What You May Have Missed While You Were Watching Super Bowl LI

While most people in America were distracted by Super Bowl LI, the rest of the world had bigger things to worry about, and major events were overlooked.

Haylee Haupt, Columnist

The Super Bowl is an annual event where two of the top National Football League (NFL). teams for the year compete to be the season’s champion. This year was the 51st Super Bowl and the two teams were the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, with the latter of the two winning after going into overtime. It has become a tradition to have parties of all sizes on game day. Even if you’re not a football fan, most people participate anyways, whether it’s for the half time show (where there’s always a massive performance from some of the most famous people in the music industry – this year was Lady Gaga), for the iconic commercials, or just to eat food.

Most of the news is swarmed with updates about the game, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t newsworthy events in other parts of the world. Below are a few of the main things that happened over the weekend.

  • President Trump’s attempted travel ban update

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal request to restore the Trump administration’s travel ban on seven majority-Muslim countries.

  • Avalanches in Afghanistan

For the past three days, Afghanistan and Pakistan experienced several devastating avalanches, killing over 100 people as well as trapping and injuring more than 100. Over 300 homes were destroyed.

  • Rally against hunting with dogs in Madrid, Spain

Hunting with dogs often results in the abandonment of the dogs after the hunting season. The most common type of dog to be hunted with are the galgos (Spanish greyhounds). In Madrid and other small parts of Spain, hundreds stormed the streets to protest the use of dogs while hunting.

  • Massive multi-day protest in front of a government building in Bucharest, Romania

Protests against the government in Romania arose throughout the week. A law was introduced that would weaken punishments for those interfering with the government, taking steps backward in the country’s effort to deteriorate the corruption in their systems. The government saw the alarming reaction to the proposal and withdrew it, but another version of it is in the works.

  • Arabs and Jews march against the destruction of houses in Tel Aviv, Israel

Homes were demolished in small villages Qalansuwa and Umm al-Hiran, and it was believed to be against race. Protesters thought that the security forces treated the West Bank settlers that also had to evacuate much differently than those in Umm al-Hiran.

  • Sub-Saharan migrants prepare to disembark from their rescue vessel

Hundreds of migrants waited in the port of Pozzallo, which is south of Sicily, Italy. They were rescued by Proactiva Open Arms, a non-governmental organization that aids refugees, in a vessel named the Golfo Azzurro.