Listed below are some of the headlines that made news this past week.
Earthquake devastates Nepal: A 7.8 earthquake struck the rural nation northeast of India on Saturday. Villages and cities across the country have been utterly devastated by the quake, and the death toll, currently over 4,000, continues to climb. International aid is pouring into the country as nearly 1 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance.
Protests turn violent in Baltimore: City and community leaders in Baltimore are calling for peace after protests over the death of Freddie Gray turned violent this weekend. Gray, who was 25, died on April 19 from a spinal injury he likely received while in police custody. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the incident.
– The Baltimore Sun
Drone strike accidentally kills hostages: The Obama administration announced last week that a drone strike in Pakistan accidentally killed two hostages — an American and an Italian. The administration points to incredibly incomplete intelligence on the target as the reason behind the huge error. Both men had been held captive by al-Qaeda for years.
– The Wall Street Journal
Not all quiet on the Eastern front: American troops stationed in Eastern Europe are asking for more firepower in response to an increased threat from the Russian Federation. NATO reported this weekend that there has been a drastic increase in supplies, weapons and training from Russia for Ukrainian rebels in recent weeks. Coupled with a renewed buildup of Russian forces along the Ukrainian border, the NATO secretary-general warns that a new offensive could be launched by rebels and Russian forces with little warning.
– Fox News
Welcome to Snapchat News: Peter Hamby, one of CNN’s top political reporters, is leaving the network to join Snapchat as head of news. The move highlights recent efforts by Snapchat to become a genuine news source for its users. In addition to users’ Snapchat Stories, which the app can use to share footage of various events across the globe, Snapchat also has the new Discover feature with stories and video from organizations like CNN and National Geographic.