Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news. This week we’ve included coverage of the human rights violations and apartheid crimes carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians along with updates about the Covid-19 variant in India and the charges for the murderer in Atlanta that targeted women of Asian descent.
Hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded after Israeli forces raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the second time in four days, with reports showing police fired rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas at Palestinian worshipers.
Palestinians have been staging weeks of protests to block Israel from evicting dozens of Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem to give their homes to Jewish settlers, which the United Nations has described as a possible war crime. Mohammed El-Kurd, a Palestinian writer and poet who is organizing to save his family’s home in Sheikh Jarrah, says the world is seeing colonialism in action in Palestine.
Global News in America: Anti-Asian Hate Crimes
A prosecutor said that the man accused of killing eight people at spas in and around Atlanta had targeted some of the victims because they were of Asian descent, and said she was planning to seek the death penalty against him.
The suspect, Robert Aaron Long, 22, who is white, was formally indicted on murder charges for the four killings at two massage businesses in the City of Atlanta, which shook the country in March amid a wave of anti-Asian hate crimes.
Mr. Long had already been charged with murder in Cherokee County for four other killings at a spa there less than an hour before the Atlanta attacks.
Under Georgia law, a prosecutor can ask a jury to determine if a person convicted of an underlying crime is also guilty of a hate crime, which carries an additional penalty.
U.S. television network NBC has announced it would drop its broadcast of the Golden Globes ceremony in 2022 after a Hollywood backlash over the ethics of the group that hands out the annual awards for film and television and its lack of diversity.
NBC’s announcement of its decision on Monday came even after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which hands out the awards, agreed to recruit more Black members and make other changes over the next 18 months. The network had initially welcomed the plan but later said it would wait to see if the reforms worked.
At least 30 people in Colombia have been reportedly killed since a nationwide uprising erupted against the government of right-wing President Iván Duque. Protesters are vowing to remain in the streets amid a deadly crackdown by police and military officers. About 800 people have been injured and 87 people are missing in the midst of the demonstrations, which were initially sparked by a now-withdrawn tax reform proposal, but they have since expanded in scope.
People in Colombia are also denouncing rampant police brutality and demanding broader social, economic and political reforms. At least 15 people were killed in a massacre in the city of Cali on April 30 after police repeatedly opened fire on protesters.
Two investigators who conducted an internal probe into the death of Breonna Taylor determined the three Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved should not have fired shots into her apartment.
According to documents obtained by ABC News, Sgt. Andrew Meyer from the department’s Professional Standards Unit determined that the three officers should have held their fire after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a shot. Meyer’s report was supported by Lt. Jeff Artman.
This assessment contradicts what has been said by others in Kentucky law enforcement. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said that Cosgrove and Mattingly were justified in using force because Walker fired a shot.
The World Health Organziation said that the coronavirus variant first identified in India last year was being classified as a variant of global concern, with some preliminary studies showing that it spreads more easily.
The B.1.617 variant is the fourth variant to be designated as being of global concern and requiring heightened tracking and analysis. The others are those first detected in Britain, South Africa and Brazil.
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the WHO Foundation was launching a “Together for India” appeal to raise funds to purchase oxygen, medicines and protective equipment for health workers.