In the News This Week

by Debra Brown
Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Hate Crime Charges Filed in Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting That Left 11 Dead.
Federal prosecutors have filed hate crime charges against a Pennsylvania man that opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue and killed 11 people. The attack is believed to be the deadliest on the Jewish community in US history, the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement.
Robert Bowers, 46, surrendered to authorities after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. He made anti-Semitic statements during the shooting and targeted Jews on social media, according to a federal law enforcement official.
Ethiopia Appoints Its First Female President.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, Africa’s second most-populous country, filled half of his new cabinet with women. Sahle-Work Zewde was unanimously approved by the Ethiopian parliament to replace Mulatu Teshome, who resigned unexpectedly a day earlier.
Sahle-Work Zewde, 68, a seasoned diplomat has held positions in the United Nations and worked in peacekeeping operations in Africa.
Killing of Two at Kentucky Supermarket is Being Investigated As A Hate Crime.
Gregory Bush, 51, was charged with killing two African-Americans at a Kroger Supermarket in Kentucky after trying to enter a predominantly African-American church, police say. Federal investigators are looking into the fatal shootings as “potential civil rights violations such as hate crimes,” Russell Coleman, the U.S. attorney for the Western district of Kentucky, said in a statement.
Florida Man Charged With Sending 13 Pipe Bombs to Trump Critics.
An avowed Donald Trump supporter in Florida was charged on Friday with sending pipe bombs to critics of the president, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Three bombs were confirmed by authorities when charges were brought, bringing to 13 the number known to have been sent. None exploded before being found and no injuries were reported.
Donald Trump Is Targeting Birthright Citizenship With Executive Order.
Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. soil.
He has run the idea of ending birthright citizenship by his counsel and plans to proceed.
The 14th Amendment holds that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.” Most legal scholars say the Supreme Court more than a century ago, settled that “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” refers to anyone present in the U.S., except for the children of diplomats and enemy soldiers (and, at the time, Native Americans).
Jair Bolsonaro Declared Brazil’s Next President.
A far-right, pro-gun, pro-torture populist has been elected as Brazil’s next president after a deeply divisive election. Jair Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old former paratrooper who built his campaign around pledges to crush corruption, crime and a supposed communist threat, secured 55.1% of the votes after 99.9% were counted and was therefore elected Brazil’s next president, electoral authorities said.

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