Week in Review – Girl Missing, US Withdrawal from UN and Akon City

Girl Missing in Leipzig

A 28 year old student was reported missing last week by her family, when she failed to get back to her home town as scheduled.

28 year old Sophia a student in the city of Leipzig was last seen on Thursday when she left Leipzig to hitchhike to her home town of Amberg in northern Bavaria. She reportedly rode the S- bahn from Leipzig to the neighboring town Schkeuditz where she was seen talking to people and asking for a ride.

According to the police, Sophia was seen getting into a blue truck at 6 pm and has not been seen ever since. Investigating teams have searched the woods near the A9 autobahn in Bavaria, but no signs of the girl just yet.

Police believe that the 28 year old has been killed and have since arrested a man in Spain on suspicion of murder.

Family and friends still hold hope for her return, and have created various social media accounts and posters in different languages in attempts to find Sophia.

missing (ˈmɪsɪŋ) – vermisst
scheduled (ˈskɛʤʊld)  – geplant
hitchhike (ˈhɪʧˌhaɪk)  – trampen
ride (raɪd)  – die Mitfahrgelegenheit
truck (trʌk) – der Lastkraftwagen
woods  (wʊdz)  – die Wälder
signs (saɪnz)  – das Anzeichen
arrested (əˈrɛstəd)  – festgenommen
suspicion (səˈspɪʃən)  – der Verdacht
murder (ˈmɜrdər) – der Mord
hope (hoʊp) – die Hoffnung
poster  (ˈpoʊstərz) – die Plakate
attempts (əˈtɛmpts)  – die Versuche

US withdraws from UN

The Trump administration announced its withdrawal from the United Nations human rights council on Tuesday claiming it has a political bias against Israel.

Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the UN, said Tuesday at the State Department in Washington, “For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias”. Haley said that the decision was made because the United States respects human rights and it will no longer be part of what she claims is hypocrisy in the Council, given than many of its current members including China, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have poor human rights records themselves.

The Geneva based council which was created in 2006 with 47 members began its session on Monday talking about President Donald Trump’s immigration policy by the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, he called the policy “unconscionable.” given that it is separating children from parents who are illegally crossing the borders.

administration  (ædˌmɪnɪˈstreɪʃən) – die Verwaltung
withdrawal (wɪðˈdrɔəl) – der Rücktritt
bias (ˈbaɪəs)  – die Tendenz
protector (prəˈtɛktər)  – der Beschützer
abusers (əˈbjuzərz)  – die Peiniger
cesspool (ˈsɛˌspul) – die Senkgrube
hypocrisy (hɪˈpɑkrəsi) – die Heuchelei
records (rəˈkɔrdz) – die Aufzeichnungen
session (ˈsɛʃən)  – die Tagung
immigration (ˌɪməˈgreɪʃən) – die Einwanderung
commissioner (kəˈmɪʃənər) – der Kommissar
unconscionable (ənˈkɑnʃənəbəl) – unzumutbar

Akon City

Singer Akon says he is planning on releasing a new cryptocurrency; a digital form of currency named after himself, called Akoin.

The singer spoke at the Cannes Lions Festival on Monday, where he said that he believed cryptocurrency could be “the savior of Africa”.

Akon also announced that he is planning on building a crypto city in Senegal named after himself, which he claims would be a real-life Wakanda.

The Akoin’s official website says that the singer has been gifted 2000 acres of land by the president of Senegal to build the city.

Akon Crypto City will be “a short drive” from Dakar, the capital of Senegal. The singer promises the city will have a futuristic environment just like Wakanda from Marvel’s Black Panther. He claims that the Akoin system will enable people to buy, hold and spend cryptocurrency straight from their smartphones.

currency (ˈkɜrənsi) – die Währung
savior (ˈseɪvjər) – der Erlöser
claims (kleɪmz) – etw. behaupten
official (əˈfɪʃəl) – offiziell
gifted (ˈgɪftəd) – etw. verschenken
capital (ˈkæpətəl) – die Hauptstadt
futuristic (ˌfjuʧəˈrɪstɪk) – futuristisch
environment (ɪnˈvaɪrənmənt) – das Umfeld
enable (ɛˈneɪbəl) – ermöglichen
spend  (spɛnd) – etw. ausgeben