In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

France Protests

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


French Prime Minister Philippe Suspends Fuel Tax Rises.
Fuel tax rises which have led to weeks of violent protests in France have now been postponed for six months. The protests have hit major cities, causing damage and disruption over three weekends.
Results Reveal Alabama Police Shot EJ Bradford From Behind.
An independent autopsy has found that Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr., a black man killed by police on Thanksgiving night, was shot three times from behind during the incident in an Alabama mall. Lawyers for Bradford’s family released the results Monday, saying they confirmed he had been fleeing with his back turned at the time he was killed.
Ben Crump, the family’s attorney believes, based on this forensic evidence, that the officer should be charged with a crime.
Surviving R.Kelly Screening Evacuated After Bomb Threat.
According to multiple posts on social media, a private screening of the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly was evacuated when a threat was called in to NeueHouse Madison Square, in New York City. Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, tweeted “a BOMB THREAT was called in and the event shut down.”
Little Rock, Arkansas Elects First Black Mayor Frank Scott. 
A banking executive and former highway commissioner won the runoff for Little Rock mayor, becoming the first African-American elected to lead Arkansas’ capital six decades after it was the center of a school desegregation crisis.
Little Rock has had two black mayors, but they were elected city directors chosen for the job by fellow board members and not by voters.
U.S. Senators Are Certain Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder.
Senators have emerged from a classified briefing by the CIA director, Gina Haspel, saying they are certain that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered the murder of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Senate is due to vote on a measure that would cut off US military support for Saudi military operations in Yemen.

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