Breaking the Bubble

Jess Kaplan, News Editor

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Domestic:

The U.S. women’s gymnastics team won their fifth consecutive world championship in Germany on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Simone Biles earned her 21st medal and 15th career gold, making her the most decorated female gymnast. Biles is now only three medals away from surpassing the all-time world medals leader, Belarusian gymnast Vitaly Scherbo. “I think that’s really impressive for someone to be able to do that; I guess that’s me,” Biles told The Washington Post.

As of Wednesday, Oct. 8, Pacific Gas and Electric has cut power in 500,000 customers’ homes in Northern California as a precaution against sparking wildfires in high winds. The 35 to 45 mph winds have the potential to spark blazes in dangerous conditions. So far the outages have disrupted daily life for those in the Bay area.

 

International:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the Turkish military had begun crossing the Syrian border to infiltrate the Kurdish-dominated regions in the country’s north. The Kurds – an ethnic minority – have been a key U.S. ally in the fight against ISIS. However, Turkey views the Kurds as perpetrators of the separatist movement against the Turkish government. The move follows President Trump’s abrupt announcement to become offensive in Syria.

FIFA fined the Hong Kong Football Association after fans protested the Chinese national anthem at a World Cup qualifying game against Iran. Although China and Hong Kong have two separate teams, FIFA plays the Chinese national anthem because Hong Kong is a region of China. The Hong Kong football team must pay $15,000 and has been issued a warning.

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