Know Before You Go: The Pope, Saying Goodbye to Yogi, and Greece…Again…

Here are the Top Five News Stories that caught our eyes this week!

  1. Greece Elections
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    Tsipras Celebrates Syriza’s Win (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • What You Need to Know: Greece held emergency elections this month following former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ stepping down. Tsipras called for elections after Greece’s third international bailout, one that Tsipras originally fought against earlier in the summer. But the elections sent Tsipras’ Syriza party back to the top with 35% of the votes. Although the number was down from what the party had previously won in January, the number is short of an overall majority vote. This means that Syriza will renew its coalition with the Independent Greeks party. This gives the combined parties a total of 155 seats, meaning that the Syriza party has majority, once again. The election was called after Tsipras lost majority in parliament in August, following the new bailout conditions. Tsipras saw some of him MPs split away from Syriza, and attempt to form a new party; the party failed in getting into parliament. For more information on this story, visit http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34307795.
    • Why You Need to Know This: I have honestly lost count of what part we’re on for Greece’s insane saga. But this is a huge victory for Tsipras, who many thought would be ousted by the Greek people following the Debt Deal that was reached a while back. This victory is huge for Tsipras and for the Syriza part as well. This means that Tsipras is still in power and the majority is safely in his hands. Things are still looking interesting, however. The government has major steps that they still need to take over the next months and hopefully, everything works out.

      Results of the Election compared to the Jan. Elections (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
      Results of the Election compared to the Jan. Elections (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • Office Top Tip: Keep an eye out on Greece…again. I have a feeling that we’ll be chatting about Greece again before the year is out.
  2. Apple App Store Infected with Malware in China
    Apple Store (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    Apple Store (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • What You Need to Know: In the first large-scale attack on Apple’s App Store, hackers in China infected the Chinese App Store with a malware. Initially, this malware was given out to app developers as a counterfeit version of Apple’s software. This app allowed the hackers to alter information in the App Store along with gaining the Login and Passwords from many Apple Users. The malware hit WeChat (a texting like application), NetEase (a music downloading app), and Didi Kuaidi (an Uber-like app). All of the Apps that contained the malware were removed from the Apple Store and Apple is looking for the culprit. For more information on this story, visit http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34311203.
    • Why You Need to Know This: If you’re heading to China, you need to be aware of this. I downloaded WeChat when I was in China back in May; it is one of the biggest means of communication throughout China. Having been there and seen the scope of WeChat’s influence, I know this is a huge This could cause a lot of problems in Apple’s sales in China and the world as well.

      WeChat (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
      WeChat (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • Office Top Tip: Be careful what you download abroad! Always be sure that you have your contacts saved in a safe place and that you back up your photos every night. Don’t use your phone to pay for things, in case something like this occurs.
  3. Pope Francis in Cuba
    Pope Francis during Mass (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    Pope Francis during Mass (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • What You Need to Know: Pope Francis kicked off his tour of the Americas in Cuba, which recently regained diplomatic ties with the U.S. In the first time that Pope Francis has been to the Communist country. The Pope gave a sermon in Revolution Square in front of 10,000 and was followed by a meeting with Fidel Castro. Castro is the former President of Cuba and is known throughout the United States as being a ruthless leader. But according to Vatican Spokespeople, the meeting was “friendly and informal”. The meeting took place in Castro’s home where the pair exchanged books. For more information on this story, visit http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-34307121.
    • Why You Need to Know This: This is the beginning of the American Tour for the Pope. No one is exactly sure of the nature of Castro and Pope Francis’ meeting, but there isn’t too much cause for concern. The Pontiff’s progressive attitude has been attracting a lot of young people back to the Catholic Church, and it seems that in Cuba it has been working.

      Thousands in Revolution Square during Mass (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
      Thousands in Revolution Square during Mass (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • Office Top Tip: Try to catch the Pope whenever he is in a country that you are in. If you can catch a mass at the Vatican, even better. It is a very cool experience.
  4. Pope Francis in the U.S.
    Pope Francis with the President and First Lady
    Pope Francis with the President and First Lady (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • What You Need to Know: The Pontiff is making his way through the Americas rather quickly. Today he made his stop at the White House and met President Obama. He spoke to 11,000 people about climate change, something that Pope Francis has been very outspoken about in the recent months. Pope Francis lauded Obama’s proposals that will tackle air pollution; this is one of the few times that the Pope is expected to speak in English on his U.S. tour. The Pope is to speak to Congress on Thursday, with one Congressman boycotting the speech due to the Pope’s stance on climate change. One of the highlights of the Pope’s trip will be the canonization Junipero Serra as a saint. Serra is the Spanish Franciscan missionary who brought Catholicism to the western U.S. Serra will also become the first Hispanic saint in the U.S. It will also be the first canonization that has taken place in the U.S. The Argentinian is then expected to travel to New York City and Philadelphia. For more information on this story, visit http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34337942.
    • Why You Need to Know This: It will be really interesting to see what the Pope will do here in the U.S. over the next couple of days. He isn’t scheduled to leave until Monday night and he will be taking in a lot of sights while doing some work here as well.

      Pope Francis in front of the White House (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
      Pope Francis in front of the White House (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • Office Top Tip: If you’re in one of these cities, go see the Pope!
  5. Yogi Berra Dies at 90
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    The New York Yankees’ Tweet Announcing Yogi Berra’s Death (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • What You Need to Know: Baseball legend Yogi Berra passed away Tuesday at the age of 90. Yogi played baseball for almost 20 years, and almost all of it with the New York Yankees. He was a 12-Time World Series Champion and a three-time MVP. He is most famous for his quotes, such as “when you come to a fork in the road, take it” and “it ain’t over til it’s over”. For more information on this story, visit http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34333249.
    • Why You Need to Know This: This is a super short story, but still important. Yogi Berra did a lot for baseball in the U.S. and is known around the world as one of the greatest catchers in baseball, if not the greatest.

      Yogi Berra (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
      Yogi Berra (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • Office Top Tip: Not all countries celebrate baseball, but expect tributes from many Asian and Caribbean countries.

Check back next week for more news so you can Know Before You Go!

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