The busy student’s quick fix for staying informed

Nadia Dreid

Donna Jones

When your parents call you this weekend, trick them into thinking you’ve been watching the news with these five short briefs:

1. This Sunday, North Korea sentenced American tourist Matthew Miller to six years hard labor, the Associated Press reports. Miller was convicted of entering North Korea illegally to commit espionage.

The U.S. State Department has publicly asked North Korea to release Miller with no result. Two other Americans are also currently being held in North Korea.

2. Hundreds are feared to be dead after a boat carrying 250 migrants headed for Europe sank off the coast of Libya on Monday, Aljazeera reports. The spokesman for the Libyan navy said that only 36 people were recovered alive.

A similar ship carrying up to 500 passengers may have sank last week near Malta, according to BBC. The International Organization for Migration announced that two survivors reported that traffickers sunk the boat after an altercation.

3. Pope Francis married 20 couples at the Vatican Sunday in what some are calling a move towards a more accepting Catholic Church, ABC reports. Among those who took part in the group wedding were several couples who lived together before marriage, one man who had been married and had his marriage annulled and a single mother with a child from an earlier relationship.

4. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (not of GSU fame) issued a statement Monday in which he said he is “not a child abuser” but apologized for the hurt he caused his son. Peterson was indicted on felony child abuse charges after he allegedly used a switch to discipline his son, leaving welts. Peterson has been cleared to play Sunday.

5. There is controversy in Egypt over plans to restore the country’s oldest pyramid, the Associated Press reports. The criticism stems from the government’s choice of contractors, a construction company with no experience restoring antiquities. The Djoser Pyramid is located in Saqqara, Egypt and is believed to be 4,600 years old.