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This Week in World: Senate, Escobar, and More


The Senate Votes To Acquit Trump

The US Senate voted to acquit President Trump on Wednesday during his impeachment trial. Saved by fellow Republicans, he now faces a battle in a divided America to ask for a second term in the White House. Because of this, Trump survived the third time a president had been impeached, along with Andrew Jackson and Bill Clinton.

In a shocking turn of events, Utah Senator Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote to convict Trump on the first article of impeachment. However, with a Republican-heavy Senate, the vote was 52-48 not to convict. With the second article, Romney voted with his party, 53-47 not to convict.

Drug Lord Escobar’s Hitman Dies In Colombia

Notorious hitman/murderer Jhon Jairo Velásquez died from stomach cancer earlier this week. Jhon, 57, worked with infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar and boasted of killing over 300 people for him. Known as Popeye, he was released from prison in 2014. Then, he launched a YouTube channel, garnering over 1 million subscribers.

However, he returned to prison in 2018 on charges of extortion. Police took him into custody at a party hosted by Colombia’s top drug trafficking investigators. He died at the National Cancer Institute in the capital Bogotá, where doctors had treated him for stomach cancer since December.

WHO Says Too Early To Say Coronavirus Peaking

The World Health Organization said that it was too early to confirm the peak of the coronavirus outbreak in China. However, it did confirm that the country had its first day with a drop in new cases. “We are still in the middle of an intense outbreak. There are cycles of transmission, and we may see those cases increase in the coming days. But at least for the moment, things are stable,” WHO top emergency expert Mike Ryan told a news conference.

Chairman Calls For Vote Review For Iowa Caucus

The chairman of the US Democratic National Committee (DNC) called for a review of the vote totals presidential nominee contest in Iowa. Currently, the final results of the caucus are not available to the public. “We owe it to the thousands of Iowa Democratic volunteers and caucusgoers to remain focused on collecting and reviewing incoming results,” IDP chairman Troy Price said.

Two Die In Zimbabwe Gold Mine

Two Zimbabwean miners died in a gold mine collapse near Kwekwe on Thursday. “The rescue operation has been going on and we are yet to identify any more miners. These are illegal miners who operate at night, so we cannot ascertain how many they were,” Civil Protection Unit chair Fortune Mupungu said.