More than 600 missing, death toll rises due to California wildfire
Wildfires across Northern California continued to grow as of Oct. 12, marking day four since the chaos started. According to USA Today, more than 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed, causing thousands of people to evacuate. The cause of the fires has yet to be determined, and authorities claim that the weather has complicated their fighting efforts. Severe winds worsened the fire on Oct. 11.
Trump calls NBC fake news
The US president criticized NBC after the network reported that he has plans to increase the country’s nuclear arsenal by nearly ten times. Additionally, BBC reported that White House representatives also announced their annoyance with NBC for claiming that the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president “a moron.” After Trump welcomed Canada’s Prime Minister to Washington, he commented on the NBC allegations, stating that “With all of the fake news coming out of NBC and the networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their license?” His statement suggesting NBC’s broadcast license be challenged caused a number of journalists to question President Trump’s commitment to the First Amendment..
Spanish Prime Minister pressures Catalan leader for clarification on independence declaration
According to BBC, Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy fears that the country’s 40-year-old democracy is undergoing one of its most critical moments. He told Catalonia’s separatist leader that he had five days to explain whether he had “declared independence or not.” The election for Catalonia’s independence was disrupted by anti-independence voters, and irregularities were reported by the authorities. Catalonia’s president declared independence on Oct. 11, after signing the declaration in Barcelona, which was quickly suspended to allow for discussions with Madrid. The Spanish prime minister urged for the immediate clarification on any acts deemed disrespectful of Catalonia’s situation.
Fans protest during national anthem in Hong Kong
Hong Kong citizens, worried that Beijing’s influences were becoming too strong in their territory, protested on Oct. 11. According to the New York Times, fans booed and showed their middle fingers when the Chinese national anthem was played at the Asian Cup qualifier. They also displayed “Hong Kong Independence” signs during other sporting events. The protests go against Chinese law that forbids any disrespectful behavior during the anthem.
Military flies bombers, tension grows between the U.S. and North Korea
The U.S. military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Oct. 11, causing tension between the two countries. According to USA Today, two American aircrafts were on a training mission with “military allies from Japan and South Korea.” This mission demonstrated the alliance between the three countries and their commitment to protect the Indo-Asia-Pacific area. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, claimed he would not retract his nuclear weapons program.