Currently the deadliest outbreak of Ebola in recorded history is ravaging its way across West Africa—as of the first week of August, the virus has hit Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria, killing roughly 800 people and infecting about 1,300.
Both Russia and separatist groups have responded to accusations of involvement with the missile launch by denying all responsibility. Rebel leaders have suggested that Ukraine’s armed forces may have shot down the plane.
The Prime Minister of Japan has been shifting the political atmosphere of Japan as much as earthquakes shake the island’s terrain. The greatest change came in late June when Abe’s plan to reinterpret Japan’s outdated constitution, in particular the war-renouncing article 9, was approved by the Japanese cabinet.
On July 7, 2014 the European Court of Human Rights upheld the French law that banned the public wearing of the niqab, the full-faced veil worn by some Muslim women, in the recent case S.A.S. v. France.
There are presently an estimated number of 10,000 soldiers fighting under the IS moniker who, in addition to attacks on government and military targets, have claimed responsibility for attacks that have killed thousands of civilians.
Boko Haram, whose name figuratively translates to “Western civilization is sinful,” emerged from a Nigerian ultraconservative Muslim group in 2002 and became a jihadist organization in 2009 by then-leader Mohammed Yusuf.
Despite the ongoing political and economic standoff with the United States, Cuba is beginning to open itself to foreign trade and relations, which could lead to improved civil and social rights.