In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday July 25th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
DIY 3D-printed Guns Get Go-ahead After Trump Administration Strikes Court Deal.
The United States last month agreed to allow a Texas man to distribute online instruction manuals for a pistol that could be made by anyone with access to a 3-D printer.
Cody Wilson sued the government in 2015 after the State Department forced him to take down the instructions because they violated export laws. The case was settled on June 29. The settlement states that 3-D printing tutorials are approved “for public release (i.e. unlimited distribution) in any form.” From August 1, the commercially available software blueprint will be available.
Here is a script from Everytown to email Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to urge him to stop the release of downloadable DIY 3D gun files.
Greek Wildfires Kill At Least 74 People.
Fire officials in Greece say at least 74 people have died from fast-moving wildfires near Athens. At least six major fires continue to burn in Greece, the national fire service says. Other areas hit by fire include the island of Crete. In addition to those killed, 164 adults and 23 children were injured, according to the fire service.
In a 24-hour period, 47 new fires broke out, though all but four were quickly extinguished, said Stavroula Maliri, a spokeswoman for the national fire service. Officials have suggested the current blazes may have been started by arsonists looking to loot abandoned homes.
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NFL and Players Put National Anthem Protest Policy on Hold.
The NFL’s two-month old national anthem policy is on hold. The NFL rule that was passed forbid players from sitting or taking a knee if they are on the field or sidelines during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but allowed them to stay in the locker room if they wish. The NFL started requiring players to be on the field for the anthem in 2009, the year it signed a marketing deal with the military.
Man Arrested in California Bart Train Stabbing.
John Lee Cowell, 27, has been arrested for fatally stabbing Nia Wilson, 18, and wounding her sister Letifah Wilson, 26, on a California train, in what appeared to be a random attack, officials say. Here is everything you need to know about the murder of Nia Wilson from Refinery 29.
Israel Approves A Controversial Bill.
Israel’s parliament has passed a controversial law called “The Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People”, characterizing the country as principally a Jewish state. The “nation state” law says Jews have a unique right to national self-determination there and singles out Hebrew as the “state’s language”, effectively prioritising it above Arabic which has for decades been recognized as an official language alongside Hebrew.
The EU joined Israeli Arab political leaders, Israeli opposition politicians and liberal Jewish groups in the US in flagging up concern, with some saying the law amounted to “apartheid”.