In the News This Week
Tamu McPherson | Wednesday June 13th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Spain Offers To Take in 629 Migrants Aboard Rescue Ship After Italy and Malta Refuse.
Spain offered to take in a rescue ship carrying more than 600 migrants after Italy and Malta refused. The diplomatic standoff left the migrants stranded in the Mediterranean Sea. Among the 629 migrants there were more than 120 children, seven pregnant women and people suffering from hypothermia.
Spain’s new prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, ordered authorities in Valencia to open the port, saying, “It’s our duty to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe and offer a secure port for these people.”
New York City Settles for More Than $2 Billion Over NYCHA Living Conditions.
Under the settlement, the city will provide $1.2 billion of capital funding to the New York City Housing Authority over the next five years and an additional $1 billion in capital funds above what the city has budgeted over a four-year period. Once that money has been spent, the city has also agreed to pay an additional $200 million per year until the problems are considered fixed and the consent decree is no longer deemed necessary.
A consent decree hammered out with Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman also calls for a court-appointed monitor who will oversee the work to ensure it gets done.
14-Year-Old Tennis Player Becomes Youngest Girls Champion in 24 Years.
Cori “Coco” Gauff became the youngest woman to win the junior title at Roland Garros since 1994. Gauff at 14 years old becomes the fifth-youngest to win the title in the history of the French Open.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Sign An Agreement On Denuclearization.
Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
A Federal Judge Approves the $85 Billion Merger Between AT&T and Time Warner.
A federal judge ruled against DOJ and approved AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. The deal will unite Time Warner’s TV shows and movies with AT&T’s enormous distribution system, including cell phone and satellite networks.
The judge, Richard J. Leon of United States District Court in Washington, said the Justice Department had not proved that the telecom company’s acquisition of Time Warner would lead to fewer choices for consumers and higher prices for television and internet services.
With net neutrality rules gone, AT&T can give priority to their own movies and TV shows, while hurting rivals.
Supreme Court Upholds Ohio Method of Removing Names From Voter Rolls.
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Ohio’s method of removing names from its voter rolls does not violate federal law. Ohio law allows the state to send address confirmation notices to voters who have not engaged in voter activity for two years. If a voter returns the notice through prepaid mail, or responds online, the information is updated. If the notice is ignored and the voter fails to update a registration over the next four years, the registration is canceled. At least six other states have similar laws.