In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday February 13th 2019
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up speed on world news.
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Welcomes A Border Security Deal.
U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell welcomed a border security deal to fund the Department of Homeland Security and said he hoped the Senate can act quickly on the legislation to avoid another government shutdown.
The compromise needs to be written into legislation, both chambers of Congress need to pass it, and the president needs to sign it, all before Friday to avoid another government shutdown.
It’s funding is for the detention of immigrants, both those apprehended at the border and those arrested within the United States by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The new deal is an attempt to get ICE to detain fewer people, without setting a firm cap on the number of people ICE can detain at any given time after arresting them in the United States.
National Debt Tops $22 Trillion For the First Time in U.S. History.
The U.S. national debt has topped $22 trillion for the first time in history, according to daily figures released by the Treasury Department. The debt has ballooned by more than $2 trillion in the two years since Donald Trump took office in January 2017, when the debt stood at $19.9 trillion. Under the Obama administration, the national debt grew from $10.6 trillion to $19.9 trillion. The level of debt as a share of GDP had reached its highest levels since World War II.
Venezuela’s Opposition Leader Guaidó Sets Deadline For Aid To Come In As Thousands Rally.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó sets a deadline for humanitarian aid to enter the country. Guaidó said he is mobilizing caravans to get the food and medicine from across the border in Colombia. He also announced a second collection of aid across the border in Brazil.
Tens of thousands protested in cities across the country demanding President Nicolas Maduro allow the aid into Venezuela. Maduro has said the aid is part of a larger effort to topple him. The armed forces have blocked the bridge that connects Colombia to Venezuela.
Here is a timeline of the political crisis in Venezuela.
Trial Against Catalan Separatist Leaders Starts in Madrid.
A dozen people who helped lead Catalonia’s failed secession bid more than a year ago entered the supreme court in Madrid to face charges including rebellion, criminal organization and the misappropriation of public funds.
In October 2017 Catalonian voters declared independence from Spain by an overwhelming majority. Madrid deemed the vote illegal and dissolved the Catalan Parliament, imposing direct rule on what had been a semi-autonomous region.
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Has Been Found Guilty In Trial.
After a long trial held under heightened security at the federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., a jury has found Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, one of the world’s most notorious drug kingpins who led Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, guilty on all 10 counts related to drug trafficking. The cartel reportedly built some 90 tunnels between Mexico and the United States.
It included testimony from more than 50 witnesses, many of whom described Guzmán’s use of violence against his enemies.
Other charges included using firearms and manufacturing and distributing cocaine, heroin and other drugs. His sentencing is scheduled for June 25. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard Donoghue, said it “will bring a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.”
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