The US announced on Monday its decision to reinstate economic sanctions on Iran lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. The decision aims to force Iran to shut down nuclear enrichment efforts, curb weapons program and end support of brutal Middle East governments. President Trump later Twitted “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.”
A study by an international team of researchers published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claims the Earth is heading toward boiling hot temperatures and towering seas in the centuries to come. The study says a ‘hothouse Earth’ will threaten the ‘habitability of the planet for human beings.’
Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify took aggressive steps to penalize conspiracy theorist and right-wing talk show host Alex John for violating hate speech policies. The companies deleted years of John’s content from their platforms, including podcasts published by John’s website Infowars. The move has sparked debate about technology companies blocking the spread of objectionable material.
Rick Gates testified in court on Monday that he was involved in criminal activity with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s star witness, Gates served as Manafort’s business partner for nearly a decade until 2016. Gates initially pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and lying to federal authorities in February.
The Pentagon announced new restrictions on the use of electronics with GPS software such as fitness trackers by American troops in combat zones on Monday. The devices themselves will not be banned, but geolocation features which could reveal location will be required to be disabled.
PepsiCo’s first female chief executive Indra Nooyi is stepping down after 12 years at the top of the food-and-beverage company. She was Pepsi’s first foreign-born chief executive and also one of the few minority female leaders of a major corporation. Nascar CEO and chairman Brian Z. France is taking an indefinite leave of absence after being arrested on charges of drunken driving and drug possession.