June 1, 2016

Zika Concerns Overshadow Upcoming Olympics in Rio

Although the WHO has issued a statement claiming that moving the Rio Olympics would not stop the spread of Zika, athletes and tourists alike are still worried about their risk of the virus as the summer Olympics approach. The disease is spread by mosquitoes, and the outbreak is believed to have started in Brazil about a year ago. A child born in New Jersey this week is just the most recent case of Zika in the United States. The virus poses a special threat to women who are pregnant or may become pregnant.

Fallujah Offensive Continues

The Iraqi army continues to fight ISIS in an attempt to recapture the town of Fallujah, which has been a militant stronghold for close to two years. As the fighting has intensified, the U.N. has become increasingly concerned with the 20,000 children trapped in the battle-torn city, as well as the civilians being used as human shields by ISIS fighters. The number of civilians trapped in the city raises additional concerns about and restrictions on the use of airstrikes for support. If the Iraqi army succeeds, it will take from ISIS its last major urban stronghold and serve a huge blow to the militants in that country.

EgyptAir Black Box Located

The French Navy has detected signals from what is believed to be one of the black boxes that was aboard the EgyptAir flight that went down in the Mediterranean approximately two weeks ago. When the box is more accurately located, a deep sea vessel will join the search to actually retrieve the data source from the floor of the sea.

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