In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Palestinian Protests

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


Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem. 

Palestinian officials say at least 58 people have been killed in the latest round of protests. More than 2,700 Palestinian demonstrators were injured on Monday, at least 1,350 by gunfire along the border fence with Gaza, the Health Ministry reported.

The latest protests took place as the United States Embassy was formally relocated to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, on the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel. The demonstrations were originally meant to protest the economic blockade by Israel of Gaza.


North Korea Threatens to Cancel Trump Summit Over US Nuke Demands.

North Korea has threatened to abandon planned talks between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in June if Washington insists on pushing it “into a corner” on nuclear disarmament.

The warning by North Korea’s first vice foreign minister came hours after the country abruptly canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea to protest U.S.-South Korean military exercises.


82 Women Protested Gender Inequity in the Film Industry on the Red Carpet at Cannes.

At Cannes women protested gender inequity. Eighty two is the number of films by female directors (including seven in mixed-gender teams) that have premiered in competition at Cannes in its 71-year history. The protest was organized by a French movement called 5050×2020, which is calling for 50/50 gender equality in the French film industry by the year 2020.


The Supreme Court Struck Down the Law Prohibiting Sports Gambling.

The Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which prevented states from making their own regulations regarding sports gambling. States may now “sponsor, operate, advertise, promote, license, or authorize” sports betting.

The Sports leagues that were involved in the lawsuit, the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and NCAA say that gambling will increase the risk of corruption, which the leagues will need to prevent.


Paulette Jordan Wins Idaho Democratic Primary in Hope of Becoming Nation’s First Native American Governor.

Paulette Jordan is the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho. If she wins the general election, Jordan would not only be the first woman to serve as Idaho governor but also the first Native American woman to serve in that position in any state. The last Native American to hold a statewide office in Idaho was in 1990.


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