Thousands of dead starfish found on British beaches.

Thousands of dead starfish, crabs, and mussels washed up on British coasts. (Image courtesy of CNN)

Starfish and other sea animals washed up onto British beaches by the thousands after storms caused high winds and negative temperatures, killing wildlife. Other animals such as crabs and fish were also found on beaches with some still alive and rescued by citizens. Researchers cannot say whether the event was caused by the strong currents or if the animals allowed themselves to be moved onto the shores.

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Democratic Republic of Congo increases taxes on mining.

A conveyor belt transports cobalt in a factory in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Image courtesy of Getty Images)

The Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila signed a new mining code into law on 9 March 2018 to increase taxes on mining companies despite heavy opposition. The country is the largest producer of cobalt and copper, two crucial elements for mobile device batteries and believe foreign companies are receiving excessive profits. The companies argued that the taxes would make mining unprofitable and prevent future investment. As a result, the government has agreed to take their concerns seriously and review the law.

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Mount Shinmoedake: Japan’s James Bond volcano erupts.

Mount Shinmoedake is shown erupting. (Image courtesy of Nippon Hoso Kyokai)

Mount Shinmoedake, an active volcano in Japan, began erupting on 10 March 2018. The volcano is famous for appearing in the 1967 James Bond film, You Only Live Once and is one of Japan’s 110 active volcanoes. Authorities issued warnings to the public and say there can be falling rocks within four kilometres of Mount Shinmoedake. Experts say the volcanic activity could continue for several months.

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Thousands of Slovaks protest after journalist murder.

Candles were placed in front of a portrait of Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová. (Image courtesy of CNN)

Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova were murdered while he was investigating government corruption related to Italian organized crime. After the incomplete story was published, it sparked national outrage at the government’s failure to investigate potential corruption. As a result, over forty thousand people united to protest in Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital. The demonstration is the largest in national history since the end of Communism and the government has promised to build public trust.

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Ex-Russian spy and daughter poisoned in attempted murder.

A picture of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal. (Image courtesy of Associated Press.)

An ex-Russian spy and his daughter were found unconscious after exposure to a nerve agent and are in critical condition. Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were living together in Salisbury, England when the event occurred. The counter-terrorism unit and military personnel are investigating the chemical weapons attack as well as preventing further contamination. Leaders in government and security forces condemned the incident and are responding with full force because of the public safety risk a nerve agent poses. Russia is strongly suspected to be involved in the matter, which is a serious concern for British intelligence.

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