In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday December 26th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Death Toll Climbs Past 400 in Indonesia Tsunami Disaster.
A tsunami hit the Indonesian islands without warning and has passed 400 deaths with more than 1,400 people injured. The tsunami may have been caused by an underwater landslide. An eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano may have triggered the landslide. In the past year, the country has experienced a number of devastating natural disasters. In August, a series of earthquakes struck the island of Lombok killing more than 500 people. The following month, more than 2,000 people were killed after an earthquake and tsunami in the city of Palu.
8 Year-Old Migrant Child From Guatemala Dies in U.S. Custody.
An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in United States custody according to the United States Customs and Border Protection. The boy died at a hospital in Alamogordo, N.M., where he and his father had been taken after a Border Patrol agent saw what appeared to be signs of sickness, according to a news release from the agency. The cause of death is not known, but an internal review will be conducted, according to the agency. It also said that it had notified the government of Guatemala. The boy’s death comes just weeks after a 7-year-old girl from the same country died in Border Patrol custody.
Donald Trump Insists Shutdown Will Not End Unless Congress Funds Border Wall.
Donald Trump said the partial shutdown of the federal government was going to last until his demand for funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is met. Democrats oppose spending any money on a wall or fence, pushing instead for increased use of technology to control access at the border. Donald Trump promised to make Mexico pay for the border wall. Mexico has refused.
Anti-Government Protests Grow Violent in Sudan.
Sudan has had a wave of anti-government protests. The protests started over the rising costs of bread and fuel, but have since widened to call for the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir. Officials blame the protests on “infiltrators”. On Sunday, Sudan’s official news agency SUNA reported that authorities had arrested a “cell of saboteurs”, which had planned “acts of vandalism in the capital”. Amnesty International called for the immediate release of those arrested, and for the government to restore the internet and “respect the people’s right to information”.