Apple reached a historic milestone on Thursday becoming the first publicly traded US company to hit a market value of $1 trillion. The company’s stock started rising on Tuesday after reporting better results than expected for its last quarter. Apple beat Silicon Valley rivals like Microsoft and Amazon to reach the milestone first.
Thousands of high school students in Bangladesh have been protesting, demanding justice and road safety measures, for five days after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus. Bangladeshi authorities were forced to shut down thousands of high schools due to the demonstrations. Bangladesh’s transport system is widely perceived as corrupt and dangerous.
Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF party became the official winner of the first elections since the ousting of authoritarian leader Robert Mugabe on Friday. Mnangagwa’s win continues nearly four decades of rule by the party. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) officials announced that Mnangagwa won 50.8% of votes. Mnangagwa called his win a ‘new beginning.’.
Pope Francis took a strong stance on Thursday when he declared the death penalty is wrong in all cases. The Pope’s stance moves away from arguments by many Catholic politicians, judges, and officials who have said their church is not entirely opposed to capital punishment. The Catholic Catechism was revised to call the death penalty ‘inadmissible.’
The Trump administration announced its proposal on Thursday to freeze anti-pollution and fuel-efficiency standards for cars, weakening a signature Obama era policy to combat global warming. California and 18 other states vowed to fight the proposal to protect the environment for future generations. The proposal could become a polarizing issue in November elections.
Three foreign caterers were found shot dead outside of Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday after being kidnapped during their morning commute. The incident comes amid rising criminal activities involving Afghanistan nationals in recent months. The motive behind the incident remains unclear. The victims were from India, Malaysia, and Macedonia and worked for French services giant Sodexo.
A bipartisan group of influential senators including Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and three prominent Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday to impose ‘crushing’ new sanctions on Russia. The bill also expresses support for NATO and would require two-thirds of the Senate to vote in favor of any effort to leave the alliance.