In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday October 3rd 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Brazil Sees Black Female Candidates Surge After Murder of Marielle Franco.
An unprecedented number of black women have registered to run for office in Brazil. As well as choosing a new president next Sunday, 7 October, Brazilians will also elect 513 congresspeople, 54 senators and more than 1,000 state legislators.
Black women are 28% of the population – Brazil’s largest demographic group – they only hold 2% of seats in congress. Many are campaigning with the slogan, “Marielle presente”.
Following a Tsunami and an Earthquake in Indonesia, Death Toll Rises Sharply.
Indonesians faced the fifth day with little food or clean drinking water and the official death toll rose to 1,234, Indonesia’s national disaster agency said; following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and a tsunami that brought water as high as 20 feet over the city of Palu.
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U.S. Halts Visas For Diplomats’ Same-Sex Partners If They’re Not Married.
The State Department has reversed its visa requirements for same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and the staff of U.S.-based international organizations. They implemented a policy denying visas to such partners if they’re not legally married.
Previously, under a policy instituted in 2009 under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “domestic partners” were considered members of the family and eligible for a G-4 visa.
F.B.I. to End Kavanaugh Inquiry Soon, With Vote Coming This Week.
Donald Trump ordered an investigation into Judge Kavanaugh, after Mr. Flake, Ms. Collins and Ms. Murkowski decided they would refuse to allow Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to move forward without one. Once the bureau finishes its work, the results of its interviews will be shared with the Senate.
USMCA, The New Trade Deal Between The US, Canada, and Mexico Replaces NAFTA.
The US and Canada struck a deal on trade and announced the framework for a new, revised NAFTA — now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. The three countries reached a consensus after more than a year of talks.
Headlining items from the new agreement include, labor provisions, country of origin rules and intellectual property protections.