The Third Week of 2019 in Review

In case you didn’t have time to read the news, LA Mundi News brings you the third week of 2019 in review.

  1. The shutdown of the US federal government continues amid growing tensions between the two sides. Just to be clear, the US is close to ending the fourth week of the shutdown with no foreseeable light at the end of the tunnel.
  2. In the late hours of Thursday, US President Donald Trump suspended Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s trip to the economic summit in Davos, Switzerland. This was seemingly a response to Pelosi’s calls for postponing the State of the Union until the end of the shutdown, citing security reasons.
  3. President Trump proposed a compromise on Saturday that maintained his demands for wall funding and at the same time conceded to Democrats on several issues (most notably allowing the ‘Dreamers’ to stay). However, Democrats rejected the deal, elongating an already historically long government shutdown.
  4. The teacher’s strike in Los Angeles continues, as they strike for increased nurses in schools and better pay, as well as more school supplies.
  5. UK Prime Minister Theresa May‘s government hangs in the balance, especially after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal and her government barely survived a vote of no-confidence.
  6. The African Union urged the Democratic Republic of Congo to postpone the announcement of it’s election results, amid increasing unrest in the country regarding the Presidential candidates. The election symbolizes a peaceful transfer of power after years of dictatorship.
  7. The Trump administration announced in a statement that the President would be meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February.
  8. A Canadian received a death sentence in China. This was likened by experts to opening an oil drum and dumping it on an already huge fire. That metaphorical fire was started when Canada imprisoned a Chinese citizen, igniting the situation.
  9. France launched a contingency plan to deal with a potential no-deal Brexit, according to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe who stated that a no-deal Brexit looks “less and less unlikely”.
  10. Netflix did well in the world of business this week, with millions of new accounts being created.
  11. After China sent plants to the moon amid extensive media coverage, the plants have died of freezing temperatures.
  12. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) announced her candidacy for the Presidency of the United States on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”. In her announcement, she signaled that healthcare will form a large part of her campaign.
  13. Violent protests in Zimbabwe over fuel costs resulted in the torching of a government office. However, the government initiated a crackdown (on Saturday) and blocked Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter.
  14. LeBron James, a basketball star that plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, received an update on his injury on Wednesday.
  15. While New York continues to endure the worst measles outbreak in decades, 19 people have come down with the disease in Washington (state).
  16. According to sources, we might get a look at a potential Disney streaming service in April.
  17. 2 people have been killed in a fire at a French ski resort, along with at least 22 injured.
  18. A teacher’s strike has started in Denver.
  19. Facebook is fighting back against fake news by removing approximately 500 pages of disinformation.
  20. Newly elected Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) sided with his party when asked about the shutdown and he questioned Speaker Pelosi’s motives.
  21. The Armenian community in Jerusalem celebrated Christmas on Saturday (January 19, 2019).
  22. The Los Angeles Rams beat the New Orleans Saints at the NFC championship game and will advance to the Super Bowl where they will face the New England Patriots.

Have a good weekend.


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