In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Eritrea and Ethiopia

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


Ethiopia and Eritrea Declare an End to Their War. 

Ethiopia and Eritrea on Monday formally declared an end to their “state of war,” a two-decade-long standoff that followed a brutal war over their shared border.

The leaders of the two nations said the countries would resume trade, economic and diplomatic ties, including reopening embassies and restarting flights. Ethiopia has formally submitted a request to the United Nations to lift a decade-old sanctions imposed on Eritrea.

More than 80,000 people had died in the war and Eritreans were among the largest group of people migrating to Europe from the Mediterranean.


Trump Administration Falls Short on First Family Reunification Deadline.

The Trump administration was only able to reunite fewer than half of the eligible separated migrant families by a court-ordered deadline. Many were detained and separated from family as a byproduct of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy.

The children who are addressed under the Tuesday deadline are all under age 5 and have been held by the government for weeks or months after being separated from their parents at the border.

Just under half of those eligible will be reunited on time, and they’re just a fraction of the thousands of young immigrants still in custody apart from their parents.


Brett Kavanaugh Is Donald Trump’s Pick for Supreme Court. 

Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, potentially cementing the court’s rightward tilt for a generation.

Justice Kennedy, who is retiring, held the swing vote in many closely divided cases on issues like abortion, affirmative action, gay rights and the death penalty.

Kavanaugh recently commented that sitting presidents should not be subjected to criminal investigations.


Reuters Journalists Who Reported on Rohingya Massacre to Face Trial in Myanmar. 

The two journalists were in Myanmar reporting on a massacre of members of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. The men pleaded not guilty to breaking the Official Secrets Act — a law rarely prosecuted since its institution in 1923, back when Myanmar was still known as Burma under British colonial rule. It carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

The two Reuters journalists had been investigating the Sept. 2 massacre of 10 Rohingya men, when they were arrested late last year. Prosecutors say the journalists illegally obtained confidential government documents in the course of their reporting. The military admitted that the atrocity took place and Reuters later published the story while the reporters were in prison.


NFL Players Union Files Grievance Over League’s New National Anthem Policy.

The NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that it has filed a grievance against the league “on behalf of all players.”

“The union’s claim is that this new policy, imposed by the NFL’s governing body without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights,” the group explained in a statement.


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