In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Person of the Year

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


Targeted Journalists Have Been Chosen for Time Person of the Year.

Time magazine has chosen “The Guardians,” a group of journalists who have been targeted for their work, as Person of the Year.

The group includes Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post contributor who was killed at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in October. This is the first time that a Person of the Year is a deceased person.

Another cover features Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters journalists who were arrested one year ago in Myanmar while they were working on stories about the killings of Rohingya Muslims, a minority population in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The two men remain behind bars. Their wives were photographed for the cover.


Theresa May Will Face A No Confidence Vote.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party. The challenge is to May’s leadership of her party and if she lost it would not automatically trigger an election, though if she is replaced as Tory leader her successor would take over as prime minister.

Theresa May has vowed to contest a vote of confidence in her premiership, warning that her removal as prime minister and Conservative party leader will delay or possibly postpone the UK’s exit from the EU.


Charlottesville Jury Recommends 419 Years Plus Life For Neo-Nazi Who Killed Protester.

A jury in Charlottesville said that Neo-nazi James Alex Fields Jr. should be sentenced to life plus 419 years in prison and $480,000 in fines, for killing Heather Heyer and seriously injuring 35 others.

A judge will decide whether to sign off on the recommended sentence at a hearing on March 29.


Donald Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding Dispute.

Donald Trump vowed to force a year-end government shutdown if lawmakers refused to fund his long-promised border wall, his signature campaign promise in a televised altercation.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) and House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) refused to offer Trump more than $1.3 billion for homeland security that would not be authorized for a border wall. The Trump Administration wants $5 billion.

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