In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday December 13th 2017
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Special Election.
Doug Jones has won the Alabama special election. He is the first Democrat in the state elected to the US Senate in more than 20 years. The victory shaved the Senate Republican majority to a single seat.
Jones, 63, is a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klan members for the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham Baptist church, which killed four girls. The bombers were not tried until the 1990’s.
Bomber Strikes Near Times Square, Disrupting City but Killing None.
A would-be suicide attacker detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body in the heart of Manhattan’s busiest subway corridor on Monday. The makeshift weapon failed to fully detonate, and the attacker himself was the only one seriously injured in the blast, which unfolded just before 7:20 a.m.
Law enforcement officials said the attacker, identified by the police as Akayed Ullah, 27, chose the location because of its Christmas-themed posters, a motive that recalled strikes in Europe, and he told investigators that he set off his bomb in retaliation for United States airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria and elsewhere.
Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital and Orders U.S. Embassy to Move.
Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.
Palestinians see East Jerusalem, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967, as the capital of their future state. There were reactions around the world from protests to the Arab League and members of the U.N condemning the move.
Ex-South Carolina Cop Michael Slager Gets 20 years for Walter Scott Killing.
Michael Slager, the former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in federal prison. “This is an historic day for civil rights, in particular for officer-involved shootings,” said Chris Stewart, one of the Scott family’s attorneys, at a press conference following the sentencing.
Trump Sexual Misconduct Accusations Repeated by Several Women.
Several women who came forward during the 2016 campaign to accuse Donald J. Trump of sexual misconduct renewed their allegations publicly on Monday, betting that recently aggressive attitudes against harassment will give their stories new life and demanding that Congress investigate the president’s actions.
On Monday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, added her name to a short list of Democratic lawmakers who have called on Mr. Trump to resign because of the sexual misconduct accusations lodged against him.
Donald Trump responded with a direct tweet about the senator.
Daca Update: Here are Four Possible DACA Options Before March 2018.
President Donald Trump has left it to Congress to figure out what to do with the nearly 700,000 dreamers who are able to legally live and work in the US under DACA.
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