The World Mourns NBA Legend Kobe Bryant + More News

by Debra Brown

Kobe Bryant

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


The World Mourns NBA Legend Kobe Bryant

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, 41, in a helicopter crash. Bryant was one of nine people who died when the helicopter they were in crashed on a hillside in Calabasas, California. Among the victims was Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

Bryant and Gianna were joined on the flight by Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and his daughter Alyssa

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the University of Connecticut will honor Kobe and Gianna in the wake of this tragedy. 

The FBI is assisting the National Transportation Safety Board to collect evidence from the wreckage of the crash, NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy told reporters.  In his final transmission, the pilot of a helicopter that crashed, killing nine people including NBA legend Kobe Bryant, told air traffic control he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer, the National Transportation Safety Board.


Federal Agents Force Return of Michigan State Graduate Student to Iran 

An Iranian student traveling to East Lansing, Michigan, to start his first week at Michigan State University was forced by federal agents to return to his home country.

The student was accepted as a Michigan State graduate student and scheduled to start this week, university spokesperson Emily Guerrant said. He was to officially enroll when he arrived on campus.

He has a valid student visa and planned to pursue a Ph.D. at Michigan State, his attorney Ghazal Nicole Mehrani said. A visa does not guarantee entry to the USA, according to an emailed statement from a CBP spokesperson.

The New York Times reported at least 16 Iranian students were detained by customs officials at American airports despite securing visas from the State Department allowing them to study in the USA. 


Impeachment Trial Update

Donald Trump’s lawyers concluded their opening arguments. Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, called on senators to “end the era of impeachment” by declaring Mr. Trump not guilty.

Next in the impeachment trial, House managers and White House lawyers will answer questions submitted in writing by senators, who won’t be able to speak during the sessions. The questions will be read by Chief Justice John Roberts, and will alternate between Democrats and Republicans. A vote to consider allowing new witnesses and evidence in the trial is expected to follow. Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, announced that Republicans don’t yet have the votes to block witnesses.


Donald Trump Announces Middle East Plan 

Donald Trump proposed a Middle East plan that he claimed was a “realistic two-state solution” but caters to nearly every major Israeli demand and was immediately rejected by Palestinians.

The plan lays the groundwork for Israel to immediately begin annexing all of its settlements in the West Bank with US backing and also foresees the eventual establishment of a Palestinian state with limited sovereignty after a transition period. Palestinian negotiators have not had direct contact with the Trump administration in more than two years. 

The Palestinian ambassador to the United Kingdom told CNN that Trump “killed the prospect of a negotiated solution” and called the unveiling “a political circus.”


DC Police Will Stop Handcuffing Kids Under 12

Police in the District of Columbia will no longer be allowed to handcuff children 12 years or younger unless the situation is deemed dangerous to the child or the public, Chief Peter Newsham announced, according to the Washington Post.

Changes to the department’s juvenile detention policies amidst outrage over how police have handled previous cases, particularly one in which an officer was shown on video chasing a 9-year-old boy and forcibly handcuffing him. The child was never charged with any crimes. 


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