WORLD: Recently, two separate avalanches in the Austrian Alps killed six people. Seven helicopters were used to transport about one hundred rescuers to the area to help search for any survivors. Stay tuned. In other news, North Korea’s feeling trigger-happy. Quick refresher: over the past few years, the country’s gone through phases of launching lots and lots of missiles...then chatting it up with the US and holding denuclearization talks. Right now, it’s the former. As in last week, North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles. Then kept it going this week by launching another few projectiles. Reassuring.
USA: Prez Trump is shaking things up. The other day, he suddenly announced that Mick Mulvaney was out as chief of staff - but still working for the Trump team as Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. His replacement: North Carolina congressman Mark Meadows. Not yet clear why the sudden shake-up. In other news, human rights organizations are filing suit against Sec of State Mike Pompeo. The why: his Commission on Unalienable Rights, which takes a magnifying glass to the role of human rights in foreign policy and decides which rights should be “honored.” Raising concerns that women, LGBTQ+ groups, and minorities could lose some protections. Meanwhile, Sen Kamala Harris (D-CA) just endorsed Joe Biden for prez.
POLITICS: All eyes are on Turkey and Greece. Reminder: back in 2016, Turkey pinky promised to halt the flow of migrants into Europe in exchange for things like economic incentives and support. But lately, increased violence in Syria has left 1 million people displaced - many of whom have begun migrating to Turkey. Fast forward to last week, and Turkey suddenly began letting refugees cross its borders into Europe. Now, it looks like these refugees are attempting to make their way into Greece - who’s reportedly responding by taking their docs, money, phones, and clothes before sending them back to Turkey. Meanwhile, the Saudi Crown Prince is detaining three members of the royal family after speculation of a coup.