In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

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


Nike Unveils Women’s World Cup 2019 Kits.

Nike has revealed the new home and away football kits for 14 national teams ahead of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

For the first time since Nike began working with the Women’s World Cup in 1995, each kit has been designed especially for the women’s teams, rather than as derivations of the uniforms made for men.

In Nike’s bid to be the “world’s most sustainable sports brand”, each national kit in the series is made of 12 recycled plastic bottles.

The Women’s World Cup 2019 is taking place between 7 June and 7 July. It follows last year’s FIFA World Cup 2018 where Nike designed kits for several of the teams.


Two Former Police Officers Have Been Arrested for Brazilian Activist Marielle Franco’s Murder.

Two former police officers were arrested in connection with the murder of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco, almost a year after her death.

The 38-year-old was born in a favela and served as the only black woman on Rio’s city council. She had protested against police brutality in favelas, and was involved in a 2008 state legislature inquiry into paramilitary gang activity, according to the Guardian.

Investigators did not confirm who ordered the killing or their motivations.


Dozens Charged Over Admissions Fraud at Top U.S. Schools.

US federal prosecutors have charged almost 50 other people including Hollywood actors and CEO’s, over a $25m scheme to help wealthy Americans buy their children’s way into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and the University of Southern California.

William Singer, 58, was charged by federal prosecutors in Boston with running the racketeering scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which served a roster of clients including chief executives and Hollywood actors.


Dozens Of Countries Ground Boeing’s 737 Max 8 Following Deadly Crash In Ethiopia.

Airline regulators across the globe are grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, joining an expanding list of countries banning the plane from their airspace. This comes in the wake of a deadly plane crash in Ethiopia that killed all 157 people on board. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The latest move came Tuesday from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) when it announced a suspension of two Boeing 737 Max models in all flights in the European bloc.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration does not plan to ground the jets in the United States but is facing pressure to do so.

Here is a full list of countries and airlines that have announced a ban.


Brexit Update: MPs Reject Theresa May’s Deal For a Second Time.

MPs voted down the prime minister’s deal by 149, a smaller margin than when they rejected it in January. There are 17 days to go until Brexit.

Mrs May said MPs will now get a vote on whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal and, if that fails, on whether Brexit should be delayed.


U.S. To Pull Diplomats Out Of Embassy In Venezuela Amid An Historic Blackout.

The United States plans to remove all diplomatic personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Twitter late Monday.

U.S. citizens and government personnel have been advised to avoid areas of demonstrations and large gatherings, which have taken place throughout Venezuela for weeks as President Nicolás Maduro faces pressure from a U.S.-backed coalition to step down. The U.S. and many other western countries back opposition candidate Juan Guaidó, who has been working to engender support for his claim to the presidency.

Venezuela is suffering a nationwide blackout that has potentially led to more than 20 deaths. For years engineers have been warning that Venezuela was sliding toward a prolonged blackout. Critics say the Guri Dam on the Caroni River basin has long needed updates and become vulnerable during periods of drought.

President Maduro has blamed the blackout on a cyber attack on the plant’s all-important electronic monitoring system, though engineers who have worked on the dam say they don’t believe that.

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