American Cancer Survivor Makes History Swimming English Channel 4 Times + More News

by Debra Brown

Sarah Thomas

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


American Cancer Survivor Makes History Swimming English Channel 4 Times + More News

Sarah Thomas, an open water marathon swimmer from Colorado, who was treated for breast cancer a year ago has become the first person to swim across the English Channel four times non-stop. The swim was due to be about 80 miles but because of strong tides, Thomas ended up swimming closer to 130 miles.

Thomas swam from England to France and back, twice, in just over 54 hours. Thomas completed treatment for breast cancer in summer 2018 and dedicated her record-breaking Channel swim to other survivors.


NYC gives its 1.1 million students permission to skip class for the climate strike

New York City’s 1.1 million school students will be excused from class to participate in the global climate strike protests that are scheduled for September 20. Guidance sent to schools by the city’s Department of Education advised that any student attending the protest, with parental consent, will have their absence excused.

Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg is one of the speakers. Thunberg shared the news of the excused absences on Facebook, challenging other governments to do the same.


Nearly 50,000 General Motors workers are on strike 

Nearly 50,000 GM auto workers are now on strike. From Georgia to Michigan, outside more than 50 US factories, they are picketing around the clock, venting their anger over the company’s recent decisions. They are demanding, among other things, that GM keep jobs in the US and reopen its idled factories.


Israel goes to the polls for the second time this year

Netanyahu, who became Israel’s longest-serving prime minister in July, is seeking a record fifth term in office. He is competing against his toughest challenger in years, former army chief Benny Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party. According to the first round of exit polls, Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition bloc have failed to secure the 61 seat majority they needed.

This is the second time Israel has gone to the polls this year. Netanyahu appeared to narrowly beat Gantz in an April election, but he failed to form a government and so forced a repeat vote to give himself another chance.

Mr. Netanyahu declared he would “apply Israeli sovereignty” in the Jordan Valley if he won. Gantz accused his political opponent of stealing his idea. The announcement amounted to a promise to effectively annex 30% of the occupied West Bank, which Palestinians want to be part of a future state.

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