In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday March 6th 2019
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Brazilians Demand Answers for Marielle Franco’s Murder at Rio Carnival.
Nearly a year after the still-unsolved murder of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman and LGBT activist Marielle Franco, Brazilians have used their country’s annual carnival to demand answers.
Franco, who was born and raised in one of Rio’s largest favelas, was gunned down on 14 March last year as she returned home from a debate with her driver, Anderson Gomes, who was also killed. She was 38. Rio’s governor recently claimed police were closing in on those responsible, but no arrests have been made.
David Miranda, a lawmaker from Franco’s Socialism and Liberty party who took part in Monday’s pageant, said, “We want to remind the world that a political crime was committed in Brazil and this crime has still not been solved. We need the world to keep paying attention to the situation to help us solve it.”
H.I.V. Is Reported Cured in a Second Patient, a Milestone in the Global AIDS Epidemic.
For just the second time since the global epidemic began, a patient appears to have been cured of infection with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. Both milestones resulted from bone-marrow transplants given to infected patients. But the transplants were intended to treat cancer in the patients, not H.I.V.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s top HIV/AIDS doctors, cautioned that the highly publicized case of the so-called London Patient does not mean a widely available cure is on the horizon anytime soon.
Fauci, who is helping to lead a national plan for ending new HIV infections by 2030, said what is important at present is connecting more people living with HIV to antiretroviral treatment. “What we need to do is get access to therapy for people who don’t have access,” he said.
US to End Preferential Trade Status For India and Turkey.
Washington “intends to terminate India’s and Turkey’s designations as beneficiary developing countries under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme because they no longer comply with the statutory eligibility criteria,” the Office of the US Trade Representative said in a statement.
Under the GSP programme, “certain products” can enter the US duty-free if countries meet eligibility criteria including “providing the US with equitable and reasonable market access”.
India has failed to provide assurances that it would allow required market access, while Turkey is “sufficiently economically developed” that it no longer qualifies, the statement said.
Stephon Clark: Justice Department Opens Civil Rights Inquiry Into Deadly Police Shooting.
Federal prosecutors are opening a civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Stephon Clark, the unarmed 22-year-old who was gunned down in his grandmother’s backyard by police last March.
The announcement by the US attorney’s office and the FBI came hours after the California attorney general, Xavier Becerra, he wouldnot file criminal charges against the two California police officers identified in the shooting.
According to an official autopsy, Clark was shot seven times, including three times into the back. An independent autopsy found he was shot eight times.
After a two hour march protesting the decision, more than 80 people were arrested.
House Democrats Take 1st Step to Obtain Trump’s Tax Returns.
House Democrats will take their first step toward obtaining President Donald Trump’s personal tax returns, convening a hearing Thursday to examine legislative proposals and laws dictating the process to acquire the documents.
The Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight will meet to hear testimony from experts on tax law, including a 1924 measure that allows the chairman of the exclusive tax-writing panel to privately examine anyone’s tax returns. A majority vote from the committee would be required to publicly release the returns, if obtained.
Trump Organization’s Insurance Records Subpoenaed by NY Financial Regulator.
A state regulator has subpoenaed an insurance provider for The Trump Organization, opening a new front in the widening investigations focused on President Donald Trump, his business, family, and White House administration.
The New York regulator is part of the administration of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a frequent Trump critic. The Department of Financial Services oversees all insurance companies that do business in New York, as well as many banks, credit unions and consumer credit reporting agencies.
The regulator does not have review authority over Trump or his business, nor does it have prosecutorial power. However, the regulator can refer findings to law enforcement authorities.
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