9 things that happened around the world last week you should know about

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Each week, we bring you a roundup of some of the biggest stories making headlines around the world.

Here are nine things that happened outside of Vancouver last week that you should know about (in no particular order):

October 17 to 22, 2015

1. Typhoon Koppu kills at least 54 people in the Philippines

Typhoon Koppu has killed at least 54 people in the Philippines as the search for the missing continues. The typhoon hit small coastal and farming villages the hardest, as flooding caused by heavy rains has destroyed infrastructure, leaving many residents homeless. According to officials, extreme flooding has displaced nearly 100,000 people. This is the second strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.

2. Education protests spread across South Africa

Last week, students in South Africa began to protest at the University of Witwatersrand, opposing the 10.5 per cent increase in student fees to be put into motion next year. The protests for affordable and accessible education spread to at least 10 other post secondary institutions across the nation. Students also claim that the majority of South Africa’s black population does not have access to higher education, as it is geared to the wealthy and privileged.

South Africa’s government responded by lowering the fee increase to six per cent, but students demanded a zero per cent increase. On Wednesday, students protested at the South African Parliament and police responded with pepper spray and stun guns. So far, 29 students have been arrested for public violence associated with their participation in the demonstrations.

3. Hunt for notorious Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” expands to United States

The hunt for notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has expanded to the United States. Mexican authorities announced on Thursday, that they had captured El Chapo’s brother-in-law and other members of his posse who helped in escape from a maximum-security prison in July.

4. Delhi Uber driver found guilty of raping passenger

A Delhi Uber driver has been found guilty of raping a 25-year-old passenger in 2014. The case garnered international attention as the female passenger spoke out about the incident, alleging that 32-year-old Shiv Yadev Kumar drove her to a deserted area while she had fallen asleep in the Uber vehicle, and proceeded to sexually assault her. Yadev is expected to receive a maximum sentence of life in prison.

5. UN warns 30,000 people are on the brink of starvation in South Sudan

The UN is warning that more than 30,000 people are on the brink of starvation in South Sudan. Four million people in South Sudan are currently experiencing extreme daily hunger and the UN says that this could eventually develop into a famine. Two years of civil war have resulted in the depletion of harvests, and an increase in food and fuel prices in Africa’s newest nation.

6. Same-sex couples in Chile celebrate as civil-unions become legalized

Same-sex couples in Chile are celebrating civil unions this week as a new law passed, recognizing unmarried partnership under law. The new legislation will make it easier for same-sex couples to have joint health plans, own property together, and receive pensions. Gay rights activists in Chile are happy with the move, as they believe it is a push towards legalization of same-sex marriage in the nation.

7. Hungarian camerawoman who apologized for kicking a refugee, now plans to sue that same refugee

A Hungarian camerawoman who was caught intentionally tripping refugees fleeing border police near Serbia, is now planning on suing one of the refugees she kicked. Video footage of Petra Laszlo sticking her foot out to injure refugees sparked international outrage. As a result, Laszlo was fired from her position at Hungarian news station N1TV. According to Russian newspaper Izvestia, Laszlo says that one of the refugees had already fallen before he reached her leg. She claims that he changed his testimony as he initially blamed police for the incident. Laszlo says that she will sue the refugee and Facebook for refusing to remove online content that she feels is negative and threatening.

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8. Masked, knife-wielding attacker kills two at Swedish school

A masked, sword wielding man killed a student and a teacher at a Swedish school on Thursday. Many at the school thought the man was playing a Halloween prank, as he posed and took pictures with students before he went on a stabbing spree. The attack occurred at Kronan School located in Trollhattan, Sweden. When police arrived on scene, they shot the 21-year-old  assailant, who later died in hospital. The school has a large immigrant student population and authorities believe the attack was motivated by racist intentions.

9. Unrest continues in Punjab, India

Unrest continues in the state of Punjab, India, over the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib – the Sikh holy book. Twelve pages from the sacred holy book were found on the streets in Bargari village two weeks ago. Sikhs took to the streets in peaceful protests to demand that those who defaced the book be arrested. Punjab police charged at the crowds with tear gas and sticks, injuring 80 protesters and killing two. After this, protests spread across the Punjab and in the UK as Sikhs demand justice.

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