Nearly 3,000 mourners gathered on Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral to pay their respects to the 41st President of the US George H.W. Bush. Bush was called ‘America’s last great soldier-statesman.’ Former president George W. Bush called his father ‘a great and noble man.’ Wednesday was declared a national day of mourning.
Former President George H.W. Bush who died on Friday at the age of 94 will be laid to rest on Thursday in his presidential library in College Station, Texas in a military service. The 41st president of the US began serving his term in office in 1989 after serving as Ronald Reagan’s vice president.
On Monday, president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt enacted a law that imposes strict new regulations on aid groups, stoking fears that his government intends to accelerate its harsh crackdown on human rights activists before a presidential election scheduled for next year. The law was approved in November but Sisi was hesitant to sign it as the USA said that if the law were signed they would restrict American aid to the region, but recently Mr. Sisi has appeared emboldened by a burgeoning friendship with President Trump, who has hailed the Egyptian strongman as a “fantastic guy” and indicated that he did not intend to allow human rights issues to sour their relationship.
On Thursday, President Michael Temer of Brazil said in a five minute speech broadcast nationwide regarding a Supreme Court decision authorizing an investigation into allegations he condoned bribery of a potential witness in a major corruption probe, that he had done nothing wrong and would not resign from the presidency. He claimed his presidency was helping turn around Brazil’s economy and he welcomed an investigation so he could prove his innocence. “I did not buy the silence of anyone,” Temer said, referring to the allegations made against him. “I will not resign.”