In the News: Feb. 25

Paul Patane, Senior Reporter

Egyptian forces launched airstrikes on multiple ISIS targets in the Libyan city of Derna last Monday in response to the killing of 21 Coptic Christian Egyptians by the group. The strikes came just hours after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi called on the U.S. led coalition forces to join him in his efforts against the ever-expanding threat. The Copts are the largest Christian community in the Middle East and make up some 10% of Egypt’s 87 million people.

Future NBA Hall of Fame forward Kevin Garnett returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves last Thursday after the ‘Wolves traded forward Thaddeus Young to the Brooklyn Nets. In team history, the ‘Wolves have qualified for the playoffs eight times and Garnett was on the team for each of those seasons, including his 2004 MVP campaign.

Syrian rebels captured 32 pro-government militants near the northern city of Aleppo as both sides struggled to regain territory before a possible UN-brokered peace deal comes into effect. UN envoy Staffan de Mistura, in talks with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, stated that the Syrian leader is open to suspending the bombing that has besieged the city. More than 170 fighters have been killed from both sides in the fighting, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, and a UN report on Friday estimated the death toll from the civil war, stretching back to March 2011, at over 191,000.

Walmart announced they plan to pay a minimum wage of $9.00 per hour to all U.S. hourly employees by April, 2015 and $10.00 per hour by February, 2016. The move comes after years of criticism over questionable employment policies, wages paid and recent problems retaining employees as national unemployment has shrunk.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma has been arrested by order of the country’s attorney genreal for “conspiring against the peace and stability of the nation.” Ledezma’s wife took to social media to report the incident, saying the arresting authorities savagely beat her husband. Much of Ledezma’s power is in name only after deceased president Hugo Chavez stripped him of most of his power and abilities.

Move over Google Maps, Nokia’s 300 “Here True” cars have arrived and they’ll be creating detailed 3D maps which will utilize “reality mapping” to help create a safer driver environment and eventually, driverless conditions. Each vehicle is equipped with four high-resolution cameras which capture a 360 degree image every six meters with accuracy down to the centimeter.

Sources: Al-Jazeera, Washington Post, CBS News, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Vox, New York Times, Reuters, TIME, Associated Press, National Public Radio, CNN, The Denver Post, ABC News.