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World News

by Sarah Willson

  • At least 26 people, with victims aged 18 months to 77 years old, are dead after a gunman opened fire on a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday. According to CNN, about 20 others were wounded in the shooting. The shooter has been identified as Devin Kelley, who was shot by an “armed resident.”
  • Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban eight years ago, will receive a $10,000 fine and no jail time. His disappearance sparked a search party that left some of his fellow soldiers wounded.
  • President Donald Trump called for stricter United States immigration laws after last Tuesday’s attack carried by an Uzbekistan immigrant left eight people dead, speaking to abolish the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Program, which was established by a bill back in 1990.
  • Trump departed over the weekend for a 13-day journey through Asia in an effort to address the North Korean nuclear threat.
  • House Republicans revealed a bill last Thursday that could create cuts for corporations, leaving some families to pay more in taxes, according to The New York Times.
  • Syria has seized control of the last major ISIS-held city in Syria. The recapture of Deir al-Zour was backed by Russian airstrikes and on-ground Iraqi troops.
  • Saudi Arabia is believed to have intercepted a ballistic missile over its capital of Riyadh Saturday night. According to CNN, the launch was carried out by Yemeni rebels in an effort to target a local airport.

World News

by Sarah Willson

  • Connecticut remains the only state in the country without a budget. The 110-day ongoing crisis could cause even more towns to freeze spending and propose tax increases. According to Governor Dannel Malloy, the new budget, which was proposed on Monday, includes an additional $150 million in cuts. 
  • A “huge truck bomb blast” killed hundreds of people in Mogadishu, Somalia over the weekend, in what is said to be the “single deadliest attack ever in the nation.”
  • Officials say the “deadliest week of wildfires in California history” took place last week after nearly 6,000 buildings were destroyed and 36 people were killed, according to CNN. The fires continue to rage on through California’s wine country.
  • The United Kingdom is on high alert as Category 3 Hurricane Ophelia barrels towards Northern Ireland. The Met Office has warned of “potential danger to life.”
  • President Donald Trump has continued to hint that he will withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, a program created by President Barack Obama in 2015 with the goal to limit the country’s nuclear power. Despite this, Trump said he will prevent Iran from gaining “all paths to a nuclear weapon.”
  • Trump continued to praise the United States’ efforts in aiding Puerto Rico after Category 4 Hurricane Marie directly hit the island back in September. Trump said he and his administration have done “a great job” in helping repair the island but also commented that federal aid can not be in Puerto Rico “forever.”
  • The Trump administration announced last week that it will be ending cost-sharing substitutes, part of the Affordable Care Act, which help millions of low-income patients receive access to healthcare.
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday that “diplomatic efforts [with North Korea] will continue until the first bomb drops,” and that Trump is “not seeking to go to war.”
  • Former Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton made a statement that aired in an interview on Sunday that warned the U.S. to “Keep an eye on [Vladimir Putin] because he’s not done.”  This comes after the Central Intelligence Agency claimed that Putin hacked the 2016 U.S. presidential election late last year.
  • On Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board voted to expel Harvey Weinstein’s membership from the group that presents Academy Awards. This comes after dozens of women claimed Weinstein sexually assaulted or raped them while working with him.
  • On Sunday, U.S.-backed forces launched their “final assault” on Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Raqqa, Syria.
  • Two ISIS leaders in Marawi, Philippines have been killed after a five-month siege.
  • Austrian conservative People Party candidate, 31-year-old  Sebastian Kurz, is on track to become Australia’s youngest national leader, according to BBC News.

This Week In National And International News

by Sarah Willson

  • Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut joined with over 20 of their colleagues late last week to put an end to a law that allows gun sales to proceed without a background check if one is not completed within 72 hours, according to the Hartford Courant.
  • Hurricane Nate made landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast last Saturday evening, bringing heavy rain and damaging winds from Alabama to Louisiana
  • President Donald Trump is said to abolish the Obama policy that allowed employers to provide free birth control to millions of American women. The goal of the new rule, Trump said, is to allow any company to refuse the coverage for contraception if it interferes with the employer’s religious or moral integrity.
  • The Irish government says it will put its referendum on hold until next year regarding whether or not the country will change its abortion laws, which are considered to be some of the strictest in Europe.
  • After weeks of flip-flopping on the situation, Trump finally announced that he is planning to scrap the Iran nuclear deal, a program created by former President Barack Obama back in 2015 with the goal to limit Iran’s nuclear power.
  • Trump tweeted a statement late last week saying “Only one thing will work” in dealing with North Korea. Mr. Trump has not further elaborated on his comment.
  • Vice President Mike Pence abruptly left a football game Sunday after some NFL players kneeled during the National Anthem.
  • After more than 20 years, the United States is planning on lifting “most economic [trade] restrictions” on Sudan in hopes to boost its economy. Sudan, however, will still remain listed as a “state sponsor of terror.”
  • An undercover FBI agent foiled a jihadist plan to attack Time Square and the subway system in New York City last week. All men involved in the plot have been arrested and are facing charges.
  • The U.S. lost over 33,000 jobs in September after the economy took a direct hit from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. It is said to be the first “monthly decline” of jobs in seven years.
  • The region of Catalonia in Spain is awaiting a decision regarding whether or not the autonomous community will gain independence from Spain. The protests for independence has caused days of riots between Catalonia and the people of Madrid.
  • The International Red Cross is being forced to “drastically reduce” its staff presence in Afghanistan after seven of its workers were killed in the country this year.

This Week In National And International News

by Sarah Willson

  • At least 59 are dead and 527 are injured after a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The 64-year-old suspect, Stephen Paddock, was found dead in his hotel room with at least 19 assault rifles and tripods and is believed to have acted alone. The number of fatalities is expected to rise over the course of this week.
  • O.J. Simpson has been released from a Nevada prison after serving nine years of a nine-to-33-year sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery.
  • The Associated Press reported on Friday that the United States declared it was going to cut its diplomatic presence in Cuba by more than half, a result of “mysterious attacks” that have caused hearing loss, dizziness and fatigue for some U.S. embassy employees.
  • U.S. Health Secretary Tom Price quit his position at the White House late last week after being heavily criticized for his use of expensive private planes for business. The planes, which have been used since May, are said to have cost taxpayers over $400,000 dollars, according to BBC News.  
  • President Donald Trump made a statement in Washington last week, saying that the U.S. has done an “incredible job” in helping Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm that battered the island back in September.
  • Trump called for major tax cuts in an effort to uphold his campaign promise to reshape the U.S. tax system, but the plan is being criticized by Democrats, saying it is a “giveaway for the wealthy.”
  • Saudi King Salman has finally granted women the right to drive for the first time in history. Until now, women would have been arrested and fined for driving in public.
  • The region of Catalonia has voted for independence from Spain after thousands rallied before the planned referendum, according to BBC News.
  • Canadian authorities are investigating two acts of terrorism in Edmonton after a man struck a police officer with a car before stabbing him. He later drove his truck into a crowd of pedestrians, injuring at least four.

This Week In National And International News

by Sarah Willson

  • Both outrage and support circled the internet as NFL players knelt and locked arms during the National Anthem, a move to show defiance against President Trump.
  • On Monday, North Korea’s Foreign Minister accused President Trump of “declaring war” on his country, a statement which was made after Trump tweeted that North Korea “won’t be around much longer.”
  • The Iranian government said on Saturday that the country has successfully tested a “new medium-range missile,” following reports that President Donald Trump may withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, an Obama administration program that aimed to limit Iran’s nuclear power.
  • At a rally in Alabama late last week, Trump reassured his crowd that the southern border wall between the United States and Mexico is “happening” and that he will be sure to pick out “the right one.”
  • Republican Senator John McCain said in a statement last week that he cannot, “in good conscience,” vote for the new health care proposal, a key decision that will likely end President Donald Trump’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, according to CNN.
  • BBC News reported on Saturday that a 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocked southern Mexico, just days after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit central Mexico, which had left over 300 people dead. Saturday’s earthquake resulted in the deaths of two women from apparent heart attacks.
  • All of Puerto Rico is still without power after Category 4 Hurricane Maria slammed into the island mid last week, leaving over a dozen dead. Authorities are urging over 70,000 people to evacuate, saying a dam failure is “imminent,” according to the National Weather Service.
  • One person was killed and seven others were wounded after a shooter opened fire early Sunday morning at a church in Antioch, Tennessee.