Knifeman shot outside Louvre Museum in Paris.

French police secure the site near the Louvre Pyramid in Paris after the attack. (Image courtesy of Reuters)

On 3 February, a machete-wielding man was shot outside the Louvre Museum in Paris by French soldiers. He was holding two machetes and attacked the soldiers, who shot him four times. The assailant, a 29-year-old Egyptian, is currently in critical condition and believed to be a terrorist. The attack caused a lock down of the iconic museum and rekindled questions about the security in the city. Anti-terrorism prosecutors are currently investigating the man.

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Trudeau calls for fight against injustice at Quebec mosque shooting victims’ funeral.

Mourners listen to prayers and speeches during the funeral services. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume will also address the mourners. (Image courtesy of Getty Images)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to thousands of mourners at the funeral for three Quebec mosque shooting victims. Six men were killed and several more were injured in the attack on the mosque on 29 January. Trudeau expressed how detrimental harmful words are and the effects that they cause. Furthermore, he said they went against the essential values of Canada. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume also addressed the audience and echoed Trudeau’s message. The gunman, Alexandre Bissonnette, is in custody and has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five of attempted murder using a restricted firearm.

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Renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine wrecks havoc on residents.

The aftermath of an artillery blast near an apartment in the centre of town. (Image courtesy of Anton Skiba)

Avdiivka, Ukraine is facing attacks by Russian-backed separatists after fighting intensified in eastern Ukraine. The town is a government stronghold and is the front line of the attacks. Residents have been left with no heat, electricity, and water after severe shelling. The attacks have been the worst in the past couple years, according to Alexander Hug of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The fighting shows no sign of stopping and several casualties have already occurred.

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U.S. Department Homeland Security suspends travel ban.

Protests on the ban occurred in many US airports. (Image courtesy of AP)

Federal judge James Robart has ordered a suspension of President Trump’s travel ban, which bars citizens of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the US for 90 days, all refugees for 120 days, and all Syrian refugees indefinitely. The State Department has reversed visa cancellations that were revoked following the executive order, provided the visas were not stamped or marked as cancelled. Those with visas that were physically cancelled would have to go to an embassy or consulate to have them reinstated. Approximately 60 000 visas were cancelled since the executive order was signed and it is unknown how many were physically cancelled. US Customs and Border Protection has notified major airlines to continue operations as they were before the executive order. 

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“Lost continent” found beneath waters of Indian Ocean.

Scientists found fragments of the lost continent on the island of Mauritius. (Image courtesy of Trip Advisor)

A continental fragment scientists are calling “Mauritia” has been found under the island of Mauritius, buried beneath millions of years worth of volcanic material. Mauritia is thought to have been created when a supercontinent called Gondwana, a combination of Africa, South America, Antarctica, Australia, India, and Madagascar, broke up, leaving a small piece behind. Dr Ashwal, the researcher who made the discovery, dated 3 billion year old zircon crystals. He concluded that the only way such old crystals could have existed was if there were fragments of a continent beneath Mauritius.

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