The United Nations claims that North Korea has been sending supplies to Syria which could be used for the production of chemical weapons, amid accusations of chemical weapon use on civilians from the US and other countries against the Syrian government. The UN report cites the danger of trade between the two countries.
President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, had his security clearance downgraded Friday, restricting his access to top-secret information, amid an investigation into his background and the discovery that at least four countries discussed his manipulation to their advantage. Further, four Commerce Department political appointees lost their jobs, Tuesday, due to background check problems.
Temperatures in the North Pole reached the melting point of 32 degrees, Sunday, 50 degrees more than the norm for this time of year. There has been an unprecedented rise in temperature for nine days. Scientists claim the cause is a ‘warm air intrusion’ bringing mild and moist air and sending the chilly Arctic air to Europe. Temperatures above freezing in February have only been recorded three times for the past 20 years, first in 2011, then in 2017 and now.
Comcast announced their plan, Tuesday, to bid $31 billion for the purchase of British satellite broadcaster Sky, topping the offer of 21st Century Fox. 21st Century Fox has had difficulties acquiring Sky, as British regulators are concerned about giving more control to the Fox owner, Rupert Murdoch’s family. Comcast says buying Sky will help the company’s European expansion.
The new chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, made his public debut Tuesday, saying his expectations for domestic economic growth within the year have increased while maintaining a cautious tone. Powell told the House Financial Services Committee that he is not worried by recent stock issues and is committed to ‘clearly explaining’ Fed thinking.
The highest administrative court in Germany ruled, Tuesday, that vehicles can be banned from some city streets to improve air quality in urban areas. The decision called for ‘proportionality,’ so only older models with the highest emissions will be banned. The decision is feared to raise far-reaching consequences for the country’s automakers and the diesel technology they promoted for decades.
The Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME, which focuses on whether it’s unconstitutional to require government employees to fund unions that represent them, began Monday. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who generally votes with conservatives and likely holds the decisive vote, asked no questions. The court’s decision is crucial to the future of the labor movement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a daily five-hour ‘humanitarian pause’ in the Syrian government’s attacks on eastern Ghouta, starting Tuesday, including the facilitation of a ‘human corridor’ through which civilians can leave. The ceasefire will take place every day from 9 am to 2 pm.
The Supreme Court declined a White House request that it make an immediate decision about whether the Trump administration can shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Monday. The court ordered the maintenance of major aspects of the program, temporarily protecting DACA ‘Dreamers’ from immediate deportation and relieving pressure to finalize legislation.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman replaced top military leaders including the chief of staff, in a collection of late-night decrees, according to the Saudi Press Agency. Though no reason for the replacements was reported, they are believed to have been made on the recommendation of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the minister of defense.