Barham Salih was elected as the new president of Iraq on Tuesday by the parliament ending months of deadlock following the inconclusive national election in May. British-educated Kurdish politician Salih named Shi’ite Adel Abdul Mahdi as the prime minister-delegate. Salih is a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
Canadian Donna Strickland was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics. Strickland is the first woman to take the prize in Physics in 55 years and just the third woman in history to be awarded the Physics prize. She shares the 2018 prize with American Arthur Askin and French Gerard Mourou. It recognizes their discoveries in the field of laser physics.
The New York Tax Department opened an investigation into allegations by the New York Times that the Trump family created their real estate business through ‘instances of outright fraud’ and evaded taxes on hundreds of millions of dollars. The State Department will now only recognize marriage, not same-sex partnerships when granting visas to diplomats’ partners.
The death toll from the Indonesia tsunami rose to 1,234 on Tuesday as residents in the city of Palu faced their fifth day with scare clean drinking water and food. An Indonesian pilot honored an air traffic controller who died in Friday’s earthquake calling him a ‘guardian angel’ for facilitating a safe take off.
The US envoy to NATO warned Russia on Tuesday it must stop its development of a banned cruise missile system or the US will attempt to destroy it before it is operational. Moscow denies the violation. Russia announced it delivered new anti-aircraft missiles to Syria after a Russian aircraft was shot down accidentally.
Amazon raised the wages of US and UK workers after facing political criticism about working conditions and its founder’s wealth. The change will go into effect November 1st, raising the minimum wage for US workers to $15 per hour, benefitting over 250,000 employees. The wage changes apply to other subsidiary employees including Whole Foods.
Four members of militant white supremacist group Rise Above Movement (RAM) were arrested on Tuesday for their connection with last year’s violent Unite the Right rally. The men traveled from California to Charlottesville, Virginia to ‘commit violent acts in furtherance of a riot.’ They all face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.