In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday May 15th 2019
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Alabama Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Nearly All Abortions.
The Alabama Senate passed a bill to ban nearly all abortions. The state House had already approved the legislation. It’s part of a broader anti-abortion strategy to prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the right to abortion.
It would be one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the United States. The bill would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions at any stage of a pregnancy, unless a woman’s life is threatened or in case of a lethal fetal anomaly or serious pregnancy risk.
Doctors in the state would face felony jail time up to 99 years if convicted. But a woman would not be held criminally liable for having an abortion. There are no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.
The ACLU says, “Abortion is still legal in all 50 states.” They will sue to make sure these laws never go into effect.
San Francisco Becomes First Major City To Approve Ban On Government’s Use Of Facial Recognition Technology.
San Francisco has become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition technology by police and city agencies. The city’s Board of Supervisors voted 8-1.
The ordinance also requires city departments to disclose any surveillance technologies they currently use or plan to use, and to spell out policies regarding them that the Board of Supervisors must then approve. The ban does not affect personal, business or federal government use of facial recognition technology.
U.S. Prepares To Add Tariffs On Additional $300B Of Imported Chinese Goods
China has said it will raise tariffs on $60bn of US goods from 1 June, extending a bilateral trade war. The move comes after the US more than doubled tariffs on $200bn of Chinese imports.
Items affected include beef, lamb and pork products, vegetables, fruit juice, cooking oil, tea and coffee.
Trump also directed the US trade department “to begin the process of raising tariffs on essentially all remaining imports from China”, estimated to be valued at around $300bn.
Sudan Army And Protesters Agree On Three-year Transition Period.
Sudan’s military leaders who seized power by overthrowing longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir have agreed with opposition groups to a three-year transition period to transfer power to a fully civilian administration, a general has announced.
Thousands of protesters have been holding a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, for weeks, demanding that the army generals, who took power after toppling al-Bashir , step down.
Donald Trump Jr. Agrees To Testimony in June With Senate Intelligence Committee.
Donald Trump, Jr. and the Senate Intelligence Committee have reached a deal to appear before the committee behind closed doors in mid-June.
The agreement for Trump Jr.’s testimony comes after the committee issued a subpoena last month.
Donald Trump Jr. would be required to answer questions about discrepancies between his past testimony and what other witnesses have told both the Senate committee and special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
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