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A week in review 06/12/19
Photo courtesy: - La Voz Publisher, Pauline Rivera was recently featured in Metropolitan State University of Denver’s, regarding bilingual journalism and its need for a growing Hispanic U.S. population. La Voz has been in business for 45 years and continues to deliver information in English and Spanish statewide.

By Joseph Rios


Homosexuality legalized in Botswania
- Botswana’s High Court has ruled in favor of decriminalizing homosexuality. The court rejected a law that would have punished people in same-sex relationships with up to seven years in prison. The law had been in place since 1965, but the court said it found the law unconstitutional. The case was put forward when a student said society had changed.

U.S. diplomat to travel to Sudan - As attacks against civilians in Sudan continue, Tibor Nagy, the U.S. assistant secretary for Africa, is traveling to the country. He will call for a cessation of attacks. Workers in Sudan are in the process of holding a national strike to pressure the military government to change back to civilian rule.


Report describes public executions in North Korea
- According to a report from the Transitional Justice Working Group, over 300 sites in North Korea have been identified as places where public executions are carried out. The report includes interview from 610 North Korea defectors. Among some of the charges that led to people getting publicly executed included stealing a cow and watching South Korea TV. Over 1,000 people would gather to watch the executions.

Record rainfall drenches China - Over two million people in southern China have been affected by record rainfall in the area. Officials say that five people have been killed from the rain while thousands of others are stranded. In one province, an entire town was submerged under six feet over water. Over 20,000 homes in the south-west region of the area are without power.


Boat carrying migrants overturns near Greek island
- Officials near Lesbos, a Greek island, say at least seven people were killed and over 50 people were rescued when a boat carrying migrants overturned. Among those who died were two children, four women and a man. Boats and a helicopter are searching the area for any other additional survivors.

Russia to release reporter after public push - Russia is planning to release reporter Ivan Golunov, after pushback from the public. He was accused of drug dealing, but his lawyer said drugs were planted by Russian officials. Russia Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said Golvunov’s guilt was not proven, and two police officers were suspended.

Latin America

Mexico has 45 days to reduce migrants heading to America
- Mexico said it has 45 days to reduce the number of migrants who are heading to the United States. In a deal with the United States that will halt tariffs imposed by the country, Mexico plans to send troops to its southern borders. If that doesn’t work, Mexico Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said additional measures would need to be considered.

Former MLB player shot in the Dominican Republic - Former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz was shot in the back in the Dominican Republic over the weekend. The incident occurred around the Dial Discotheque in Santo Domingo, the area where Ortiz is from. Ortiz won World Series titles in 2004, 2007 and 2013 and retired from baseball in 2016. He is said to be in stable condition.

North America

More details may emerge from Mueller report
- The House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler said the committee has reached a deal with the Justice Department to review some evidence from the Mueller report. Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of the report in April concerning Russia meddling in the 2016 election. There are 10 instances in the report where Trump possibly attempted to prevent an investigation.

Businesses sign open letter against abortion bans - Over 200 businesses, including Slack, Zoom and Bloomberg, signed an open letter urging the United States to stop restricting abortions. The letter said restricting abortions is “bad for business.” It also read that stopping abortions threatens the health of the businesses staff and customers. Georgia, who may have a strict new abortion law be implemented, has already received threats from Disney. Disney films some productions in the state.





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