News Roundup: February 9th

Good Morning, today is Thursday, February 9th and here are the stories that interests me.

The Brazilian State of Espírito Santo has requested more help from the government due to a huge spike in violence leading from a police strike in the state. The Police began striking on Saturday for better pay, and since then a crime wave has hit the state. Reports of upwards of 80 people have been murdered since Saturday. The Brazilian government has sent in 1,000 troops and 200 federal police to restore order, but the wave continues. In addition to the reported murders, assaults, robberies, and muggings have skyrocketed. School and businesses have been shut since Monday as the violence escalates.

The Scottish Parliament has voted to oppose the UK from triggering Article 50 of the Libson Treaty, otherwise known as Brexit. The vote, which has no weight in the UK Parliament, is a reminder that 62% of Scotland voted to remain with the EU, stoking tensions between Scotland and England. Recent polls show that support for Scottish Independence has risen since the referendum in 2014 to 49% the highest ever polled. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has not ruled out a second independence vote over Brexit.

Riots have sparked in the northern suburbs of Paris after Police beat and sodomised and raped a young man with a police baton. The man, only identified as “Theo” is recovering in hospital and has had a meeting with French President Francois Hollande as protests and riots sparked in his home area. The area is known for high unemployment as well as an large immigrant community. This area has also been the scene of Parisian riots in the past due to low opportunity and high unemployment.

In medical news, an international team lead by Queensland Australia researchers have discovered a potent post-exposure medicine for Ebola. Using equine antibodies, the medicine will be used in upcoming Ebola outbreaks. The process of using horse antibodies is similar to snake-venom antidotes and is already something that can be ramped up in production in Africa. Also, the low price tag makes it a clear favorite for development.

And finally, in personal news, a good friend of mine is arriving in New Zealand today for her first trip out of the US! She just wanted me to put that in here, and of course, I said yes! I hope this find everyone well, and have a good day!

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