At least seven people were killed when a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Japanese island of Hokkaido early on Thursday. The earthquake caused landslides which left a large number of homes buried at the foot of a ridge. More than 150 people were injured in the earthquake and Dozens of people remain missing.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told visiting South Korean special envoys on Wednesday that he is ready to accept ‘stronger measures’ to restrict his nuclear program and ‘achieve denuclearization’ during President Trump’s first term. Kim said the two Koreas should continue advancing their joint ties which have approached peace and reconciliation.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey answered questions about their companies’ vulnerability to alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Wednesday. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced that the company has no plans to sell its self-driving car research sect and is on track to launch a first public offering in 2019.
India’s Supreme Court made a landmark decision, ruling that gay sex is no longer a criminal offense. The decision overturns a 2013 ruling which categorized gay sex as an ‘unnatural offense.’ Discrimination based on sexual orientation is now ruled a fundamental violation of rights. India held its first gay pride parade on Saturday before results.
Following an Op-Ed article authored by an unnamed senior Trump administration official was published in the New York Times speaking of a ‘resistance inside the Trump administration’ against President Trump’s ‘reckless decisions,’ Trump responded, saying the piece was ‘really a disgrace’ and ‘gutless.’ The newspaper called publishing the piece a ‘rare move.’
Nineteen people were reported ill after an Emirates airplane was quarantined at JFK Airport in New York. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that of the 521 passengers aboard the flight from Dubai, about 100 initially complained of a flu-like illness. Eleven people went to the hospital while others declined treatment.