5 Things for Monday
London Attack Aftermath:
Today the British Prime Minister is expected to announce the names of the three attackers who rammed a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge and went on a subsequent stabbing spree in a nearby market this past weekend. The aftermath of the attacks on London continue, with two houses raided just this morning. So far 11 people have been detained in raids following the attack. The three men in Saturday’s incident were shot dead by police.
The United Kingdom is facing its third terror attack and three months, and the Prime Minister is pushing for more of a proactive rather than reactive plan for the future. Amidst the pain the region is facing, Ariana Grande returned to the country yesterday for her One Love Manchester concert- positive proof that fear won’t keep people out of the U.K.
Bill Cosby Trial Begins:
The trial of Bill Cosby for sexual assault begins today. Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman back in 2004. Cosby himself doesn’t plan to testify (it’s still possible) but his accuser is expected to take the stand this week, telling her story publicly for the first time. Over 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault. If he is convicted in this specific case, he faces 30 years in prison and a hefty fine.
Protests in Portland:
Things became heated very quickly in Portland yesterday when a pro-Trump rally was held in the city over the issue of free speech. Some were upset and felt that the rally came too close to a stabbing incident just a couple of weeks ago where two people were killed on a train after standing up to a man hurling anti-Muslim rhetoric at two young women. Counterprotesters quickly came to the site and things got out of control.
The counterprotesters threw bricks at police officers when they tried to separate the two groups, and the police came back with tear gas for the groups. In all, 14 people were arrested.
Confusion with Qatar:
As of this morning, four Arab nations have cut ties with Qatar, using the nation’s terrorism ties as their reason. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain claim that Qatar supports the agenda of Iran (long at odds with Saudi Arabia) forcing a rift between the Arab countries. Some of the countries have barred Qatari nationals from entering their countries as well as closing airspace and ports that connect them with Qatar. We’ll have to wait and see how the fallout
affects these countries ties with the United States.
Apple Developer Conference:
Nerds and Apple lovers rejoice (me included)! The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference begins today. The yearly conference goes over the newest tech specs Apple has to offer, and will probably give us some more information on the newest products and software Apple will have in the future.