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  • Erica Na

Week of January 21

International

Middle-East

  • America has continued to strike against Iran-backed militias. The US military said 2 Navy SEALS have died in an operation to block Iranian weapons from arriving to Houthi rebels in Yemen.

  • On Tuesday, 24 Israeli soldiers were killed in ground operations in Gaza, marking it the deadliest day for troops since the start of the war. 

  • William Schomburg, head of the Red Cross department in Gaza, reports that “every functioning hospital in the Gaza Strip is over-crowded and short on medical supplies, fuel, food and water." He warns of a medical shutdown if efforts to aid civilians do not improve.  

 

US Politics

Election

  • On Sunday, Ron DeSantis suspended his presidential campaign on the eve of the New Hampshire primary. He immediately endorsed former president Donald Trump. On Tuesday, Donald Trump won the New Hampshire Republican primary by winning 55% of the votes. As the lone opposition to Trump, Nikki Haley secured 43% of the votes. She assures her supporters that she will remain in the race.

Supreme Court

  • In a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling, US Border Patrol has been authorized the ability to remove razor wire at the US-Mexico border. This decision is a victory for the Biden administration, which has battled to overturn Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s immigration policies. 

  • Kenneth Smith, an Alabama inmate, was the first person in history to be executed by nitrogen gas. Despite being an untested method, the US Supreme Court refused to stop the execution. Smith’s religious adviser witnessed the execution and revealed that Smith appeared to be conscious and struggling for several minutes. 

Other

  • On Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris began a nationwide reproductive freedoms tour on the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. She will hold a series of events to call on Congress to restore abortion protections and access to reproductive healthcare. 

  • A Manhattan jury ordered Donald Trump to pay E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million in a defamation trial. Trump denied Journalist E. Jean Carroll’s claims that he raped her in a department store in the mid-1990s.

 

Tech

  • Since the beginning of 2024, more than 13,000 employees in major tech companies like Google and Amazon have been laid off as companies aim their resources and attention to artificial intelligence tools. Other companies to follow in this trend include eBay, Duolingo, and Twitch.

 

Culture

  • The 96th Academy Award’s nominations were released. Taking the lead, Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” received 13 nominations. “Barbie'' received 8 nominations, featuring Ryan Gosling’s nomination as best supporting actor. However, director Greta Gerwig and lead actress Margot Robbie were notably absent from the nomination list, leaving fans disappointed over the ironic snub. The Oscars is set to take place on March 10 and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. 

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