TOP STORIES: WEEK BEGINNING 25TH FEBRUARY


Lawsuits filed against Donald Trump

Sixteen US states have filed lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency in an attempt to fund a border wall along the Mexican border. The lawsuits are based on the possible violation of the National Emergencies Act of 1976 and the fear that funding the border wall will divert money from law enforcement.


MPs leaving labour party

Eight Labour Party MPs have left the party following Brexit disputes and claims of anti-Semitism among party activists. These eight MPs support a second referendum being held to decide whether the UK should leave the EU. They now sit in the House of Commons as the Independent Group. Three Conservative MPs have also left their parties and joined the Independent Group.


Violent protests in Venezuela

Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has blocked humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil, resulting in deadly protests in Venezuelan border towns. Maduro claims that accepting humanitarian aid would pose a security threat, yet this decision puts those hit by the economic crisis in a vulnerable position. The popular interim leader Juan Guaidó criticised the act and has agreed to meet US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday in Colombia.


Bernie Sanders runs for US president

77-year-old Bernie Sanders has announced that he will run for the 2020 presidential election. He has raised nearly $6 million in the first 24 hours after his campaign launch, more than any of his rivals. The Vermont senator condemns President Donald Trump as “a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction.”


Manchester City wins Women’s League Cup for 3rd time

Manchester City won against Arsenal 4-2 in the Women’s League Cup final on Saturday. Arsenal has won the Cup five times since 2011, however, was missing several crucial players due to injuries, including Vivianne Miedema who was suffering from fatigue. Manchester City’s manager, Nick Cushing, said the match “shows the strength and the character of the group” given their defeat last year.


Conflict in Kashmir escalates with suicide bombing

A suicide bombing in Kashmir killed 40 Indian security forces, leading to Indian retaliation and threatening of an attack on Pakistan. A Pakistani militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, does not accept responsibility for the attack. Khan warns that Pakistan will retaliate if India decides to take military action.