In the News this Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday January 17th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Myanmar And Bangladesh Agree To 2-Year Timeframe for Rohingya Return.
Myanmar has agreed to accept 1,500 Rohingya each week, Bangladesh says, adding that it aims to return all of them to Myanmar within two years.
More than 740,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh amid violence in Rakhine state in 2016 and 2017. Aid agencies have raised concerns about forcibly repatriating them.
Walmart Lays Off Thousands of Workers After Bonus Announcement.
Business Insider reported that Walmart is closing 63 Sam’s Club stores across the US. Many employees were not informed of the closings ahead of time.
This news comes after an announcement that the company will raise wages and provide bonuses of up to $1,000 to its employees as a result of the recent corporate tax cut. Walmart employees are eligible for the $1,000 bonus only if they’ve worked at the company for 20 years. Walmart has about 2.1 million employees, which works out to be an average bonus of about $190.
U.S. Withholds $65 Million From U.N. Relief Agency for Palestinians.
The Trump administration is withholding more than half the funding that the United States generally has provided to a United Nations agency that aids Palestinian refugees. This comes about two weeks after Donald Trump threatened to pull funding for the group.
Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said the United States would provide $60 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency but would withhold $65 million “for future consideration.”
Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation.
Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.
The move marked the first time Mr. Mueller is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of Mr. Trump’s inner circle.
Net Neutrality Update: Twenty-one states, the District of Columbia and several public interest groups filed the first major lawsuits Tuesday to block the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, marking the start of a high-stakes legal battle over the future of the Internet.
U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber to overturn the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s reversal of net neutrality rules.
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