President Trump threatened to pull the US out of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in an interview on Thursday, saying he will withdraw ‘if they don’t shape up.’ The WTO serves the purpose of establishing rules for global trade and resolving conflict between countries. Trump says the body too often rules against the US.
New Mexico authorities have confirmed that there are at least seven fatalities in connection with the Thursday afternoon Greyhound bus crash on Interstate 40. A semi-tractor trailer experienced a ‘tire blowout’ causing it to collide head-on with the nearly full bus of 49 passengers. Authorities reported ‘multiple serious injuries’ among bus passengers.
Australian filmmaker James Ricketson was sentenced to six years in Cambodian prison after being convicted of espionage. Ricketson worked as a journalist and video documenter in Cambodia since 1995 and was arrested in 2017 for flying a drone at a political rally. Ricketson’s family called on the Australian government to pressure Cambodia to release him.
A memorial service was held for late Senator John McCain in a Phoenix, Arizona church on Thursday. Nearly a quarter of McCain’s fellow senators, both Republican and Democrat, attended along with over 1,000 Arizona residents. McCain was eulogized by people including former Vice President Joe Biden and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
The Justice Department is supporting a group of Asian-Americans suing Harvard University over affirmative action policies. The group of plaintiffs rejected from admission claim Harvard’s policies discriminate against Asian-American applicants. The Justice Department called Harvard’s admission practices ‘racial balancing.’ Harvard denies the claim. The case highlights the Trump administration’s skepticism of affirmative action in education.
The International Space Station (ISS) experienced a leak after being hit by space junk or a micrometeorite. A drop in pressure was identified by Houston and Moscow mission flight controllers on Thursday, prompting astronauts to discover a 2mm hole in the Russian section of the station. An immediate fix using sealant and tape was implemented.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday that a North American Free Trade Agreement revision deal could happen by Friday. Trudeau said a deal hinges on whether ‘there is ultimately a good deal for Canada.’ Meanwhile, A Trump administration decision to impose tariffs on Canadian newsprint was overturned by the US International Trade Commission.
Argentina asked for an early release of a $50 billion loan from the IMF, a move President Mauricio Macri claims is meant to instill confidence in the economy. This year the Argentinian peso lost more than 40% of its value against the US dollar. The IMF said it is studying Argentina’s request for early funding.
Andrew Gillum the liberal Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida achieved an upset in Tuesday’s primaries to become the first black nominee for governor in the state’s history. Gillum’s victory comes as a collection of African-American Democrats run for governorships. President Trump abruptly announced Wednesday that White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II will be leaving his post.
President Trump issued a White House statement on Wednesday blaming China for difficulties in US-North Korea relations, saying ‘North Korea is under tremendous pressure from China.’. Trump commented that there is ‘no reason at this time’ for joint military exercises with South Korea. The Beijing government said the US was trying to ‘distort facts.’