World News


Brynne Bergen

The following briefs are all highlights from the World News section of The New York Times. For longer stories, visit

Assassination of Kim Jong-Un’s Half Brother believed to be an inside job

   Half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam, was assassinated at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia on Monday, Feb. 13. Kim Jong-nam was killed with VX nerve agent by two women from Indonesia and Vietnam; however, the murder is believed to be perpetrated by the North Korean government. One of the women claims that she was paid by foreign men to carry out what she thought would be a harmless prank.

Attacks from ISIS shift from East Afghanistan to North Afghanistan 

   Islamic State militants ambushed and killed ten police officers in the northern province of Zawzjan in Afghanistan on Friday, Feb. 24. The police force was attacked as they departed from a mosque in the province. In addition to the ten police officers, the wife of the police commander was also killed when she arrived at the scene upon hearing gunshots. Although the Islamic State militants have been known for working in Afghanistan’s eastern regions, they have begun to take action in northern Afghanistan as well.

Anti-immigration protests take place in South Africa’s capital Pretoria

  On Friday, Feb. 24, South Africa’s administrative capital of Pretoria was the site of a violent protest led by anti-immigrant South African citizens. In response, police used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons to put a stop to the protest. This encounter is not the first sign of foreigner hatred; however, the protest does highlight a recent rise in anti-immigrant violence. Protesters are concerned that immigrants contribute to a higher crime rate and less jobs for the South African people. To counteract the effects of these foreigners, protesters have begun to target immigrants communities and businesses.