The Second Week of 2018 in Review

LA Mundi News brings you a review of the week, in order to catch you up in case you were too busy to hear the news.

  1. The Federal Government of the United States continues to be in a shutdown. After rounds and rounds of negotiations between President Trump and the Democratic Leadership, they have once again come up empty. Trump even addressed the nation in a bid to secure border wall funding, but failed once again. Meanwhile, Democrats are preparing a potential legal challenge in case President Trump decides to build the wall with emergency funds.
  2. Riots against new prison reforms have escalated in the Northern city of Fortaleza, in Brazil.
  3. Russian Orthodox Christians, as well as the newly formed Ukrainian Orthodox Church, partook in Christmas celebrations on January 7th.
  4. The Saudi woman who was the center of alleged family abuse and then trapped in a Bangkok airport before boarding a UN-chartered flight and being given refugee status arrived in Canada.
  5. New York is facing a historically bad outbreak of measles.
  6. The man who was the suspected Golden State Killer was cleared after DNA forensics tests revealed that he is innocent.
  7. Samsung users were frustrated after not being able to delete Facebook.
  8. A teachers’ strike in Los Angeles was inevitable, although the Los Angeles Unified School District Board had been preparing.
  9. The English housing crisis won’t be solved unless ‘millions of homes’ are built, according to a report.
  10. Sears might escape liquidation, but only if it’s chairman forks over $120 million to take over the company (and that’s just the deposit).
  11. 20 Conservative Party MPs voted ‘no’ on Brexit, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s already fragile government.
  12. Heathrow airport in London stopped operations after a drone sighting.
  13. The World Bank warned of dark times ahead for the world economy.
  14. Kim Jong-Un visited China to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.
  15. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not on the Supreme Court bench on the first day of arguments of 2019, due to a recent surgery.
  16. A Vermont editorial urged Bernie Sanders not to run in 2020, making it a bigger punch since it’s from his home state.
  17. Airport lines got longer, as a result of TSA workers calling in sick in protest of not being paid during the shutdown.
  18. Kevin Spacey appeared in court on sexual assault charges.
  19. Millions went without food stamps due to the shutdown.
  20. French protesters faced a government tired of relentless (and sometimes unsanctioned) protests, not to mention seven weeks of unrest. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that 80,000 members of security forces would be deployed in anticipation of another wave of anti-government protests. The protests started when a new fuel tax was announced in November.
  21. US President Donald Trump was briefed on a plan that would take billions of dollars from disaster areas to fund the proposed wall on the Mexican-American border.
  22. Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the UK’s Labour Party, demanded elections to break the deadlock over Brexit.
  23. More than 40 seals were stranded in the Canadian town of Roddickton-Bide Arm in Newfoundland, and the seals are causing chaos and are wreaking havoc. Two of the seals died when they were ran over by a car. While there are concerns that the seals will starve to death, it is against Canadian law to interfere with marine mammals like seals.
  24. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) announced her candidacy for the Presidency of the United States.
  25. A woman and two teenage girls were found shot to death in a luxury Texas home.
  26. Myanmar has rejected Reuters reporters’ appeal.
  27. Sir Michael Atiyah, a mathematician, died.
  28. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched 10 communications satellites.
  29. Former Secretary of Housing Development Julian Castro has declared his candidacy for President of the United States.
  30. US Federal Commissions have shutdown their websites due to a lack of ”appropriations”.
  31. Miami International Airport has closed a terminal as a result of the shutdown of the federal government.

Have a good weekend.


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