In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Notre Dame Fire

Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


Donors Pledge More Than €700m To Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral.

A fire burned for several hours, destroying the 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral’s iconic spire and roof before firefighters contained the blaze. The church is a symbol of French culture, architecture and history.

French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild Notre Dame. In addition to Macron promising to launch an immediate fundraising campaign, French philanthropists pledged donations totaling 700 million euros to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Requests More Security for Ilhan Omar Following Trump’s 9/11 Attack.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that she believes President Trump’s recent Twitter attack on Representative Ilhan Omar has created “real danger” for the freshman congresswoman, and has asked Capitol Police to conduct a security assessment to “safeguard” Omar, her family, and her staff.

Omar, the first woman to wear a hijab in Congress, has faced regular death threats since taking office, particularly since her faith, outspoken politics, and controversial criticism of Israel’s U.S. lobbying efforts have made her a popular target on the American right.

According to Omar’s Federal Election Commission report, donors have rushed to show their support for the Minnesota Democrat by helping her raise more than $830,000 last quarter.



San Francisco Officials Propose Legislation To Close Juvenile Detention Center By 2021.

Members of the San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors introduced legislation, backed by six of the 11 supervisors, to close the youth detention center within three years and instead create programs to serve as “alternatives to incarceration” for youth who don’t need to be detained and a smaller rehabilitative “non-institutional” center for those who need to be in a facility by law.

The bill would create a 12-person working group, made up of officials from city agencies, juvenile justice experts and community members, who’d spend the next couple of years designing alternatives. It would also create a fund to redirect money previously allocated for the juvenile hall to community-based programs, mental health support and academic help for youths involved in the justice system.

The city’s public defender’s office and District Attorney have both come out in support of the measure.


Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir Is Ousted.

After four months of protest and dozens of deaths at the hands of the security forces, Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is ousted by the military.

The Transitional Military Council, said it was canceling a curfew announced days earlier and releasing all political prisoners. It added that the feared intelligence chief, Salah Gosh, whom the protesters deemed unacceptable, was stepping down.

The military and protesters have negotiated the shape of an interim government to steer the country until elections can take place.


Justice Department Announces Mueller Report To Be Released Thursday.

The Justice Department announced that it expects to release the redacted version of the Mueller Report Thursday morning, sending the findings of the nearly two-year probe to Congress and making them available to the public.

Portions of the report being released by the Justice Department will be redacted to protect grand jury material, sensitive intelligence, matters that could affect ongoing investigations and damage to the privacy rights of third parties, the attorney general has said.

Federal District Judge Reggie Walton expressed uncertainty about the redactions Attorney General William Barr is making to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and suggested he may want to review the Justice Department’s redactions for himself once versions of it are made public.

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