President Trump signed the controversial orders imposing heavy tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Thursday, defying opposition from his own party and overseas allies. Trump chose to exempt Mexico and Canada from the tariffs. Meanwhile, US allies signed a separate free-trade deal, which the US had originally negotiated, but backed out of, challenging Trump’s view on trade.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the African Union in Ethiopia, Thursday, in the highest-level visit to sub-Saharan Africa by a member of the Trump administration. Tillerson warned African countries to practice caution accepting loans from China, as the African Union commission chairman expressed his satisfaction with Tillerson, following derogatory remarks by President Trump early this year.
The trial for the death of Swedish journalist Kim Wall began Thursday in Copenhagen with the defendant, Danish inventor Peter Madsen, denying murder, saying Wall’s death was an accident. In one of the most gruesome murder trials in Danish history, Madsen claimed Wall died from carbon monoxide poisoning but admitted to dismembering her body and disposing it at sea. Madsen faces a life sentence if convicted.
The health insurer, Cigna, announced, Thursday, it will acquire Express Scripts Holding, the largest pharmacy benefits manager in the US, in a $52 billion deal. Express Scripts is responsible for the prescription plans of over 80 million Americans. The companies say the deal benefits consumers by merging medical and pharmacy histories, improving treatment and lowering costs.
A new study conducted by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that fake news spreads ‘farther, faster, deeper’ than real news. The study, which examined the way news spread on Twitter over 12 years, showed that people prefer false news and that false claims are 70% more likely to be shared than truth.
South Korean officials announced that an in-person meeting between US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is planned to take place in May. Trump praised North Korea’s ‘great progress,’ but said sanctions will remain in place despite Jong-un’s ‘commitment to denuclearization.’ If the two leaders meet as planned, it will be the first meeting between sitting leaders of the two countries.