In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

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

Smithsonian Institution Names First African American Leader In 172-year History.
The first African American to head the Smithsonian Institution was elected by the collection of museums’ board of regents, the organization announced in a statement.
Lonnie G. Bunch III was elected as the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, which maintains more than a dozen museum and galleries, as well as the National Zoo. Bunch previously served as the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
His appointment makes him the first historian to hold the position and the first museum director to serve as secretary in 74 years, according to the Institution.

First Opioid Trial Begins With Oklahoma vs. Johnson & Johnson. 
The first case of many of litigation against opioid drug manufacturers began in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s suit alleges Johnson & Johnson, the nation’s largest drugmaker, helped ignite a public health crisis that has killed thousands of state residents.
Oklahoma has the second highest uninsured rate in the nation and little money for public health. The state is trying to win money from the drug companies to pay for treatment.

Malaysia Will Ship Back Tons Of Plastic Waste To Foreign Nations.
Malaysia will send back almost 3,000 metric tonnes of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries including the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom in a move to avoid becoming a “dumping ground” for rich nations.
Yeo Bee Yin, minister of energy, science, technology, environment and climate change in Malaysia, said the plastic was shipped from the US, the UK, Australia, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, the Netherlands and Singapore.
Yeo said Malaysia, and many developing countries, have become new targets after China banned the import of plastic waste last year.
A recent Greenpeace report found that during the first seven months of 2018, plastic waste exported from the US to Malaysia more than doubled compared to the previous year.

European Union Elections: Europe’s Populist and Greens Groups Win Big. 
Parties of the center-right and center-left lost seats to smaller, more passionate parties like the Greens and a variety of populist groups. Populists and euroskeptic parties increased their share of seats to 25 percent, up from about 20 percent five years ago, they did well in Italy, Hungary and Poland.
Europe’s Greens, will use their newfound leverage in a fractured parliament to push an agenda of urgent climate action, social justice and civil liberties, the movement’s leaders say.
Voter turnout surpassed 50 percent, the highest since 1994 and the first time since voting began in 1979 that turnout has not dropped from the previous election.

Theresa May to Resign as U.K. Prime Minister.
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation. She plans to step down as the leader of the Conservative Party on June 7.
May will stay in office as a lame duck prime minister until her party chooses her successor.

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