After a long enjoyable Halloween weekend, and a day or two to recover, news was probably the last thing on Red Fox Report readers’ minds so we’ve recapped last weeks newsworthy events for you! This week’s news includes landslide election results, the return of two detained American citizens from North Korea, more airstrikes against ISIS, the scoop on upcoming cold winter weather, the oldest human photograph and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
1) Republicans Take Both House and Senate
On Tuesday Nov. 4 the Republicans won majority of both the US House of Representatives and the Senate during the 2014 Midterm Elections. The Republicans clinched victory by claiming 52 seats in the Senate and 244 seats in the House. The Republican control of the House of Representatives is the largest Republican majority since Truman was President. Presently the biggest hope for the future being expressed by both sides is the ability to work together to get things done for the country.
The Midterm elections also seemed to turn the tides in many states as the country saw the election of Republican governors in what have normally been categorized as Democratic States including Massachusetts, Illinois and Maryland.
2) Two Americans Released from North Korea
Almost a week after American Jeffrey Fowle’s arrival back home from his five month detention in North Korea, two other Americans have returned home after being released by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller are the last two known American citizens who were held by the North Koreans.
Bae, 46, was detained in 2012 and accused of trying to use religion to bring down the North Korean government. In April of 2013 he was sentenced to 15 years hard-labor.
Miller, 25, was held earlier this year on grounds that he had torn up his tourist visa and was seeking asylum. He was sentenced to 6 years of hard labor in September after being convicted of “acts hostile” to North Korea’s government.
The two men were brought home thanks to the work of James Clapper, US Director of National Intelligence, who acted as an envoy of President Obama to the North Korean government.
3) Airstrikes Target ISIS Leaders
This weekend United States warplanes struck a convoy near the Iraqi city Mosul, a stronghold for ISIS since they overtook the city in June. The goal of the air strike was to attempt to kill ISIS leaders including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Col. Patrick Ryder, US Military Command Spokesman, could not confirm that al-Baghdadi was in the convoy or if he was killed..
Another airstike at Al-Qaim on the border of Iraq and Syria killed 15 and injured 31. There has been no confirmation on the identities of those killed or injured or if any are ISIS leaders.
Officials have confirmed the airstrikes were carried out by a US-led coalition force.
4) ‘Bomb Cyclone’ and Arctic Cold
Now that fall has begun to come to a close and the clocks have been turned back an hour, winter weather may still seem like a far off event. But for some Northern Plains and Mountain States, as well as Canada, the path of a ‘bomb cyclone’ (Pacific typhoon that snapped up into the arctic) may cause an arctic snap in temperatures.
Temperatures in the Great Plains and Mountain States have already begun falling.
Great Falls, Montana can expect temperatures of 9 degrees below zero by this upcoming Tuesday night while many other states including the Dakotas and Minnesota could see their first snowstorm of the season.
5) Oldest surviving Photo of Human
For history and photography buffs this week brought a real gem to light.
The photograph of a Parisian street, taken in 1838, seems to have captured a photo of a man getting his shoes shined in the photo’s lower left-hand corner.
The photo was taken by Louis Daguerre the inventor of the daguerreotype. It seems that these men were captured because they were staying reasonable still while other people and objects moved during the exposure time of the photograph.
While the photo is not the oldest surviving photograph ever, it does hold promise as the oldest surviving photograph of a human being.
6) 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall
Sunday Nov. 9 marked the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
In Berlin the anniversary was marked by a release of balloons attached to poles following the actual place of the wall. The poles were the exact height (3.6 meters) as the Berlin Wall and stretched as far as the Wall did (9 miles). The balloons were released one-by-one starting at the time of the actual breach of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
There were other events throughout the day including a “citizen’s party” by the Brandenburg Gate. The party saw Peter Gabriel perform David Bowie’s song “Heroes” and the Berlin State Orchestra perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony “Ode to Joy.”
Earlier in the day German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute to the 136 people who were killed or died at the Berlin Wall trying to escape the communist East Germany. Merkel laid a rose at the remaining section of the Berlin Wall that makes up the Berlin Wall Memorial.