The Trump administration announced on Wednesday the imposition of new sanctions on Russia as punishment for use of nerve agent in the UK attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The sanctions will include a ban on a wide range of exports and other measures. Russia criticized the sanctions as ‘draconian.’
Prosecutors said on Wednesday the five suspects accused of abusing 11 children at a desert compound in New Mexico were training them to use weapons and commit school shootings. The remains found on Monday are those of the missing 3-year-old son of suspect Siraj Ibn Wahhaj. Prosecutors asked that the suspects be held without bail.
After months of debate, the Argentina Senate rejected to pass a bill to legalize abortions for pregnancies up to 14 weeks. The rejection comes despite overwhelming support from the public. Pro-choice activists believe pressure from the Catholic church prevented the bill’s passing. The vote defied the recent trend of predominantly Catholic nations increasing abortion accessibility.
New York City became the first city in the nation to pass a cap on Uber, Lyft, and other for-hire vehicles along with a minimum wage for drivers. The measures aim to offset the growth of the ride-hailing industry. The move was prompted by growing concerns over financial turmoil for drivers and worsening street congestion.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced three changes to the Oscars. The show will run for three hours, a new category will be added for achievement in popular film, and the 92nd Oscars will air earlier in the year. The changes reflect the Academy’s determination to reverse sinking viewership.
Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, tweeted on Tuesday he is considering taking Tesla private and claiming ‘Funding secured.’ Tesla did not comment. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended the decision to allow Alex Jones to remain on the platform after his content was removed from other social media sites due to violation of hate speech guidelines.