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.


More Than 1.4 Million Young People In More Than 100 Countries Took Part in School Strikes For Climate Action.

More than 1.4 million young people around the world took part in school strikes for climate action, according to environmental campaigners.

Children walked out of schools in 2,233 cities and towns in 128 countries, according to the Fridays for the Future website. Further strikes are planned for 15 April.

The student movement was inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, now nominated for a Nobel Prize, who kicked off a global movement after she sat outside Swedish parliament every Friday beginning last August.


50 Killed in Terrorist Attack on New Zealand Mosques.

Fifty people were killed and 50 others wounded in a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The terrorist, 28, has been charged with murder in connection to the attack on the two mosques. Two other’s were arrested in the immediate aftermath of the shootings. The suspect had posted a muddled, 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto online before the attacks.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that her cabinet has made an in-principle decision to tighten gun ownership in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosques massacre.

Islamic leaders and victims’ families have been discussing holding a burial for all victims.

Here’s a guide to help the victims of the shooting.


Illinois Supreme Court Denies Bid to Resentence Jason Van Dyke in Laquan McDonald Murder.

The Illinois Supreme Court denied a request by the state’s attorney general to resentence former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke in the murder of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Van Dyke, who is white, was convicted in the death of McDonald, 17, but was sentenced only “based on his conviction for second-degree murder and not the more serious charges of 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm,” a statement from the attorney general’s office said.


Dutch Authorities Have Arrested a Suspect For the Tram Shooting in Utrecht.

Gokmen Tanis, 37, has been arrested as a suspect for opening fire on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, killing three people and injuring five others. A second suspect has also been taken into custody.

Dutch authorities are considering “a possible terrorist motive” for the incident.


Cyclone Idai Hits the Southern Regions of Africa.

Southern Africa has been hit by widespread flooding affecting Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi said more than 1,000 people may have been killed after the cyclone hit the country last week.

In Zimbabwe, the government says 98 people have been killed and more than 200 are missing.

At least 1.7 million people were in the direct path of the cyclone in Mozambique and 920,000 have been affected in Malawi, the UN said.

Here’s how you can help.


Photo Credit: @thecut Luke Dray/Getty

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