An Evel Knievel copycat in London jumped off the Tower Bridge into the River Thames because of a dare. He quickly called this his “stupidest idea ever.” The guy, Shah Faisal Shinwari, took the leap after one of his 27,000 YouTube subscribers dared him. From there, things got real, as the Thames current swept him up. A lifeboat staffer rescued Shinwari and treated him for exhaustion and an infection (from nasty Thames water). Thankfully, he made a full recovery. Later, he posted a thoughtful video in which he reflects on his dare-jump: “This was later very regretted by me, and I realized it was the stupidest idea ever. Thanks for watching!” Discuss
An average of 26.4 million people flee their homes because of natural disasters every year (since 2008), says a new report. That means these disasters displace one person every second. The report’s authors don’t necessarily blame nature for this crisis. Rather, they attribute “ill-conceived man-made structures and policies” for the problem. Interestingly, poorer countries are not the only regions affected. Here in the U.S., almost 60,000 people still live in temporary housing following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Discuss
Turkish government officials believe that ISIS is responsible for a suicide bomb attack in the country that killed at least 28 people and injured more than 100 others. The unnamed officials told Reuters that “initial evidence” has linked the radical Islamic terrorist group to the bombing, which targeted youth workers at a rally. The workers had been conducting rebuilding projects in the city near the Syrian border. The area is currently home to Syrian refugees who fled their homes during battles between Kurdish fighters and ISIS terrorists. No organization has claimed responsibility for the bombing. Discuss
Today in Cairo, Egypt, at least five people died in a clash between Egyptian security forces and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Associated Press reports that this fight represents the deadliest violence at Islamist protests in a while. More than 500 Brotherhood supporters marched in the Cairo’s Giza neighborhood following the end of Ramadan and the start of Eid al-Fitr, a major Muslim holiday. Fights erupted between marchers and local residents and police, escalating quickly to deadly gunfire. Discuss
At least 64 people were killed in suicide bomb attacks in northeastern Nigeria, targeting people preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan. At least 75 were also injured as they gathered to purchase goods related to the holiday. Officials in the country say the attacks are the work of the radical Islamic group Boko Haram, who have killed hundreds during Ramadan following a call from ISIS—who Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to—to increase violence during the Muslim holy month. Boko Haram is known for their campaign of mass murders, bombings, abductions and terrorism in the region, targeting both fellow Muslims and Christians. Discuss
Violent demonstrations broke out in Athens last night, as thousands gathered to protest a bill that would implement new, strict austerity measures as the terms of a third economic bail out. According to the AP, more than a dozen were arrested and 37 detained when angry crowds burned cars, hurled rocks and attacked police officers. Greece, right?
A bill did end up passing, though it proved divisive, even in the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ own party. The measures put new sales taxes in place and reform pension policies. Greece has become dangerously close to running out of money and defaulting on international loans. As part of the new deal, Greece will receive 85 billion euros over the next several years. In a statement to lawmakers before the vote, Prime Minister Tsipras said “We had a very specific choice: A deal we largely disagreed with, or a chaotic default.” Discuss