That’s News to Me

By Jackie Cannon ’20

Chief News Editor

 

Thursday, Oct. 25

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia- Ethiopia’s parliament has appointed the first ever female president, Sahle-Work Zewde. Although the position is primarily as a ceremonial figurehead, her appointment points to greater gender equality in Ethiopia.

 

Friday, Oct. 26

Colombo, Sri Lanka- The country fell into crisis as President Maithripala Sirisena removed the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, from office, replacing him with a controversial populist accused of human rights abuses.

 

Saturday, Oct. 27

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- In what is believed to be the most deadly attack against the Jewish Community in the U.S., 11 people were killed in the Tree of Life Synagogue after being shot by the alleged shooter, Robert D. Bowers.

 

London, United Kingdom- The owner of a restaurant and a delivery man were found guilty of manslaughter for the death of Megan Lee, a teenager who died in 2017 after having an allergic reaction to food from the restaurant, which had no protections in place for customers with food allergies.

 

Dublin, Ireland- Following a national election, Ireland’s president, Michael D. Higgins, has been reelected to a second term. The country also voted to remove blasphemy as a crime from the constitution.

 

Sunday, Oct. 28

London, United Kingdom- Nigel Richards, a New Zealand native, won the World Scrabble Championship. He has won previous world championships in 2007, 2011, and 2013.

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- Brazil voters have elected populist Jair Bolsonaro, who has presented himself as the solution to the recent political and economic strife in Brazil.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Seoul, South Korea- The South Korean courts have ruled that a Japanese company must compensate Korean men who were forced to work at the factory during World War Two. Four men will each receive about $90,000 from the company.

 

Washington D.C.- President Trump has announced that he is drafting an executive order that will end birthright citizenship, the law which grants automatic citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil. For this executive order to be valid, Trump would have to contend with the 14th Amendment, which cannot be amended by presidential action.

 

Information courtesy of the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Photo by: Tom Rettig

 

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