Top news stories for today – July 10, 2016
Protests of police brutality organized nationwide
Thousands of Americans participated in demonstrations opposing police brutality and demanding accountability Friday night, following the recent deaths of two African-American men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, at the hands of law enforcement.
Rallies were organized in New York City, Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Phoenix, St. Paul, Ferguson, and elsewhere. Contributing to the controversy was the decision of the Dallas Police Department to kill Micah Xavier Johnson, the suspect in Thursday evening’s attack which left five Dallas officers dead, using a remotely-detonated bomb transported by a robot. Huffington Post, The Week
First Zika-related death in US
Officials of Salt Lake County, Utah, have announced the first confirmed death related to the Zika virus within the continental United States. The patient, believed to have contracted the virus while visiting a Zika-affected area this year, was elderly and suffered from an underlying condition.
“We know [Zika] contributed to the death,” said medical official Dagmar Vitek, “but we don’t know if it was the sole cause.” The mosquitoes which transmit Zika are not present in the region where the patient lived, and no locally transmitted infections have been reported in the United States. The Washington Post
N Korean submarine missile launch fails
North Korea fired a ballistic missile from a submarine on Saturday, the South Korean military reports, but the weapon appears to have failed almost immediately. The missile’s engine did ignite, but it traveled only a few kilometers before exploding in midair.
The launch was condemned by South Korea, Japan, and the United States as a violation of UN sanctions. It comes soon after North Korea labeled new US sanctions on despotic leader Kim Jong Un a “declaration of war.” Reuters, The Week
Australia’s national election
Australia’s opposition Labor party conceded defeat Sunday in national elections, eight days after voting concluded. Labor party leader Bill Shorten said he was certain Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his coalition government would secure enough seats to retain power.
Shorten said he had called Turnbull to congratulate him. Turnbull said later his conservative coalition will remain in power for a second three-year term.
As vote counting continues, however, it is not clear whether the coalition will win enough seats to form a majority government, or be forced to ally with independent and minority party lawmakers to form a minority government. Parties need to hold at least 76 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives in order to form a majority government. VOA
Serena Williams wins Wimbledon
American tennis star Serena Williams has won Wimbledon for the 7th time, finally tying German Steffi Graf for the most titles in major events during the Open era. World number one Williams downed fourth seeded German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 Saturday on the grass at center court just outside London for her 22nd grand slam singles crown.
The 34-year-old Williams had lost three straight major events since earning the Wimbledon title last year. One of those losses was to Kerber earlier this year in the Australian Open finals. Williams still needs two more major titles to match Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam crowns. The Open era began in 1968 when professionals were allowed to compete in Grand Slam events for the first time.
The men’s Wimbledon champion will be crowned Sunday in a match between second seed Andy Murray of Britain and number six Milos Raonic of Canada. VOA
US Presidential election
Hillary Clinton offers health care proposal sought by Bernie Sanders: Hillary Clinton on Saturday announced her intention to expand investments in community health care centers, the second of two proposals in a week apparently aimed at courting supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead of his possible endorsement. Clinton also affirmed her commitment to giving Americans in every state the choice of a “public-option” insurance plan — which she supported during her 2008 presidential campaign and Sanders pushed for during the ACA debate — and allowing people below Medicare age to opt into the programby offering it to those who are 55 and older. USA Today
Clinton and Trump on Dallas shooting: Hillary Clinton called the shootings of police officers in Dallas “absolutely horrific,” while emphasizing the need to bridge a gulf between law enforcement and the communities they police. In a CNN interview Friday afternoon, Clinton described the rapid succession of violent events this week — including the videotaped killings of young black men by police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana — as “deeply troubling and it should worry every single American.” Clinton called for national guidelines for law enforcement on the use of force, particularly lethal force. She also said the nation needs to “look into” implicit bias in law enforcement, as well as ways to better protect police who put their lives on the line every day to protect communities.
“The shooting of the 12 police officers in Dallas, Texas, has shaken the soul of our nation,” Trump said. “A brutal attack on our police force is an attack on our country and an attack on our families,” Trump added. “We must stand in solidarity with law enforcement, which we must remember is the force between civilization and total chaos.” Trump also addressed the shooting deaths of the two African-American men earlier in the week by police officers. “The deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota also make clear how much more work we have to do to make every American feel that their safety is protected,” Trump said. “Racial divisions have gotten worse, not better,” Trump said. USA Today