News on The Go: Feb. 20, 2013

Maura Zurick

Eight gunmen stole precious stones worth at least $50 million at Brussels’ international airport. The stones, mostly diamonds, were from the Antwerp diamond district. The thieves used machine guns but never fired a shot, nor did they injure anyone during the heist. The gems were transported to the airport in an armored car, but the thieves took the gems from the cargo hold of the Swiss flight that was intended to bring them to Zurich. The investigation is ongoing.

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Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced his resignation Tuesday after a failed attempt to see the country out of its political crisis. The resignation is said to cause more political instability. In January of 2011, Tunisians started the Arab Spring revolutions after overthrowing their dictator. Jebali said he is doing what’s best for the country.

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Drug overdose deaths are on the rise for the 11th straight year, according to federal data. Most of those deaths were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite more information regarding risks of those medications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drugs are more of an issue than illegal narcotics, and in 2010, there were 38,329 drug overdose deaths nationwide. That number has increased since then; however, the exact count is still being recorded.

The Academy Award-nominated film “Zero Dark Thirty,” which is about the Navy SEALs hunt for Osama bin Laden, will not play in Pakistani theaters any time soon. Pakistan plays a key role in the film because that is where bin Laden was discovered and killed. Pakistanis, who have seen the film online or on DVD, stated there are many factual errors. All films shown at cinemas in Pakistan have to be approved by a censor board. The board has made no comment in regards to “Zero Dark Thirty” at this time.

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