By: Meredith Francis ~Campus News Editor~
President Obama delivers State of the Union address
President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union
speech before Congress on Jan. 20. The President’s speech
touched on various domestic and international issues, such as
cyber security, climate change, economic growth and the conflict
with ISIS. Obama devoted much of his speech to economic issues
and encouraged Congress to adopt policies that would ease
financial struggles of the middle class. He also addressed recent
international issues, such as the terrorism threat from extremists.
Pope Francis announces visit to United States
Pope Francis confirmed that he will visit the United States in September. The pontiff, who recently returned to Rome following a trip to various Asian countries, will make stops in New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Though his itinerary is not yet official, the Pope will likely visit the White House and Ground Zero and may hold a mass in Madison Square Garden.
Government, rebels clash in Yemen
Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who recently accused President Cristina Kirchner of working with Iran to cover up a 1994 terrorist attack, was found dead in his apartment of a gunshot wound to the head. Some officials suggest it was a suicide, though the Argentine public is suspicious of the timing, since Nisman’s death occurred some time after he suggested that various Argentine officials worked with Iran to cover up a terrorist attack on a Jewish community center that killed 85 people.
Argentine prosecutor found dead
Fighting broke out in Yemen between the government and Houthi rebels, a Shi’ite minority who have felt ostracized by the Sunni majority. The clashes have been concentrated around the presidential palace in the capitol of Sanaa, with rebels shooting at Yemini Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, leading him to go into hiding. Nine people have been killed and 67 have been injured. Rebels broke a ceasefire on Jan. 20 after shelling President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi’s home.