US national security adviser John Bolton announced Monday that the US will use “any means necessary” to protect its citizens and allies from prosecution by the International Criminal Court. Bolton pushed for sanctions over an ICC investigation into alleged American war crimes in Afghanistan. He also announced on Monday the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington because of its calls for an ICC inquiry into Israel.
Evacuations have been ordered as the US East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence – in what may be the strongest storm to hit the region in decades. South Carolina residents have been ordered to evacuate from the coast as the state prepares for the category four hurricane to make landfall later this week. More than 1 million people face mandatory evacuation orders in coastal areas of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Russia is set to hold its largest military drills in almost four decades beginning Tuesday involving about 300,000 service personnel, in eastern Siberia. The war games would be the biggest since 1981. The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the drills were essential to ensure Russia could defend itself amid the “current international situation, which is often aggressive and unfriendly.”
California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that would require all of the state’s electricity to come from carbon-free sources by 2045. California is the second US state after Hawaii to commit to carbon-free energy. The measure will eliminate the reliance on fossil fuels to power homes, businesses and factories in the world’s fifth-largest economy.
Advancement in DNA testing has led to the identification of more victims of 9/11, 17 years after the deadly terrorist attack in New York City rocked the world. The death toll from the World Trade Centre attack was 2,753, but around 1000 of the victims are yet to be positively identified. The technique involves the extraction of genetic material from Ground Zero and creating DNA profiles from remains that were unusable in the past.