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President Trump pulled out of the summit with North Korea on Thursday citing the ‘tremendous anger and open hostility’ displayed by the North in recent public statements as the reason. The abrupt cancellation raises fears of heightened tensions about the East Asian nuclear power. North Korea is willing to talk ‘at any time in any form.’
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to New York police on Friday following an investigation into sexual misconduct charges. Weinstein will face charges including accusations of rape and sexual assault. Weinstein denies engaging in non-consensual sex with anyone. The allegations against Weinstein prompted the beginning of the #MeToo movement.
Dutch prosecutors identified a Russian military unit as the source of the missile which shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine in 2014 and killed 298 people. The US State Department said it has ‘complete confidence’ in the findings. Following the Dutch announcement on Thursday, Russia denied any involvement in the incident.
The preliminary report released on Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed early police reports and showed that a built-in emergency braking system was disabled before a self-driving Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in March. A day before the report was released, Uber announced it is shutting down testing operations in Arizona.
The market value of Netflix increased on Thursday, leading the company to overtake Disney as the most valuable media company. Although Disney regained the lead by the end of the day, Netflix still remains in second place ahead of Comcast. The company’s shares rose 1.8% on Thursday to reach a market value of $152.6 billion.
Scientists believe that the ancestors of modern birds may have survived the asteroid strike which caused a mass extinction 66 million years ago by living on the forest floor. The new theory is based on the study of fossilized plants and ornithological data and suggests that birds had to rediscover flight following the strike.