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. 


Toronto Van Driver Kills 10 People and Injures 14.

Alek Minassian, 25, plowed into pedestrians along a stretch of more than a mile. Ten people were killed by the van, which the police said Mr. Minassian had rented that morning. The suspect was charged in a Toronto court with 10 counts of first degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder. Moments before his deadly rampage, Mr. Minassian posted a hostile message toward women on Facebook according to accounts by the police and his acquaintances.


Mass Shooting in Tennessee, the Second Time in Six Months for Tennessee Community.

Travis Reinking was armed with an assault-style rifle when he stormed into a local Waffle House, killing four people and injuring two. The heroism of James Shaw Jr. ended the deadly shooting.

The shooting happened almost 7 months after a gunman entered an Antioch church with two pistols. The sites of both shootings are just 2 miles down the road from each other.


Federal Judge Rules U.S. Must Resume DACA and Accept New Applications.

Judge John D. Bates of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the protections that shield some undocumented young adults from deportation must stay in place and that the government must resume accepting new applications. The ruling was the third in recent months against the Trump administration’s rollback of DACA. Neither of those previous decisions required the government to accept new applications.

The judge stayed his decision for 90 days and gave the Department of Homeland Security, which administers the program, the opportunity to better explain its reasoning for canceling it. If the department fails to do so, it “must accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications,” Judge Bates said in the decision.


Kabul Voter Center Suicide Attack Kills 57.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 57 people and wounded dozens outside a voter registration centre in Kabul, in an attack claimed by Islamic State. The public health ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said another 54 people were wounded in Sunday’s attack.

The area that was attacked is heavily populated by members of Afghanistan’s Shia Muslim minority, who have been targeted by IS for their religion in the past.


The Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments in a Case Over the Travel Ban.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case challenging the travel ban as discriminatory and unconstitutional. Trump administration lawyers insist the ban, in full effect since early December, is a national security necessity.

The ban, issued in September, restricts travel from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and Yemen. Chad, originally on the list, was removed earlier this month.


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