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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The deadliest shipwreck of 2020 just took place. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Every year, thousands of African migrants attempt to make their way to Europe in search of a better life. Think: they’re usually escaping things like war or poverty. But lately, authorities have been slapping tighter controls on certain routes to Europe - in particular, routes that go through Libya or Algeria or across the Mediterranean Sea. Meaning migrants have had to find other, potentially-less-safe ways of getting to Europe. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Yesterday, at least 140 migrants trying to reach the Canary Islands drowned off the coast of Senegal. The boat apparently caught fire and capsized. 59 people have been rescued by local fishermen, with everyone else presumed to be dead. 

 

THE DETAILS. 

This marks the deadliest shipwreck of 2020 - but it’s not the only one. At least 414 people have now died along that same migrant route. And recent reports show that 26 percent of the boats that took this route last month faced “an incident or shipwreck.” Now, the International Organization of Migration is calling for “unity between governments, partners, and the international community to dismantle trafficking and smuggling networks that take advantage of desperate youth.” Then adding that we need to advocate for “enhanced legal channels” of migration. 

 

THE TAKE. 

Immigration continues to be one of the world’s most pressing issues.


THE ACTION

ELECTION: ICYMI, Election Day is coming up faaaast. And more and more legal battles are making their way to the court. See: a US appeals court in Minnesota ruled that absentee ballots that arrive after 8pm local time on Election Day have to be segregated. Whiiiiich means there’s a higher chance these ballots could be invalidated through the courts. (This is your daily reminder to try to drop off your mail-in ballot in person or go vote in person to make sure your vote is counted.) Speaking of which, Texas is now firmly in the “toss up” category for the presidential election. You read that right. If Texas went blue this election, it’d mark the first time since 1976. Now, it looks like Kamala Harris is heading to the state to help campaign. 

 

DISASTERS: The US just surpassed 9 million coronavirus cases - andddd made a new record for single-day cases after 90,000 people tested positive. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, Hurricane Zeta has now killed at least 6 people after it slammed into Louisiana and made its way across the South. Millions of people were left without power, and countless buildings were damaged or destroyed. In other news, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake just hit Turkey and Greece. At least 4 people have died and 120 have been injured. The earthquake caused buildings to collapse and even triggered a mini-tsunami that flooded parts of Turkey and Greece. 

 

POLITICS: Philadelphia is making some big moves. Reminder: the killing of George Floyd in May sparked protests over police brutality that, in many places, haven’t let up. And these protests have brought more attention to other acts of police brutality - like the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr. in Philadelphia earlier this week. So recently, Philadelphia banned the use of tear gas, rubber bullets, and pepper spray when people are protesting or just generally exercising First Amendment rights. The ban was initially in response to George Floyd’s death, but it’s become especially important now as new protests rage over Wallace’s death. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s citizens just voted to legalize euthanasia for terminally ill patients. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Ballot selfies:” what are legal in some states…and illegal in others. 


SAY WHAT?

“There's an asteroid in space worth $10,000 quadrillion” - an actual headline. Was this article written by Gru from ‘Despicable Me’?

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