Beyond Baltimore – Feb. 16, 2016

HOSPITAL STRUCK IN SYRIAN AIR STRIKE  – Damascus, Syria

The United Nations has reported that about 50 people have been killed in Syrian air strikes on Monday. The air strikes hit various regional hospitals and schools, including one on a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital that killed seven people and left eight others missing. These strikes happened despite the ruling that attacks on medical facilities are forbidden in conflict zones under international humanitarian law. The UN believes that either the Russian or Syrian governments are responsible for the strikes. The strikes happened just days after world powers agreed to cease hostilities in Syria this week.

U.S. TO BUILD NEW FACTORY IN CUBA - Havana, Cuba

The Obama administration has approved a new U.S. factory in Cuba, to be completed by early 2017. The factory, a tractor plant for farmers in Cuba, has been enthusiastically endorsed by Cuban officials. A two-man company from Alabama, led by partners Horace Clemmons and Saul Berenthal, will lead the project. This will be the first factory built by a U.S. Company in Cuba in over 50 years, since Fidel Castro took power in 1959. “I think it’ll have a tremendous impact on their ability not only to help their economy but to set an example across the Caribbean and Latin America,” Berenthal said.

SPITZER INVESTIGATED FOR ALLEGED ASSAULT - New York City, USA

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will be investigated by authorities for an alleged assault at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan on Saturday. Police say that a 25-year-old Russian woman made a claim that Spitzer pushed and choked her inside a room at the hotel. Spitzer has known the woman for the past two years, and the altercation was not sexual in nature. The woman was hospitalized for an attempted suicide that same night at Roosevelt Hospital. She will not press charges against the former governor. Spokeswoman Lisa Linden said that “there is No truth to the allegation” in a statement. Spitzer resigned as governor in 2008 in the wake of a prostitution scandal.

Stories compiled by Sarah Rowan; stories compiled from The Daily Beast

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