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Weekly update – January 27

Venezuelan protests have been featured in the news for years, now, but recent developments deserve equal attention.

Venezuelan protests have been featured in the news for years, now, but recent developments deserve equal attention.

Venezuelan protests have been featured in the news for years, now, but recent developments deserve equal attention.

Venezuelan protests have been featured in the news for years, now, but recent developments deserve equal attention.

S. Crawford ('20) summarizes some of the biggest headlines of the week in her second installment of Weekly Update.

The Longest Government Shutdown in U.S. History is Over

On Friday, President Trump signed a bill to end the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Although the bill to reopen the government did not give him any money for his long desired border wall, it only funds the government until February 15.

Republicans and democrats alike have just three weeks to work out a compromise about border security. At that time, President Trump will have the power to shut the government down again if he does not get the money he wants for his border wall.

For now, federal agencies will reopen, and government workers will finally receive their paychecks.

 

Two Shootings this Week

Five women were killed Wednesday when a shooter open fired at a bank in Florida.

The shooter, Zephen Xaver, did not have a clean record before this mass shooting. In recent years, police have been notified about Xaver and his desire to kill people.

Now, Xaver is in police custody and is facing five counts of capital murder.

Another shooting in State College, Pennsylvania left 4 people dead late Thursday.

The shooter shot three people in a bar before fleeing the scene, crashing his car, and breaking into a home where he killed the homeowner and himself.

The shooter did not know any of the victims, and his motive is unclear.

 

Venezuela in Crisis

After a corrupt round of elections named Nicolás Maduro as the Venezuelan president, opposition leader Juan Guaidó has gained more domestic and international support. Guaidó is holding rallies around the country and has declared himself “acting president.”

The United States, Britain, France, Spain and Germany have all announced their recognition of Guaidó as president unless a new election is called.

For now, Venezuela remains in crisis as citizens and military officials remained divided. Support for Guaidó is strong, but many people still stand by Maduro.

 

Students Protest Climate Change Inaction

Students around the world are skipping class to protest inaction to climate change around the globe.

Students in Germany are protesting the extensive use of coal in that country, which produces a large amount of greenhouse gases.

Students in Australia, France, and Sweden also participated in protests demanding that their federal governments take action against climate change.

All of this started as a result of Swedish student Greta Thunberg who started a movement against climate change in August 2018.

 

Naomi Osaka is the World’s Number 1 Tennis Player

Naomi Osaka has become the world’s number 1 female tennis player after winning the Australian Open this weekend. Osaka is the first Asian woman to hold this title.

She previously beat Serena Williams at the U.S. Open in September, propelling her to international fame after a controversial and emotional match.

Now that Osaka has won two grand slams, she is the top ranked female tennis player in the world, a title previously held by Simona Halep.

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