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.
Trump Administration Denies Climate Change Report.
Donald Trump has told reporters he doesn’t believe his own government’s climate change findings that the US economy will suffer substantially with continued warming from greenhouse gas pollution.
The findings of the consensus analysis, concludes that climate change could cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives each year in future. The influence of climate change is being felt across the U.S. with increases in disastrous wildfires in the west, flooding on the east coast, soil loss in the Midwest and coastal erosion in Alaska, according to the US National Climate Assessment.
U.S. Agents Fire Tear Gas on Migrants Approaching Border.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents fired tear gas at mostly Honduran migrants attempting to cross into the United States from Tijuana, Mexico. US Customs and Border Protection, which polices the border, said its personnel had been assaulted and hit by stones. Critics have accused the Trump administration of a draconian response, while Mexico has demanded the US investigate its use of tear gas.
About 7,500 migrants have arrived at the US-Mexican border in recent weeks.
The migrants, who are mostly from Honduras, but also from Guatemala and El Salvador, say they are fleeing the threat of violence in their home countries and looking to make a better life for themselves and their families.
Thousands Are Protesting Oil, Gas and President Macron In France.
Thousands of French police fired tear gas and used water cannons against protesters who were destroying shops and lighting fires along Paris’s Champs-Élysées.
More than a week of demonstrations has led to a total of about 400 injured and at least one death. The protest movement known as gilets jaunes, French for the “yellow vests” demonstrators wear, is in response to rising taxes on gas and diesel.
Macron announced earlier this year, a gas tax that will increase the price of fuel by about 30 cents per gallon and will continue to rise over the next few years, the French government says. Gas costs about $7.06 per gallon in France.
GM Will Halt Production At Several Plants and Cut More Than 14,000 Jobs.
General Motors plans to halt production at plants in the U.S. and Canada next year and cut more than 14,000 jobs in a restructuring that will cost up to $3.8 billion.
The company plans to cut 15 percent of its salaried workers, resulting in a 25 percent reduction of its executive ranks. The cuts will eliminate more than 14,000 jobs in all, roughly 8,100 white collar positions and more than 6,000 factory jobs, according to the company.
In response, the United Auto Workers vowed to use “every legal, contractual and collective bargaining avenue” to fight the changes.

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