In the News This Week

by Debra Brown


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


The U.N. Warns We Have 12 Years to Limit Climate Change Catastrophe.

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

The authors of the report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) say urgent and unprecedented changes are needed to reach the target, which they say is affordable and feasible although it lies at the most ambitious end of the Paris agreement pledge to keep temperatures between 1.5C and 2C.


Nikki Haley to Resign as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

Nikki R. Haley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina, will resign at the end of the year. Nikki Haley was the first cabinet-level United Nations ambassador for a Republican administration since the end of the Cold War.

Donald Trump’s replacements include his former deputy national-security adviser, Dina Powell; the recently confirmed ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell; and his eldest daughter, Ivanka.


U.S. Student Detained In Israel.

Lara Alqasem, 22, whose father is of Palestinian heritage, was barred from entering the country and detained for a week. She was accused of supporting a boycott of Israel that was started by Palestinian leaders.

Alqasem was denied entry to Israel because of a 2017 law barring visitors who support or call for a boycott against the country or its settlements in the West Bank. She appealed the order, reportedly telling the Tel Aviv Court of Appeals that she no longer identified with the boycott movement.


Hurricane Michael Strengthened into a  Category 4 Storm to Hit Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

If it makes landfall as a Category 4, it’ll be the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle in recorded history. The National Weather Service described Hurricane Michael as “extremely dangerous”.

State officials issued mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders to 35 counties and activated 2,500 National Guardsmen on the Florida Gulf Coast. Tropical storm watches are in effect in some coastal areas of Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.


Jamal Khashoggi Went Missing in Saudi consulate Turkey Says Journalist Was Murdered.

Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since he went into the Istanbul consulate to obtain official divorce documents so he could marry a Turkish woman he had become engaged to. His fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, said she waited outside for him for hours but he did not emerge.

A Turkish official told the BBC that initial investigations indicated he was murdered there. Saudi Arabia has denied the accusations, saying it is “working to search for him”.


Elon Musk Donates $480K to Provide Flint Schools With Clean Water.

Tech billionaire Elon Musk has donated almost half-a-million dollars to Flint Community Schools to provide children with clean drinking water and safer fountains for students, according to a press release from the city.

The Tesla CEO tweeted that he would commit to funding the repair of “water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels”.


PH Credit: Fabrice Monteiro ‘untitled #1, 2014’


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