United Nations officials accused Facebook of playing a ‘determining role’ in spreading hate speech in Myanmar and influencing possible genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority. UN Myanmar investigator Yanghee Lee says Facebook is an integral part of public, civil, and private life in Myanmar, and the government uses the platform to communicate information to citizens.
President Trump announced on Tuesday, he fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and nominated CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace him, a move which could transform US economic and foreign policy future. Tillerson made a farewell statement, thanking his State Department staff and diplomat network, saying Trump ‘thought it was the right time for the transition.’
Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned British scientist and professor, died, peacefully, at his home in the early hours of Wednesday, at the age of 76. Hawking was recognized for his work with black holes and relativity, and his books including A Brief History of Time. Hawking was diagnosed with fatal motor neuron disease at the age of 21.
The race to decide who will represent Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District is close, with Democrat Conor Lamb having claimed victory, Tuesday night, and Republican Rick Saccone refusing to concede. Just a few hundred votes separate the candidates and absentee votes are being counted. The vote’s result could set the tone for November midterm elections.
The Palestinian Prime Minister’s convoy was hit by an explosion during a rare visit to the Gaza Strip, potentially derailing reconciliation efforts between Palestine’s two main parties on Tuesday. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was unharmed, and no group claimed responsibility for the attack, which Hamdallah considered a failed assassination attempt. Gaza’s ruling Hamas group denied involvement.
China announced, in an effort to expand its global influence, it will establish a new agency to coordinate its foreign aid program. The change reduces China’s State Council by eight to streamline and reduce bureaucratic infighting. The agency will be responsible for forming policies on foreign aid and granting and overseeing aid implementation.
Prosecutors in Broward County, Florida announced, Tuesday, they will seek the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, charged with the fatal shooting at a Parkland high school last month. Prosecutors have commented the crime, which left 17 dead, is ‘the type of case the death penalty was designed for.’ Cruz has remained mute in court proceedings.