2015-2016 School Year World News Year in Review

2015-2016 School Year World News Year in Review

Written By Ruby Van Dyk

As we look back on our school year, we not only reflect on what happened in our school and our city, but what happened in the world. From Nobel Peace Prizes to A Refugee Crisis’, the world experienced both ups and downs. Here are some of the biggest stories in the world from this School Year.

September: The European Refugee Crisis Continued.  

In September the Migrant Crisis continued and intensified throughout Europe and continued to migrate to Western Europe. They came pouring into the Balkans at an astonishing rate of 3,000 a day. Started earlier in the year the European Refugee Crisis began when a rising number of migrants from Afghanistan, Syria and Northern Africa began to seek asylum in Europe because of the violence and conflict occurring in their homeland.

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October: Global Health Innovators Won the Nobel Prize

Both William C Campbell and Satoshi Omura were awarded one half of the Nobel Prize for medicine for their work regarding therapy against ringworms, while the other half of the prize was awarded to Youyou Tu, for discovering a novel therapy against Malaria. The work done by these scientists has had incredible effects on those who are subject to disease all over the world.

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November: The Paris Attacks occurred

A series of planned terrorist Attacks occurred on November 13th, 2015 in Paris France. Three suicide bombers struck near a Paris Stadium, and then more suicide bombings and mass shootings followed in theaters, restaurants and cafes in Paris. The Islamic Terrorist Group ISIS, took responsibility for the attacks. 130 people were killed.

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December: The Climate Change Conference Paris took place

The United States held their 21st consecutive Climate Change in Paris, the conference negotiated the Paris Agreement, which is a global agreement on the reduction of climate change, in order to limit global warming.
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January: The United States Presidential Election Continued

The Presidential Election continued to be at the forefront of the media and world’s attention as the candidates on both sides proved themselves to be one of the most interesting group of candidates yet. Amongst them were Donald Trump, businessman and reality star continued his run for the Republican nomination, and Bernie Sanders, Vermont Senator and self-proclaimed Socialist.

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February:  Antonin Scalia Died, Resulted in Split Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia on February 13th, 2016. Appointed to the court by Ronald Reagan, Scalia had been one of the most conservative Judges on the Supreme Court. His death resulted in a split in the Supreme Court, leaving 8, an even amount of judges left, which left a split court, in the face of many important upcoming Supreme Court Cases.

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March: President Obama Visited Cuba after more than a half-century of hostility.

After nearly 50 years of hostile relations with Cuba, President Obama made an official presidential visit down to the Caribbean island. This visit marked a shift in the relations between the United States and Cuba.

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April: Syria Held Elections in the Midst of a Civil War

In the Midst a Civil War Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad held parliamentary elections. Syrians had many options to choose from, with around 3,500 candidates vying for the 250 parliamentary seats in the government available.

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May: NASA continued moon inhabiting research

Nasa inflated it’s first inflatable room in it’s international space station in order to further explore the possibility of humans inhabiting the moon. The “BEAM module”  is a inflatable room that measures 10.5 feet wide and 13 feet wide, and contains living space that we might one day need.

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