Compiled by Paola Cardenas
2016 Games in Rio
The Brazilian organizing committee has announced the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place in four different zones across the city. These include Copacabana Beach, Deodordo, Marcana and the Olympic Park being built at Barra. The organizing committee said pure Brazilian samba would demonstrate the country’s passion. The Games are being tag-lined as “A city leaps forward.”
Spain arrests Mexican cartel members
Four suspected members of the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico were arrested in Spain as they were trying to set up a European operation. Jesus Gutierrez Guzman, Rafael Humberto Celaya Valenzuela, Samuel Zazueta Valenzuela and Jesus Gonzalo Palazuelo Soto were trying to set up a European operation, officials said. They are all wanted in America for drug trafficking and money laundering. The interior ministry said these men were going to use their country as a port of entry for large shipments of narcotics. Jesus Gutierrez Guzman is the cousin of Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa cartel.
‘ET’ special effects artist dies
Carlo Rambaldi, creator of “ET the Extra Terrestrial,” died at age 86 after a long battle with an illness in a hospital in Lamezia Terme, Italy’s Calabria region. Rambaldi, a renowed Italian special effects artist, worked with several Italian directors such as Pier Paolo Pasolini and Dario Argento. His work with Hollywood included Ridley Scott’s 1979 “Alien” and John Guillermin’s 1976 “King Kong.”
Trial for ‘Kidney for iPad’ begins
A trial is taking place in Hunan, China, after a 17-year-old student identified as Wang, sold his kidney to buy an iPad to a group he found in an online chat room. The group of five people is on trial for illegal organ trading and intentional injury. If found guilty, they could serve up to 10 years in prison. The group received about $35,000 for the transplant, and Wang received about $3,000 for his kidney. Wang almost died after he suffered renal failure after the operation and is currently in poor health. The case came to light after Wang’s mother questioned where he got the money to buy his electronics.
Car bomb kills 11
A car bomb attack near Suwayrah in Iraq has killed 11 people. The attack took place close to a group of Shia Muslims who had gathered to break their Ramadan fast. Twenty other people have been reported injured. The explosion also caused a fire in a market close by and damaged some houses. There has been a rise in violence in Iraq in the last months due to political tensions getting worse. Sunni rebels linked to al-Qaeda are also suspected as part of the reason for the recent violence.