In the News This Week

by Tamu McPherson


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


Military Trial Opens For 17-Year-Old Palestinian Activist.

Tamimi was arrested and indicted following a public outcry in Israeli when a video of her altercation with the soldiers posted by her mother went viral.

Tamimi is indicted on 12 counts, including assaulting an Israeli officer, and for five additional events in which she allegedly assaulted Israeli forces, threw rocks at them, threatened them, obstructed them during their duties, and participated in riots and incited others to do so. She could face several months or years in jail if convicted.


White House Proposes $4.4 Trillion Budget That Adds $7 Trillion to Deficits.

Donald Trump sent Congress a $4.4 trillion budget proposal outlining steep cuts to domestic programs, large increases in military spending and the federal deficit.

The White House budget request would add $984 billion to the federal deficit next year, despite proposed cuts to programs like Medicare, HUD, and food stamps and despite leaner budgets across federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency.


A.N.C. Tells Jacob Zuma to Step Down as South Africa’s President.

Top leaders of South Africa’s governing party ordered President Jacob Zuma to step down, saying that his continued presence was eroding the “renewed hope” felt since the election of new party leaders in December.

The confrontation between Mr. Zuma and A.N.C. leaders heightened a power struggle within the party that has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid and has become less known for its heroic past than for widespread corruption and mismanagement. The power struggle has paralyzed South Africa, which has the continent’s largest economy.


FBI Director Contradicts White House’s Porter Timeline. 

FBI Director Chris Wray upended the White House’s timeline about when it learned of domestic violence allegations leveled against former aide Rob Porter.

Wray testified Tuesday that the FBI repeatedly briefed the White House on its investigation into the aide last year, despite how the White House has presented their timeline.


Shaun White Makes History With Gold Medal Win In Halfpipe.

American snowboarder Shaun White has won Winter Olympics gold for a historic third time in the snowboarding halfpipe, with a 97.75 score in his final run and becoming the first person to win a trio of gold medals in the sport.

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