By Elizabeth Billman, Staff Reporter
WIRed is a week-in-review series, summarizing the biggest topics in the news each week. This week in the world…
Pope Francis’ visit is causing much excitement—along with serious security and traffic nightmares—on his way to New York, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. However, New York and D.C. don’t seem to be taking as many precautions as Philadelphia. The city is treating the event like a weather emergency, with the Parkway shutting down, opening late and local stores stocking up on extra supplies. The biggest part of this event will be the crowds, coming from all over the world. More portable bathrooms are being added in the city because a group of 1 million pilgrims are expected to attend the event.
The Syrian refugee migration is in full effect and the war that has continued for four years seems to be the greatest push for these refugees. Countries in Europe are restricting their borders as the refugees are ignoring the camps and heading straight for Europe. Many of these travelers are men, sent ahead to find stability and a source of income before bringing relatives and family members along with them. These refugees, not all from Syria but other Middle Eastern countries at war, are tired of fighting and just want to live in peace and eat.
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In other news from the Middle East, people on their Hajj pilgrimages were interrupted by a stampede near Mecca, the holy city, where at least 717 people were killed with 146 others injured. The incident occurred when two large groups of pilgrims collided on a street, coming from opposite directions. This is the largest incident to happen during the Mecca pilgrimage in 25 years. This event caused the Saudi Arabian King Salman to order a safety review for the pilgrimage. Iran is blaming the incident on improper measures and mismanagement.
For all the sports fans, there has been a development in the ongoing FIFA scandal. The Swiss have opened criminal proceedings against Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president. The allegation is that Blatter signed a contract undesirable to FIFA with the Caribbean Football Union back in 2005, along with other disloyal payments. This is the most recent event in a timeline of corruptions for FIFA that has been continuous for almost five months. This corruption involves large amounts of money, FIFA officials and sports marketing and broadcasting executives. The U.S. Department of Justice says that these contracts and events were planned in the United States and carried out in the rest of the world.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus come out today in stores. The improved features include better cameras, a new technique called 3D touch and a rose gold outer shell color. Although Apple came out with a new iPhone just last year, Apple executives say the 6s will hopefully increase sales. Compared to previous models, not many Apple customers upgraded to the iPhone 6. Apple is preparing to sell 12 to 13 million phones in the first opening weekend, and the pre-order sales have already beat out last year’s.
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