Following President Trump’s promise to work for improved gun control measures after the Florida High School shooting, he retreated, Monday, instead embracing the agenda of the National Rifle Association. Trump now supports the NRA’s plan for small improvements to the background check system and arming ‘highly trained expert teachers’ with concealed weapons.
A passenger plane from Bangladesh crashed into a field, near the Kathmandu, Nepal airport, and burst into flames, Monday, killing at least 49 of the 71 people on board. According to the Tribhuvan Airport general manager Raj Kumar Chhetri, the plane was ordered not to land by air traffic control, but the pilot was unresponsive.
Following a poison attack on a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Monday, British investigators determined it is ‘highly likely’ Russia executed the poisoning. Investigators say the poison was a ‘military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.’ Russia denies responsibility for the attack.
Austin Police announced, Monday, they ‘see similarities’ between three package explosions within ten days, two of which were fatal, and warned residents not to handle any unexpected packages. The first blast occurred March 2nd, while the other two happened hours apart on Monday. Police are exploring the possibility of hate crimes based on victims’ races.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said, Saturday, Russian citizens charged in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election may not have been Russians, but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews with Russian citizenship, prompting Democrats to urge the use of ‘all resources available’ for extradition. The investigation was closed, Monday, with no evidence that Trump’s campaign cooperated with the Kremlin found.
Blocking one of the biggest technology deals in history, President Trump ordered Singapore-based Broadcom to withdraw its $117 billion bid for Qualcomm. Trump claimed ‘credible evidence’ led him to make the decision in order to ensure the national security of the US. The move highlights Trump’s desire to protect American companies from foreign competition.