Sierra Leone update: hundreds remain missing after mudslide

According to Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma, at least 600 people are still missing after a mudslide and floods destroyed parts of the country’s capital, Freetown, on Monday. Koroma has pleaded for “urgent support” as the Red Cross and other first responders rush to find survivors. “The entire community is now in mourning. Loved ones are still missing, well over 600 people,” stated Koroma, adding that 400 people have been confirmed dead. Many communities were completely wiped out by the disaster. The devastation is completely “overwhelming” the country continued…

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Twitter campaign outs Charlottesville white nationalist rally participants

Since this past weekend’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, a Twitter user has identified numerous white nationalists, as well as neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members, who attended the event. Amid the right-wing event, which quickly turned violent, anonymous Twitter user @YesYoureRacist posted photos and videos of its participants, asking fellow Twitter users to help identify the “Nazis marching in Charlottesville.” The user received names within minutes, sparking a chain of consequences across the country. The first rally attendee identified was Cole White, a cook at a hot…

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Amazon sued after alleged discrimination against transgender employee

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) has filed a lawsuit against Amazon on behalf of two former employees who claim they faced cruel abuse at an Amazon shipping facility and received no help from human resources. Allegra Schawe-Lane and her husband, Dane Lane, assert that they faced persistent abuse at an Amazon shipping facility in Hebron, Kentucky, from October 2014 to October 2015. The abuse started after the staff found out that Allegra is a transgender woman. Managers, supervisors and co-workers alike intentionally referred to Allegra by male…

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As tensions rise, South Korea considers nuclear arms

Receiving ever-increasing threats of nuclear warfare from North Korea, South Korea is now considering building its own nuclear weapons to defend itself. However, this move may complicate the nuclear crisis even more. Under a 1974 atomic energy deal with the U.S., South Korea is prohibited from building its own nuclear weapons. Instead, the deal offers a “nuclear umbrella” against potential attacks and 28,500 U.S. troops to defend the South from North Korea. But with North Korea claiming that it can turn Seoul into a “sea of flames” and with doubt…

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North Korea releases Canadian pastor from life sentence

According to state media, North Korea has released Canadian pastor Rim Hyon Su, also known as Hyeon Soo Lim, on humanitarian grounds. Accusing the pastor of using religion as a ruse to overthrow Kim Jong-un, the North Korean government sentenced Lim to life imprisonment in Dec. 2015. Lim stated in an interview with CNN last year that he was the only prisoner in his camp and was forced to dig holes eight hours a day, six days a week. He also wrote to his family members about his stomach pains…

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