The United States has on Monday unveiled a new US quarter coin, featuring late poet and activist, Maya Angelou, making her the first Black woman to appear on the US coin. The Maya Angelou quarter is the first in the American Women Quarters Program, which includes featuring prominent women in American history. The Mint Deputy Director, Ventris Gibson noted that other quarters in the new series will be rolled out later in the year and through 2025, adding that “It is my honor to present our nation’s first circulating coins dedicated to celebrating American women and their contributions to American history,”
British Socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell has on Wednesday been convicted of luring and grooming teenage girls to be sexually abused by late American millionaire, Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell was found guilty on five out of six counts including the sex trafficking of a minor and the enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts., facing life imprisonment. The victims were teen girls as young as 14 years old in the 1990s and early 2000s at Epstein's homes in Florida, New York, and New Mexico.
Scores of people have been killed and buildings destroyed following a series of tornadoes that ravaged eight states in the United States over the weekend. The victims ranged in age from as young as five months to 86 years old and come from at least eight different countries. The destructions is so catastrophic, officials still do not know how bad it really is. According to National Weather Service, while Kentucky may have suffered the most extensive damage, at least 50 tornadoes were reported in seven other states over the weekend. More than 64 people have been killed, and 105 are still missing. Over 1000 houses have been obliterated in Kentucky alone, Governor Andy Beshear said.
The Colombian security forces have on Saturday arrested the leader of the country's largest criminal gang and the most-wanted drug trafficker, Dairo Antonio Usuga, popularly known as "Otoniel'. According to Aljazeera, Otoniel, 50, was captured at his jungle hideout in the Uraba region of the country. The Colombian government had offered an $800,000 reward for information about the kingpin's whereabouts, while the United States government placed a $5 million bounty on his head.
Canada has on Friday announced that it has lifted the ban on foreign travellers from Nigeria and nine other countries with effect from December 18, however, reimposing testings following the spread of the new Omicron Variant of the COVID-19. In a press conference, the Health Minister, Jean-Yves Duclos made the announcement, saying the ban announced in November was placed to slow the variant and buy some time from Canada.
Up to 54 persons have lost their lives and scores injured after the truck they were being transported in crashed in southern Mexico, authorities say. More than 150 people, said to be migrants from Central America, were crammed into the truck’s trailer when it rolled, overturned on a dangerous curve outside the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez in the state of Chiapas. The migrants inside the cargo trailer were flipped, tossed and crushed into a pile that mingled the living and the dead. The crash, which is one of the worst road accidents in the country in recent years occurred on Thursday. According to authorities, the nationalities of the victims which include men, women and children, have not yet been confirmed, though locals said most of them on board were from Honduras and Guatemala. The truck was reportedly speeding when it flipped on a sharp bend and hit a pedestrian bridge on a main road leading to the Chiapas state capital, Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
General Colin L. Powell, former National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the first Black Secretary of State of the United States has died on Monday following COVID-19 complications.
Powell died at age 84 at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C, despite being fully vaccinated. Powell's death was announced by his family on Facebook, saying "General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19.