• A train crashed into a crowd celebrating Dusshera, a Hindu festival that was
located near Amritsar, India leaving 59 people dead and 90 with injuries on
October 19. Part of the celebratory crowd moved onto the train tracks and
many family members as well as friends protested on the same tracks the
following day. Protesters have demanded action against the driver of the
train and answers from the state government.
• The Ocean Cleanup Foundation has been testing out a new approach to
collect pollution in the Pacific Ocean for the past five years. The 2,000 foot
long pipe is named “Wilson” and is in the form of a U-shape with net connected
to it that will go three meters underwater to pick up trash that floats
below the surface. Every few months workers plan to collect the debris and
return it back to land where they hope to recycle and reuse the plastic. OCF
hopes to pick up an average of 50 tons of trash by next April.
• As parliamentary elections began October 20 in Afghan, the Afghan National
Security Forces upped their military personnel from 50,000 to 70,000
to guard the 21,000 polling stations located across the country. Multiple
violent demonstrations went on throughout the day starting as early as 9:30
a.m.. A suicide bomber killed three and injured six at a polling station
located at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Islamic State group and the
Taliban warned people to stay away from polling stations as well as to not
have polling stations located at schools.
• After the Trans Union of Uruguay got over 60,000 signatures for support of
the Comprehensive Law for Trans People, Congress in Uruguay passed the
new law that allows transgender people to get sexual reassignment surgery
to match their sexual identity as well as receive hormone therapy. The law
will work to protect the rights of transgender community members as well.
• Nathan Alan Knauf, a student of Georgia Tech University filed a civil battery
complaint against Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue on Monday
following an incident last week in which the senator was caught on video
grabbing the students phone. The lawsuit Knauf filed seeks jury trial, damages,
attorneys fees and costs from Perdue.
• The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that
there are 155 patients under investigation this year for acute flaccid myelitis,
a condition that that can cause paralysis and mostly affects children. Of
these, 62 have been confirmed by the CDC in 22 states, and the remainder
continue to be investigated.
• A suspected intruder was shot while trying to gain entry to a news station
in Washington D.C. Monday afternoon, according to the station. Fox 5
DC reports that the suspect was trying to get into their office in Friendship
Heights when the incident took place. Source familiar with the matter told
ABC News that the suspect who was shot was known to law enforcement
authorities and is believed to have a history of mental illness. D.C. police
are investigating the incident and exactly what led the officer to discharge