In Brief

Posted By Horizon Staff April 9th, 2013 in News : 0 COMMENTS

Evan Bradford
Staff Writer

NAIROBI, KENYA

Ugandan and American troops have stopped their search for the African warlord Joseph Kony. As the head of the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Kony is wanted for crimes against humanity, including the abduction of thousands of children across Africa. Both the U.S. Senate and the Ugandan Military announced that they will pause the search due to political unrest in the Central African Republic (where Kony and his troops are believed to be hiding); the most recent unrest results from an unrelated rebel group seizing control of the country. The situation became so hostile that Francois Bozize, the president of the Central African Republic, had to flee the country. Both Uganda and the United States have stated that they have no intentions of removing troops from the area, and that when the situation stabilizes the search for Kony will resume (Washington Post).

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Last Monday, 70-year-old Annette Funicello, a well-known member of the original Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s, died of complications due to multiple sclerosis. Funicello had been battling multiple sclerosis for nearly 30 years. Aside from being one of the original Mousketeers, Funicello was also well known for appearing in many 1960s beach party films such as “Beach Party” (1963), “Muscle Beach Party” (1964), “Bikini Beach” (1964), “Beach Blanket Bingo” (1965), and “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini” (1965). At age 13, Funicello was selected by Walt Disney himself to be one of the Mousketeers of the Mickey Mouse Club (CNN).

PHILLIPINES

On January 17, a U.S. Navy ship collided with the Tubbataha Reef, a coral reef in the Philippines; recent reports announce that the United States will finally be getting the bill for damage caused to the reef. According to Philippine officials, the USS Guardian (a Navy minesweeping ship) caused damage to 2,346 square meters (25,252 square feet) of the reef, which amounts to a $1.5 million fine. Originally it was estimated that the ship had damaged 4,000 square meters (43,000 square feet). The money received from the fines will go to the Tubbahata Reefs Natural Park, and efforts will be made to restore the reef (CNN).

 

 

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