Happening outside the Haven

By Dusty Guerra
Staff Writer

March 14, 2013

The Vatican: Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. Bergoglio chose the Papal name of Francis I. His election marks the first time a Latin American has been elected to the office. Bergoglio is the first Jesuit to become Pope.

North and South Korea: Tensions continue to mount between North and South Korea as Kim Jong-un threatens to attack a South Korean island in response to new sanctions placed on his country. The sanctions have been leveled after North Korea continued nuclear tests in direct violation of demands for them to cease their program.  This new threat comes only a week after the North Korean leader declared that his nation was discarding the Armistice that ended the hostilities of the Korean Conflict in 1953.

Syria and Iraq: Violence in Syria spilled over into Iraq last week when 48 Syrian soldiers and nine Iraqi guards were killed near the border. A wing of Al-Qaeda, called the Islamic State of Iraq, claims the presence of Syrian troops in Iraq means that Baghdad is supporting the Syrian Army of Bashar al-Assad. Politicians in Iraq are concerned that more fighting will cross the border from war-torn Syria which has been fighting a civil war for two years.

Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez died in Caracas on March 5 from cancer. He had served as president since 1998, having won 4 elections. Chavez was widely skeptical of the United States, once calling President George W. Bush “the devil”, after a coup attempt. The U.S. recognized the temporary government of the coup, but Chavez was back in power within 48 hours. Allegations have come from Venezuela that the U.S. may have had Chavez poisoned. once calling President George W. Bush “the devil”, after a coup attempt. The U.S. recognized the temporary government of the coup, but Chavez was back in power within 48 hours.

Allegations have come from Venezuela that the U.S. may have had Chavez poisoned.

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