North Korea Fires Ballistic Missiles, US Officials Say-BBC News
North Korea test-fired two ballistic missiles that flew 500 miles before landing in the water a day after President Obama placed new sanctions on North Korea. These sanctions ban US exports to North Korea and holds North Korean government property in the United States. These missile tests are also violations of existing UN sanctions.
Rabbis to Protest Donald Trump at AIPAC Summit-CBS News
Dozens of Jewish leaders plan on protesting Donald Trump’s Address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee next week in solidarity against the Republican presidential front-runner’s, “bigotry, racism, xenophobia, and misogyny.” The group led by Rabbis David Paskin and Jesse Olitzky has assembled more than 300 rabbis and other Jewish leaders to appear at the AIPAC summit. In order to peacefully protest Trump’s address at the summit,“Many will be standing up before he speaks and silently leaving the room. Others will be absenting themselves from the introduction as well," as stated in a press release by the “Come Together Against Hate” campaign.
Brazilian Judge Lifts Roadblock to Lula Appointment—but Fight Far From Over-CNN
The head of the Federal Regional Court of the 1st Region in Brasilia, Judge Candido Ribeiro, has overturned an injunction by another federal Judge allowing former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to join the Cabinet of current Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. By joining Rousseff’s Cabinet Lula would be protected from a corruption investigation where he is one of the defendants. Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court has received injunctions asking for the high court to prevent Lula from becoming Rousseff’s Chief of Staff. The corruption investigation into Lula’s past actions and impeachment proceedings concerning Rousseff has led to protests in Brazil’s major cities of Brasilia and Sao Paulo causing police to use water cannons and tear gas. This decision by President Rousseff comes with plenty of risk, “The risk is that doubling down on this strategy is only going to really strain this administration even more,” Christopher Sabatini, an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs told CNN.