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January 2019 Current Events: World News

Updated January 6, 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 January 2019:

  1. Protests Plague India
  2. Yellow Vest Protests Continue in France
  3. Tunnel Collapse Kills Miners in Afghanistan
  4. Frank Magnitz Beaten by Masked Men
  5. Peru’s Attorney General to Resign
  6. Maduro’s Win in Venezuela Creates Issues
  7. Explosion in Paris
  8. Polish Mayor Stabbed on Stage
  9. Attack at Nairobi Hotel
  10. Gasoline Pipeline Explosion in Mexico
  11. Attack at a Colombian Police Academy
  12. Burkina Faso’s Government Resigns
  13. The Venezuela Crisis Continues
  14. Macedonia to Change its Name
  15. Philippine Church Bombing

Protests Plague India

India Protests

On January 3, protesters flooded the streets of Kerala after the Indian Supreme Court lifted a ban on women of menstrual-age entering a Hindu temple. Protesters even made bombs to detonate outside police stations after two women were escorted by police into the temple. Businesses and taxis have shut down in light of the protests. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

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Yellow Vest Protests Continue in France

France Protests

On January 5, authorities asked for peace after violence erupted as the yellow vests protests continued in France. Nearly 50,000 people have taken part in the demonstrations throughout the country. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo//Michel Euler

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Tunnel Collapse Kills Miners in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Miners

On January 6, at least 30 miners were killed in Afghanistan after a tunnel collapse. According to officials, the victims were mining for gold illegally. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini

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Frank Magnitz Beaten by Masked Men

Frank Magnitz

On January 7, far-right German politician Frank Magnitz was beaten unconscious while trying to walk through the city. At least three masked men were involved in the attack, which is believed to be politically motivated. Magnitz is currently in the hospital, and police are investigating the attack. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File

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Peru’s Attorney General to Resign

New Attorney General

On January 8, Peru Attorney General Pedro Chavarry announced that he plans to resign. The decision came after much public outcry over how he handled the investigation into Odebrecht, a Brazilian building company. Chavarry has denied that he is involved in corruption. Zoraida Avalos has since replaced Chavarry. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Martin Mejia

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Maduro’s Win in Venezuela Creates Issues

President Maduro

On January 10, Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for his second term as Venezuela’s president. Many countries do not see Maduro’s victory as legitimate. Both Paraguay and Peru have cut ties claiming the government is illegitimate, but Brazil has recognized it as legitimate. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

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Explosion in Paris

Paris Explosion

On January 12, a gas leak in Paris lead to an explosion that killed three people and injured dozens more. Emergency responders rushed to the scene to fight the fire. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh

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Polish Mayor Stabbed on Stage

Polish Mayor Funeral

On January 14, Paweł Adamowicz, a Polish mayor, was pronounced dead after being stabbed in the heart while on stage. Adamowicz was speaking at a charity event for a children’s hospital. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Wojtek Strozyk

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Attack at Nairobi Hotel

Nairobi Attack

On January 15, militants stormed a Nairobi hotel, killing at least 21 people. The attack lasted hours, and the five militants committed suicide. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it was a response to President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Ben Curtis

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Gasoline Pipeline Explosion in Mexico

Mexican Pipeline Explosion

On January 18, at least 66 people died after a gasoline pipeline exploded in Mexico. Governor Omar Fayad stated that another 76 people have been reported injured. The company is investigating the cause of the explosion as of right now. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Claudio Cruz

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Attack at a Colombian Police Academy

Colombia Bombing

On January 18, at least 20 people died and another 68 were injured at a police academy in Bogota, Colombia after a car bomb detonated. The suspected attacker is dead, and President Ivan Duque believes the attack to be terrorism related. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/John Wilson Vizcaino

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Burkina Faso’s Government Resigns

Burkina Faso President

On January 19, many members of Burkina Faso’s government resigned without giving reason. Among those who resigned was Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba and his entire cabinet. President Kabore has said he hopes to form a new government soon. (BBC)

Photo Source: Roman Pilipey/Pool Photo via AP

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The Venezuela Crisis Continues

Venezuela Crisis

On January 24, the Trump administration discussed plans to cut funding to Maduro, after labeling the Venezuelan government as “illegitimate.” Maduro had cut diplomatic ties with the US the day before. Many European countries also announced they will recognize the opposition if elections are not called. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

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Macedonia to Change its Name

Macedonia Name Change

On January 25, after years of debate, an agreement has been made between Athens and Skopje to change the name of Macedonia. The Republic of Macedonia will now be called the Republic of North Macedonia. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris

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Philippine Church Bombing

Philippine Church Attack

On January 27, two bombs went off in a church in the Philippines. Officials suspect the attack is linked to terrorism, and estimate that 20 people have died and another 100 have been wounded. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Nickee Butlangan

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