Bethany Norris

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On September 1, the residents of the town of Alcanar, Spain, survived intensive flash flooding that swept cars away and tossed quite a few of them into the Mediterranean surf. Thankfully, no one was killed in the flooding, but many people had to be rescued and relocated. Cleanup will take a while, as residents and...
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On August 27, 1991, Moldova declared its independence from the Soviet Union. On the anniversary, the citizens celebrated thirty years of freedom in the capital of Chisinau. Moldovan president, Maia Sandu, was joined by the presidents of Ukraine, Romania, and Poland in the celebration and had a clear message about the future. She emphasized the...
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In the Latvian capital of Riga, thousands of citizens have protested the issue of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations. The government intends to make vaccinations mandatory for many professionals, and is strongly considering allowing private employers to fire employees who refuse the vaccine. While the majority of the Latvian population is concerned about vaccine mandates, a far...
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The summer of 2021 has brought a severe heatwave to Greece unlike any seen in 30 years. Temperatures reached a blazing 113°F (45°C), causing wildfires to erupt all over the country. Greece’s second-largest island, Evia, is battling the most intense fire, with more than 2,000 people having been evacuated and many homes and villages destroyed....
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During the evening of July 8, nine skydivers were killed in a plane crash just outside the Swedish city of Orebro. The nine people were members of a skydiving club who undoubtedly were familiar with taking risks for the sake of a thrill. However, that night a parachute did not save a single person on...
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To the world of soccer enthusiasts, this is a most exciting time. The UEFA Euro 2020 Championship games are happening now, and every soccer fan is busy cheering on their favorite teams and players. Emotions are high as some teams move forward while others lag behind. Recently, Denmark’s team suffered a loss when team member...
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The island of Ireland is politically divided between the Republic of Ireland, containing 26 counties, and Northern Ireland–part of the United Kingdom–containing 6 counties. The political division is rooted in hundreds of years of religious division. As of 2016, 6.6 million people live in Ireland. Around 4.9 million live in the Republic and 1.8 million...
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Montenegro is a picturesque country on the Balkan Peninsula along the Adriatic Sea. This small nation has borrowed a vast amount of money from China to improve infrastructure, yet is finding it difficult to repay the loan. For example, in 2014, $944 million was borrowed to build a 25-mile stretch of highway. Montenegro is a...
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The coronavirus pandemic has stressed many nations financially, especially more poverty-stricken countries like Moldova. In 2020, the European Union gave Moldova–who is not an EU member–more than 127 million euros in grants to help ease some of the financial burden. Recently, the EU has announced that a 600 million euro recovery plan will be given...
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Since the Albanian general elections took place in April, the parliament has been considering attempting to impeach the president, Ilir Meta. It was recently decided that the parliament will hold a session on June 9 to investigate his actions and decide if he violated the constitution. The argument is that he has a constitutional duty...
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