that is isolated and has little to lose.

 

Bahia Beats Leader

Corinthians suffered their fourth defeat yesterday in the Arena Fonte Nova. A victory by Santos, who plays tonight against Vitória at home, will lessen the gap between first and second place to seven points. With a victory over Curitiba as visitors, Grêmio jumped temporarily to second place.

 

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