This Week in News: October 26-30

Read about some of the most important things that happened each week, here on Sequoit Media.

Arby’s Parent Company Looks at Buying Dunkin’ Donuts

Inspire Brands, the owner of companies such as Arby’s, is talking of buying Dunkin’ Brands Group, which is the company that owns Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin’ Robbins. Inspire Brands is a large parent company that owns Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic and Jimmy John’s. 


According to Business Insider, Dunkin’ Brands Group said there is a possibility that no agreement is reached between the two companies. 


Dunkin’ Brands is estimated to be worth around 8.8 billion dollars.


Water Found on Sunlit Part of the Moon

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) confirmed that for the first time ever water has been found on the sunlit area of the moon. The water molecules were detected in the only crater of the moon detectable from Earth, Clavius Crater.


According to NASA’s press release on the discovery, the Sahara Desert holds 100 times more water than what was discovered on the moon.


This has puzzled scientists as they raise new questions about how water is formed and survives such harsh, airless conditions.


Typhoon Forces Thousands to Flee in the Philippines

A typhoon struck the Philippines on Sunday, October 25, displacing 120 thousand civilians and killing eight. Typhoon Molave caused deadly flooding in the country beginning Wednesday, October 28, and is also expected to reach Vietnam. 


According to an article from the South China Morning Post, while the people of the Philippines did not have time to prepare for the oncoming storm, the Vietnamese have a headstart on evacuating the central region expected to be hit. 


The storm has been deemed the area’s worst storm in 20 years.


Polanders Protest Abortion Law

For the past seven days, angry women took to the streets of Polish cities as an expression of opposition towards a new constitutional court ruling that abortions become criminalized in the event of irreversible damage to the fetus.


According to Polish news, Fakt 24, the women are protesting the ruling because it goes against the abortion compromise of 1993.


The women protesting argue that the Polish government forces them under one of the most strict laws in the Western European countries.


Afghanistan Claims Murder of Al-Qaeda Official

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) announced their forces killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Abu Muhsin Al-Masri, and the second in command of the group, Omar bin Khetab, on October 25. 


According to Arab News, Al-Masri was ranked on the U.S. list of most-wanted terrorists, and the high profile target was killed as part of a special national security operation. 


The following day, Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, announced his accusations that the Taliban were linked with the terrorist group.


Chilean People Vote to Change Charter

The Chilean people voted to change their constitution that has been around since the dictatorship-era on Sunday, October 25. Chileans argue that the charter is illegitimate due to its origin in a brutal dictatorship and its likeness to a straitjacket on social reforms that prevent change in the country’s economic model. 


According to the Wall Street Journal, 78 percent of Chileans voted to form a new constitution, while 22 percent voted to keep the same charter.


Political scientist Claudia Heiss believes that the new constitution would expand social rights and still allow future government power, without worries that the top court of Chile, the Constitutional Tribunal, will strike it down as unconstitutional.


Teal Porch Pumpkins

Families across the United States are playing part in a new project to make trick-or-treating fun for kids with food allergies, the Teal Pumpkin Project. The families participating in the project place a teal pumpkin on the porch, a paper explaining the project and a bowl of non-edible treats for the kids. 


According to Rare News, the profit was made in 2014; however, it gained popularity and participation this year. 


The project has allowed for the kids with food allergies to enjoy trick-or-treating and has decreased worries for those kids’ families.


Missing Citizens Found, Criminals Arrested in Human Trafficking Ring

U.S. Marshals from Southern Ohio and Southern West Virginia found 45 missing children and arrested 179 criminals associated with human trafficking rings. This was a part of operation ‘Autumn Hope”, a multi-agency collaboration to find missing or exploited children and fight human trafficking.


According to Daily Wire News, the U.S. Marshals have recovered many children over the past few months and more than 2,000 missing children since 2005. 


It is reported that the Marshals Service has located children in 75 percent of the cases they have received, two-thirds of those found within sevendays, over the past five years. 


China Urged to End Human Rights Abuses

An international outcry has been drawn as the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) human rights violations worsen. 39 countries fault the CCP’s growing number of human rights violations against the United Nations’ (UN) statements on ethnic and religious minorities’ freedoms.


According to an article from the U.S. Embassy in Georgia, countries such as the United States, Germany, Australia, Denmark, France and others agreed to call on China to respect the human rights of minorities in Xinjiang and Tibet. 


In other UN news, it was revealed that five of the world’s worst violators in religious freedom; China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Nigeria and Eritrea, are also five members of the UN human rights council.


Three Dead in France Terrorist Attack

Three died in a series of stabbings in a suspected terror attack at the Basilica of Notre Dame in Nice, France on Thursday, October 29. 


According to the Associated Press, the suspect was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital due to an injury suffered in resisting arrest. 


Town Mayor Christian Estrosi announced that the attacker yelled “allahu akbar” during the attack- a declaration of Islam faith. The country and French president Emmanuel Macron are handling the situation as an attack by Islamic terrorists.