A grand jury charged Nikolas Cruz, Florida high school shooter, with a total of 34 counts of premeditated and attempted murder on Wednesday. Cruz could face the death penalty. Florida lawmakers passed a gun control and school safety bill defying NRA, to create new firearms regulations and arm school employees. The bill now goes to the state governor.
With President Trump preparing to sign the plan imposing tariffs on metal imports Thursday, Republican lawmakers appealed to Trump to drop the tariffs, fearing retaliatory action which stunts US economic growth. The White House announced that some countries, including Canada and Mexico, may be exempt from the tariffs for 30 days, on national security grounds.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum revoked the human rights award awarded to Myanmar civil leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, in 2012, citing the Rohingya Muslims massacre continuing under her watch. The museum wrote to the leader, saying they hoped she ‘would have done something to condemn and stop the military’s brutal campaign.’
Senior White House advisor and President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Wednesday, amid tensions between the US and Mexico over the border wall and steel and aluminum tariffs. A potential meeting between the presidents depends on ‘the level of progress achieved’ on various issues, according to the Mexican government.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service released a memo last week, reporting the Trump administration’s decision to lift the ban on importing sport-hunted big game trophies such as Elephant tusks from certain African countries. The agency will now consider importation permits ‘on a case-by-case basis.’ The decision contradicts public statements made by President Trump in support of the ban.
Looking to diversify and expand, Coca-Cola will launch its first alcoholic drink in 125 years in Japan. The president of Coca-Cola’s Japan business, Jorge Garduno, said the decision to try the product in the Japanese market ‘makes sense,’ but added people around the world should not expect ‘this kind of thing from Coca-Cola.’