What in the World is Going On?

1 In Seal Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, Scott Evans Dekraai allegedly shot his wife and seven other people to death at Salon Meritage. After killing eight people inside the salon, he walked outside and shot a ninth victim parked in a nearby Range Rover. Dekraai said his attacks were for “revenge.” Prosecutors filed eight counts of first-degree murder and a felony count of attempted murder against Dekraai on Friday, Oct. 14. They are seeking the death penalty.

2 The United States accused Iranian government officials on Tuesday, Oct. 11 of plotting to assassinate Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador in the United States. Two men, one of whom was a member of Iran’s special foreign actions unit, were charged in New York federal court for the plot. The United States is using the thwarted plot as leverage with other countries who have hesitated to harshly punish Iran. As of Sunday, Oct. 16, President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied all allegations that Iran was involved in the plot and warned the United Sates against seeking retaliation.

3 Saturday, Oct. 15, thousands of people peacefully rallied against corporate power and government cuts in the global “Day of Rage” against the world’s financial system. Only in Rome, Italy did the protests become violent. Over 70 people were injured, 40 of them police officers. Hundreds of anarchists belonging to a group called “Black Bloc” moved to where peaceful demonstrators had gathered as part of the global Occupy movement, torching cars, breaking windows and fighting with the police.

4 Yemeni security forces shot at demonstrators gathered for a planned march in Sana’a on Sunday, Oct. 16. Four people were killed and 54 others were injured. In a separate demonstration, a woman was shot in the head by a government sniper and opposition activists claim that she was the first woman killed while marching against the government. The protesters are calling for the United Nations to come up with a resolution in support of change in Yemen.

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