In an interview with Axiom released on Tuesday, President Trump claimed he has the power to end birthright citizenship in the US. Trump promised to end birthright citizenship of children born to non-citizens, highlighting his stance on immigration. House Speaker Paul Ryan responded to Trump’s vow, saying ‘you obviously cannot do that.’
Following the Saudi government’s admission that the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded that Saudi-led forces in Yemen stop using airstrikes in populated areas. Pompeo said, ‘it is time to end this conflict,’ calling on all involved parties to invoke a ceasefire ‘in the next 30 days.’
As fierce storms continue in Italy causing schools to close and tourists to be trapped, the death toll from resulting floods has risen to 11. Winds reached speeds up to 110 mph in some parts of the country causing flooding and falling trees. The basilica was flooded for just the second time this century.
President Trump and First lady Melania Trump paid their respects at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania synagogue where 11 people were killed in a shooting over the weekend. Protestors gathered outside the synagogue to express their disapproval of Trump. President Trump placed stones on memorials outside the synagogue to honor Jewish custom.
Boston gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger was found dead in federal prison on Tuesday. Bulger was reportedly beaten to death by fellow inmates nearly five years after being sentenced to life in prison. Bulger was killed one day after being transferred to a high-security prison in West Virginia. His death is being investigated as a homicide.
The WWF released a report claiming that ‘exploding human consumption’ caused a major drop in global wildlife population in recent years. The report says that losses in vertebrate species including fish, birds, and mammals averaged 60% between 1970 and 2014. The report is published every two years to assess the state of the world’s wildlife.
German ex-nurse Niels Hogel admitted to killing 100 patients during his trial. Hogel was accused of administering fatal doses of medication to patients and inducing cardiac arrest. Prosecutors claim Hogel’s motive was to impress colleagues by reviving patients. Hogel is currently serving a life sentence for the deaths of 6 patients.
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has announced she will not seek re-election after her term ends in 2021. Merkel made the announcement at a news conference in Berlin having faced a number of recent setbacks. Ms. Merkel has been the leader of the center-right Christian Democratic Union party since 2000 and has been Germany’s chancellor since 2005.
President Trump will send more than 5,000 active duty soldiers to help “harden” the U.S.-Mexico border in the coming days, the Pentagon announced on Monday. The massive deployment is the latest action taken by the Trump administration to the caravan of several thousand Central American asylum seekers currently traveling through Mexico toward the United States.
Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said his government will cancel Mexico City’s $13.3 billion airport that is under construction, and instead build a terminal and two runways at a military base north of the capital. The decision followed a controversial four-day public consultation launched by López Obrador in which about 70% of the slightly more than one million people who voted opted for the alternative project.