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August 2019 Current Events: World News

Updated August 5, 2019 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for August 2019:

  1. Protests in Moscow Continue
  2. Hong Kong Protests Continue
  3. Dengue Epidemic in Philippines
  4. Taliban Bombs Kabul
  5. Mosque Shooting in Norway
  6. Fuel Tanker Explodes in Tanzania
  7. Protests Turn Violent in Zimbabwe
  8. Wedding Massacre in Kabul
  9. Human Chain in Hong Kong
  10. Brazilian Army Sent to Amazon
  11. Arson Attack on Bar in Mexico
  12. Knife Attack in France

Protests in Moscow Continue

Moscow Protests

On August 3, the protests in Moscow continued as people fought for free and fair elections. Over 300 people have been arrested thus far, though officials say the number is closer to 30. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin

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Hong Kong Protests Continue

Hong Kong Protests

On August 4, the protests in Hong Kong continued, stalling traffic and creating dangerous situations in popular shopping districts. Authorities worry the situation will become more dangerous. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Vincent Thian

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Dengue Epidemic in Philippines

Dengue Epidemic

On August 7, the Philippines declared a national dengue epidemic after 622 people died between January and July. There were 146,000 cases reported between that time, as well. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Aaron Favila

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Taliban Bombs Kabul

Kabul Explosion

On August 7, despite peace talks between the Taliban and the US, a bomb went off near a police station in Kabul, killing 14 people. The Taliban has officially claimed responsibility for the attack. Both sides had previously stated there was progress during the peace talks, but this could be a setback. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

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Mosque Shooting in Norway

Mosque Shooting

On August 10, there was a shooting at a Norweigan mosque, injuring at least one person. A suspect has been taken into custody, and multiple weapons have been found throughout the mosque. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Mark Baker

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Fuel Tanker Explodes in Tanzania

Tanzania Explosion

On August 11, a fuel tanker exploded in Tanzania, killing 60 people and injuring another 70. A witness said that the truck swerved after trying to avoid a motorcyclist, causing him to lose control and turn over. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo

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Protests Turn Violent in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Protests

On August 16, the planned opposition protest in Zimbabwe became violent after police clashed with opposition party members. Many protesters were beaten and then taken to jail. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

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Wedding Massacre in Kabul

Kabul Blast

On August 18, a suicide bomber entered a wedding in Kabul and blew himself up during the festivities. So far, the death toll is at 63. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

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Human Chain in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Chain

On August 23, protesters in Hong Kong formed a human chain to show solidarity among the citizens. The chain reached around the city, and fell on the anniversary of the Baltic Way. Hong Kong HIgh Court has taken action to end these protests, but protesters show no signs of stopping as the months continue. The calm of the protests was broken on August 24, as police dispersed tear gas into the crowd. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Kin Cheung

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Brazilian Army Sent to Amazon

Amazon Fire

On August 24, Brazil’s leader sent the army to go fight the fire that has taken hold of the Amazon. President Bolsonaro’s decision comes after many countries threatened to attack Brazil’s economy if he continued ignoring the fire. Many of the fires are now said to have been started deliberately. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Juan Karita

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Arson Attack on Bar in Mexico

Mexico Bar Fire

On August 28, twenty-three people died and thirteen were injured in a bar after an arsonist set the place ablaze. No arrests have been made, and police have very little information thus far. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Armando Solis

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Knife Attack in France

France Stabbing

On August 31, a knife attack occurred near a subway station in Lyon, France. The attack injured 8 people and killed 1. A suspect is currently in custody. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Nicolas Vaux-Montagny

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