Get the latest information on the political landscape, entertainment updates, and health sector in the world with this Nipashe news highlight for May! The latest news in the world that you need to know are the following:
(1) Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reportedly called on Senate Democrats to agree to a government funding bill that does not include protections for “Dreamers”, a bipartisan group of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. The funding bill is expected to be brought to the floor this week.
(2) The House of Representatives voted to pass the tax reform bill, which includes the elimination of the state and local tax deduction. The bill now goes to the Senate, which is expected to pass the bill this week.
(3) The House of Representatives passed the bill that would fund the government through September, which would also extend protections for “Dreamers”. The bill will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to pass.
(4) Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said he is against a spending bill that does not include protections for “Dreamers”.
(5) President Donald Trump is expected to announce his choice for the next Supreme Court justice this week.
(6) Senate Republicans are expected to push back on any legislation that would require Senate confirmation of Supreme Court justices.
A major food shortage in Ethiopia and Somalia has forced the World Food Programme to cut the number of people it can feed by nearly one million in the Horn of Africa.
“It’s a huge setback,” said Lise Grande, WFP’s executive director. “It’s a big blow for us. We will be back.”
The Horn of Africa, which stretches from Ethiopia and Somalia in the west to Sudan and Kenya in the east, is one of the world’s poorest regions.
In the past two months, fighting has spread in South Sudan, and there have been multiple reports of human rights abuses in Burundi.
As the U.S. Navy conducts more than 50 military exercises and tests in the South China Sea, China’s defense ministry is preparing to dispatch warships and submarines to the region.
The U.S. military conducted a large-scale “freedom of navigation” operation in the South China Sea last week, flying two B-52 bombers and an EA-18G Growler over the contested Spratly Islands. The operation was designed to challenge China’s territorial claims and demonstrate U.S.
7. The controversial movie “The Hunt” that will be released on Friday has been banned in the U.K. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has decided that the film is too violent and that the film may be “offensive to human dignity”. The movie is an adaptation of a French graphic novel of the same name. The film will be released in the U.S. on June 27.
8. The New York Times has released its list of the 50 most influential people in the world. The list includes celebrities, politicians, and scientists. Bill Gates tops the list for the second year in a row. Elon Musk comes in second place. The top three is rounded out by Oprah Winfrey, the founder of Twitter.