Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the administration’s plan to dismantle an Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA that has protected 700,000 so-called DREAMers from deportation. The vote was 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the opinion.
Under the Obama program, qualified individuals brought to the U.S. as children were given temporary legal status if they graduated from high school or were honorably discharged from the military, and if they passed a background check. Just months after taking office, Trump moved to revoke the program, only to be blocked by lower courts — and now the Supreme Court.
In Kentucky, Amy McGrath, who has the backing of Democratic Party establishment, and Charles Booker, who recently gained national attention for protesting after the death of Breonna Taylor and has been endorsed by key progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders, are in a tight race to be the candidate who will go on to face Sen. Mitch McConnell in November.
Rep. Thomas Massie was declared the winner of the Republican primary in Kentucky 4th Congressional District.
The victory comes after Donald Trump called for Massie’s removal from the Republican Party after the congressman’s efforts to fight a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.
In Louisville, Kentucky, some voters were stuck waiting to park their cars outside the Kentucky Exposition Center, causing them to miss the deadline to get in line when polls closed at 6 p.m. The center was the only site open in Louisville and Jefferson County due to changes made because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kentucky has reduced the number of polling places from 3,700 to just 170 —a 95% reduction.
U.S. Senate candidate Charles Booker secured a court order that opened the doors and extended the poll hours to 6:30 p.m. And waits of over an hour had been reported earlier in the day in Lexington.
In New York, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a blowout win in her district’s Democratic primary.
In North Carolina, newcomer Madison Cawthorn bested Republican Lynda Bennett, who was endorsed by Trump, in a runoff election to fill former Rep. Mark Meadows’ House seat. Meadows was appointed White House Chief of Staff earlier this year.
Worldwide, there are now over 9.1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, with over 470,000 deaths. Latin America remains a major hot spot for the disease. Cases also continue to surge in Mexico, Brazil and other countries in the region. Indigenous groups remain particularly vulnerable.
Months have passed since the pandemic struck Latin America, but unlike in parts of Asia, Europe and the hardest-hit cities in the United States, the virus is only gaining steam across the region. Deaths have more than doubled across Latin America in a month, according to the Pan American Health Organization, and the region now accounts for several of the world’s worst outbreaks.
In South Korea, health authorities said they are in the “second wave” of the coronavirus outbreak and that it is expected to continue for months.
A growing number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. A recent study found that the use of masks and face coverings has been the most effective way to reduce person-to-person spread of coronavirus.
The U.S. now has over 2.3 million confirmed cases and over 120,000 reported deaths, more than twice the number of cases and fatalities than the second-hardest-hit country, Brazil. The World Health Organization warned against “politicizing” the pandemic. Twenty-nine states are reporting surges in coronavirus cases as the country continues to reopen.
A new study out of Harvard confirms the virus continues to disproportionately hit Black and Latinx communities, highlighting the risk to younger people. Latinx people aged 35 to 44 have a mortality rate nearly eight times higher than white people, while Black people in the same age group have a mortality rate nine times higher than white people. This comes as another study on the economic impacts of the coronavirus reveals around half of New York City’s immigrants are now unemployed due to the pandemic.
A powerful earthquake struck Mexico’s southern Oaxaca region on Tuesday, killing at least five people and shaking buildings hundreds of miles away.
The 7.4-magnitude quake struck mid-morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was off the Pacific coast about seven miles southwest of Santa María Zapotitlán, near the beach resort of Huatuco.
Reuters reports that rockfalls blocked the mountain roads in the region, cutting off isolated villages.
In September 2017, an 8.1 magnitude quake struck off the southern coast, killing at least 60 people.
The funeral for Rayshard Brooks, the Black man who was fatally shot during an encounter with police at a fast food restaurant earlier this month, was held at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. served as co-pastor.
“Rayshard Brooks is the latest high-profile casualty in the struggle for justice and the battle for the soul of America,” the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the church’s senior pastor said during the eulogy. Warnock name-checked more than a dozen Black people that were killed either by law enforcement while in police custody or in situations where racial profiling is thought to be a factor, including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray and Breonna Taylor, one of the latest murders still under investigation. An involved officer has been fired more than three months after Taylor’s death, according to the police department.