Cyprus, Egypt – Egypt Air Flight MS181 was hijacked and taken over by a passenger who was claimed to be wearing a suicide vest. The hijacking caused the plane to divert its course to Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus and ended with the hostages being released and the hijacker surrendering. The hijackers motives are still unclear at this time.
Sydney, Australia – Evidence has been gathered that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is experiencing some of the worst coral bleaching ever recorded. If normal water temperatures were to return, then the coral could recover. However, scientists are already reporting up to 50 percent of the coral as already dead.
Brussels, Belgium – A man named Fayçal Cheffou, one of the only people arrested for possible involvement in the Brussels attacks, has recently been released due to a lack of evidence. The attacks, which were claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, claimed the lives of 35 victims, seven of whom have yet to be identified. At least 12 of the victims were foreign nationals from various countries, including the United States.
Moscow, Russia – The widespread showing of Russian military has increased interest from arms buyers across the world and is expected to increase defense spending around the world by several billion dollars. In the past few years, the Russian government has spent more money than usual on military equipment. This rise in the purchase of arms is likely to benefit Russia as well, as they remain one of the largest arms dealing countries in the world.