As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, the US asked its global allies to increase sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and calling for an end to the Qatar dispute. While meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, Pompeo expressed concerns about Iran’s ‘threats towards Israel.’
A top Facebook executive answered to an inquisition panel in Britain on Thursday and faced decidedly tougher questioning than what CEO Mark Zuckerberg dealt with in the US, highlighting the different approaches to privacy and personal data protection. Meanwhile, US congressional lawmakers addressed accusations that companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter censor conservative news.
Despite experiencing a major crisis and investigation into its privacy policies, Facebook’s net profit has reached an all-time high of $4.9 billion. The company’s first quarter saw a 63% increase in profit and 49% increase in revenue resulting from mobile advertising growth. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is ‘off to a strong start in 2018.’
A Copenhagen court convicted the submarine inventor Peter Madsen, 47, guilty of premeditated killing of Kim Wall, 30, whom prosecutors said he bound, tortured, sexually assaulted and stabbed repeatedly after she went on his submarine, the UC3 Nautilus, to interview him. He was sentenced to life in prison. The murder trial was one of the most gruesome and closely watched cases in Scandinavian history.
The Trump administration’s first state dinner is scheduled for Tuesday and French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to encourage President Trump to preserve the nuclear agreement with Iran. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit the White House on Friday and reinforce the encouragement. Macron will also urge Trump to remain engaged with Syria.
A suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan killed at least 57 people and wounded another 119 on Sunday as they waited to register to vote at a government office. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was aimed at ‘apostate’ Shiites. The attack raises concerns about violence undermining Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections.
Tim Bergling the Swedish D.J. and electronic dance music producer known as Avicii was found dead at the age of 28 on Friday in Oman. Avicii had previously announced retirement in March of 2016, saying ‘I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while.’ No cause of death was specified. Police in Oman have declared there was no “criminal suspicion” in the death of Acicii.
Cyclist Lance Armstrong reached a $5 million settlement with the US federal government in a case originally filed by Armstrong’s former US Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis that could have cost him $100 million in damages. The joint lawsuit followed his legacy shattering confession to using steroid and other performance-enhancing methods while competing.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for presidential and parliamentary elections to occur in June on Wednesday, over a year ahead of schedule, saying they will make Turkey ‘stronger and more effective.’ Erdogan and allies claim political changes in Turkey will prevent instability, while critics claim the new system leads Turkey to one-man rule.
Starbucks will shut down over 8,000 US stores for one day next month for ‘racial bias’ training to prevent discrimination. The development comes following the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia store. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said he learned ‘what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it.’