International News in Brief
Iran ready to put aside its rivalry with Saudi Arabia
MUNICH — After peace talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia were held, Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, expressed the urgency of overcoming the rivalry with Saudi Arabia in exchange for stability between the two countries. Zarif stated that he believes both countries could have shared interests in Syria, which requires that the countries work together and stop bickering.
Egyptian doctors hold protest over police brutality
CAIRO — Thousands of Egyptian doctors were seen on the streets of Cairo protesting the assault of two doctors at the hands of the police, which took place in the city in January. The two officers in question have not been held accountable for this event. Demonstrations such as this are very rare in Cairo due to a law that allows jail sentences of up to seven years for demonstrations that have not been approved by the police.
Greek farmers hold riots over pension reform plans
ATHENS — Greek farmers were seen parading their tractors and pick-ups outside of parliament last week Friday to protest pension reform plans after weeks of road blockades. The protesters took action by throwing various fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes and eggplants, at the building, which was guarded by police. Police eventually resorted to using tear gas to disperse the protesters.
African presidential candidates promise peace in campaigns
BANGUI — For years the impoverished, unstable region of Central Africa has faced continuous ethnic and religious bloodshed, leading to the death of thousands of individuals. Candidates for the Central African Republic focused on this particular issue as campaigns wrapped up last week. Voters cast their ballots on Feb. 14.
Earthquake strikes eastern Indonesian island of Jakarta
JAKARTA — An earthquake impacted the Indonesian island of Jakarta on Friday, knocking out radio and television communications for the inhabitants of the island. Lack of communication makes it unclear as to whether or not anyone was injured from this event. A town on a nearby island reported that the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5 and a depth of 30 kilometers.
Pope Francis to pray for a violent city in Mexico
MEXICO CITY — This Sunday, Pope Francis traveled to Ecatepec, one of Mexico’s most violent cities, which has recently seen a surge in crime, youth unemployment, and gang violence. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has been unable to curb the staggering amount of bloodshed that the city has been facing. Many hope that Pope Francis will give them the strength needed to face these difficult times.