Before I forget…
In the US, a former Marine who killed a homeless man on the New York City subway was taken into custody at a police precinct and was expected to be arraigned on a manslaughter charge. A viral video of the incident on the F train, sparked a fierce debate among New Yorkers.
As striking Hollywood writers protest working conditions, some are seeking more than a new labor contract. They are also looking for love on the picket lines. Single members of the Writers Guild of America gathered outside the Universal Studios lot this week for a combination of picketing and a dating mixer that later moved to a taco eatery.
Elsewhere, the US envoy to South Africa said he was confident that a Russian ship had picked up weapons in South Africa last year, in a possible breach of Pretoria’s declared neutrality in the Ukraine conflict. South Africa denies approving any arms shipment to Russia.
Thailand goes to the polls on Sunday to elect 500 members for its House of Representatives. A rising force ahead of the election is Thailand’s youth party Move Forward, which has adopted many of the positions from the student-led protests that rocked the country three years ago.
A Chinese woman fighting for fertility rights hopes her battle will end the stigma of single motherhood. Under current guidelines, China bars single women from freezing their eggs, with assisted reproductive technologies only available to married women with fertility issues. While back in the US, nine Black pregnant women and new mothers spoke to Reuters for a special report, and discussed feeling unseen and unheard at times.
And finally, one of our top stories this week was a special report on how El Chapo’s sons built a fentanyl empire that is now poisoning America.
Robert will be back at the reins next Saturday, thanks for reading.