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In the news: What you missed while you were in class
Egyptians riot against President
After gaining international praise for helping with cease-fire negotiations in Gaza, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi issued a decree that widens his powers until a new constitution is ratified early next year. Egyptian citizens reacted to the news that Morsi had declared any laws he creates exempt from judicial review with riots in several cities. Over 500 people have been injured since protests began Friday in Cairo and Alexandria. These riots are partially provoked by the Egyptian stock market, which crashed in its first trading session since Morsi expanded his power. The stock market fell nearly ten percent Sunday.
Fire in Bangladesh kills over 100 people
A clothing factory fire near Bangladesh’s capital city of Dhaka has resulted in over 100 people dead and at least 200 injured. Bangladesh is the second largest textile exporter in the world, following China, and factory working conditions have been greatly criticized. The fire, which occurred Saturday night, came shortly after a highway overpass collapse in Bangladesh that killed 11 people and caused outraged protests. Rescue efforts for both accidents were still underway as of Sunday.
Gangnam style video sets record
With over 814 million views, South Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangam Style” music video has become YouTube’s most viewed video of all time. The official music video passed up Justin Bieber’s “Baby” video on Saturday. The Gangam style dance has become globally famous, resulting in many parodies of the dance. The Bieber video, with 803 million views, has been up since February 2010, while the Gangam Style video was uploaded in July of this year.
Elmo actor resigns
Following the second accusation of underage sex made against him, Kevin Clash, the actor who created and voiced Elmo on Sesame Street, has resigned. The first accusation made against Clash occurred earlier this month but was later recanted. The attorney for the second accuser has said that Clash preyed on teenage boys. Clash resigned on Nov. 20th after 28 years of playing Elmo and 21 Emmy awards for “best performer in a children’s series”.
WKU student shot and killed
Cheryl Williamson, a 24-year-old student at Western Kentucky University, was shot at a party in downtown Louisville early Sunday morning. She was taken to University Hospital by a bystander but died during surgery. Police are investigating the incident as a homicide. Witnesses said Williamson, who was home in Louisville for the Thanksgiving holidays, was involved in an argument with two men, one of whom pulled a handgun out and shot her.