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In the most significant action against Moscow since President Trump took office, sanctions were imposed on Thursday on a collection of Russian individuals and organizations in response to interference with the 2016 election and other ‘malicious cyberattacks.’ Officials have called the various attacks ‘the most destructive and costly’ in history. Russia has started creating counter-measures.
A new pedestrian bridge in Miami, Florida, collapsed Thursday, killing at least 4 people and sending 10 survivors to the hospital. The bridge, designed to connect the Florida International University and the city of Sweetwater, was situated just 5 days earlier and celebrated for ‘accelerated construction.’ The bridge was scheduled to open early next year.
In his first interview since leaving his post, former president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe described his November departure as a ‘coup d’etat’ that ‘we must undo.’ Mugabe claims he was forced to accept his replacement by current President Emmanuel Mnangagwa to avoid widespread bloodshed. Mugabe said the transition was ‘truly a military takeover.’
President Trump is preparing to replace another top official, national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, before scheduled meetings with North Korea in May. Trump is reportedly ‘now comfortable’ to remove McMaster but taking his time to avoid embarrassing the general. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied reports, commenting, ‘there are no changes at the NSC.’
Officials confirmed that at least some onboard were killed after the Thursday crash of an American HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter in Iraq. Seven personnel were onboard including trainers, advisers, and special forces. The helicopter was not on a combat mission and officials have not indicated hostile fire. Officials will investigate the cause of the crash.
Following a Snapchat ad asking users to choose to ‘slap Rihanna’ or ‘punch Chris Brown,’ Rihanna took to Instagram criticizing the domestic violence portrayal, sending Snapchat stocks sinking by 4%, wiping $1Bn off its parent company. Chris Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault in 2009, after brutally beating Rihanna. Snapchat apologized, saying the ad ‘never should have appeared on our service.’