March 2019 Current Events: World News

Updated March 2, 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 March 2019:

  1. Many Injured in Algeria Protests
  2. War Games to End
  3. German Ambassador Expelled from Venezuela
  4. Measles Spreads Through the Philippines
  5. North Korea May be Preparing Launch
  6. Ethiopian Airline Flight Crashes
  7. Algeria President Drops Bid
  8. Brexit Faces Setbacks
  9. School Shooting in Brazil
  10. Christchurch Mosque Shooting
  11. Priest Stabbed in Montreal
  12. Attack on Mali Village
  13. Comedian Ahead in Ukraine Election

Many Injured in Algeria Protests

Algeria Protests

On March 1, people flooded the streets of Algeria in protest of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s announcement that he will run for a fifth term. A total of 183 people were injured during these protests. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub

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War Games to End

War Game End

On March 2, it was announced that South Korea and the US will end large-scale war games. Not much information has been released, and it is unclear whether the suspension is permanent. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

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German Ambassador Expelled from Venezuela


On March 6, Venezuela announced plans to expel the country’s German ambassador under speculations of his interference with internal affairs. The diplomat helped opposition leader Juan Guaidó return to the country earlier in the week. Germany recognizes the Guaido as the interim president. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

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Measles Spreads Through the Philippines

Measles Outbreak

On March 8, it was announced that 261 people in the Philippines have died from Measles this year already. That’s a 547% increase from the last year. About 2.6 million kids remain at risk in the country. Hundreds of children have also died in Madagascar as the outbreak continues. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

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North Korea May be Preparing Launch

North Korea Launch

On March 9, images taken by satellites near Pyongyang suggest that North Korea may be rebuilding its launch site and preparing to launch a rocket or satellite. Many analysts believe North Korea is just planning to launch a satellite. (BBC)

Photo Source: KRT via AP

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Ethiopian Airline Flight Crashes

Ethiopian Flight Crash

On March 10, an Ethiopian Airline flight crashed shortly after takeoff, killing 157 people. The flight was especially full because it was carrying UN officials headed to the UN environmental summit in Kenya. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene

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Algeria President Drops Bid

President Bouteflika

On March 11, after weeks of protest in Algeria, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will be not run for a fifth term in office. He has also delayed the election, and a new date has yet to be set. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Francois Mori

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Brexit Faces Setbacks


On March 13, Theresa May said that UK could still leave with a “good deal” after her proposed deal has been rejected for the second time. Later this month, there will be a vote as to whether the UK can leave with a deal or not. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

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School Shooting in Brazil

Brazil School Shooting

On March 13, two gunmen entered a Sao Paulo school and began shooting teachers and students. At least 8 people died from the gunfire and another ten were injured. The suspected shooters are also dead. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Andre Penner

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Christchurch Mosque Shooting

Christchurch Shooting

On March 15, a gunman entered two mosques and began firing. He killed 49 people and injured many more. The suspect, 28-year-old Brenton Terrant, is a self-proclaimed white supremacist and is currently in custody. The court judge has ruled his face to be pixelated in all photographs to ensure he gets a fair trial. Terrant also live-streamed the attack to Facebook, which has been shared many times and created outrage over social media measures. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary

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Priest Stabbed in Montreal

Montreal Priest

On March 22, a man ran up to the podium and stabbed a Montreal priest during a televised mass. The attack is not suspected to be terror related and Father Claude Grou is currently recovering. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

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Attack on Mali Village

Mali Prime Minister

On March 24, armed men dressed as hunters entered a Fulani village and killed 134 people and wounded another 55. The attack is still under investigation. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

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Comedian Ahead in Ukraine Election

Ukraine Election

On March 31, it was announced that Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a Ukrainian comedian, has about 30% of the votes during the election’s first round. The current president is in second place so far, with 16% of the vote. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

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