Across The World

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Across The World

Photo courtesy of zimbabwesituation.com

Photo courtesy of zimbabwesituation.com

Photo courtesy of zimbabwesituation.com

U.S.-TALIBAN TALKS DROPPED AFTER BOMBING

President Donald Trump has cancelled a secret Camp David meeting with the Taliban to discuss peace negotiations. The meeting was scheduled for Sunday in Maryland. Trump tweeted his decision on Saturday night after 12 people, including an American soldier, were killed on Thursday by a car bomb. The meeting and peace negotiations were considered controversial since the Taliban had supported al-Qaeda.

A RISE IN OPIOID ADDICTIONS

Halfway across the world from the U.S., Australia is also facing an opioid crisis. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the number of opioid deaths skyrocketed from 439 in 2006 to 1,119 in 2016.

SOUTH AFRICAN DICTATOR PASSES AWAY

The ex-president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, died last Friday in Singapore at 95. Although he liberated the country from white-minority rule, he left it with a devastated economy after resigning in 2017 to avoid being overthrown. In addition, his violent militias reportedly killed many of his opponents.

HURRICANE HITS NORTH AMERICA

Hurricane Dorian, the latest Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean, made landfall in the Bahamas on Sept. 1, causing at least 43 deaths and devastating damage. The storm caused tornadoes, power outages and flash floods in North Carolina on Sept. 6 as a Category 1, and then made landfall in Canada on Sept. 7.