A public Senate hearing is scheduled for next week on a sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford will testify. Ford claims Kavanaugh assaulted her over 30 years ago, accusations Kavanaugh calls ‘completely false.’ President Trump said he expects a ‘little delay’ in Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation.
Elon Musk’s space transportation company SpaceX named its first private voyage passenger for a trip around the moon on Monday as Japanese billionaire and founder of Zozo Yusaku Maezawa. British cave diver Vernon Unsworth, who aided in the rescue of 12 Thai boys, is suing Elon Musk for defamation citing repeated accusations of child abuse.
The Trump administration announced new tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports on Monday in a move that will affect a wide range of consumer products. President Trump said the latest round of tariffs was in response to China’s ‘unfair trade practices’. China said they will retaliate against the latest wave of tariffs.
Jaguar Land Rover announced that 2,000 staff members will transition to a three-day week due to dropping sales of diesel vehicles and increasing Brexit fears. The Castle Bromwich plant in the West Midlands will provide full pay to workers who work reduced hours. The change will run through Christmas and ultimately prevent job cuts.
Russia and Turkey agreed to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Syria’s Idlib province to separate rebel fighters and government forces and prevent a humanitarian crisis. The zone will be patrolled by Russian troops backing the Syrian government and Turkish troops siding with the rebels. The zone will be between 9 to 12 miles wide.
It was announced on Monday that the Trump administration will cap the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the US at 30,000 for fiscal-year 2019, the lowest ceiling placed on the program since its creation in 1980. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the record low number reflected the ‘daunting operational reality’ of the refugee crisis. The new cap comes amid efforts by President Trump to control immigration.
Guatemala’s government defied a decision by a top court to allow the return of Ivan Velasquez, the head of a UN-backed anti-corruption commission. Officials say they have the right to force his replacement. The government challenged the court’s Sunday ruling saying it does not mention Velasquez by name so they can fill his commissioner position.