Hurricane Michael hit mainland US on Wednesday, killing two people and causing flooding, falling trees, and power outages. The category four storm is the third-strongest recorded in history to hit mainland US. Thirteen people were already killed in the storm when it passed through Central America. Michael has now weakened to a tropical storm.
President Trump increased the pressure on Saudi Arabia to provide answers in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, calling it ‘a very serious situation.’ The Turkish government published preliminary evidence on Wednesday claiming a 15-person Saudi intelligence team had been identified in the disappearance. Saudi Arabia denies accusations that Khashoggi was killed.
The Dow experienced its worst plunge since February on Wednesday dropping more than 800 points putting Wall Street in line for its worst day in eight months. Asian markets slumped as a result of the major Dow drop on Wednesday. The stock market drops were caused by worries about trade tensions and bond markets.
In the wake of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s fall and the birth of the #MeToo movement, India has joined the conversation with a collection of sexual misconduct allegations in Bollywood. The increase in reports of sexual harassment has put greater pressure on major Indian employers to respond seriously and enforce legal protections.
A string of police raids took place within Belgian football related to an investigation into match-fixing, money laundering, and corruption around Europe. Several raids were connected to football agent Mogi Bayat who was arrested for illegal transfer deals. Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s denial of rape allegations against him, his lawyer says documents are ‘completely fabricated.’
Pope Francis addressed an audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Wednesday and said abortion is like hiring ‘a hitman to solve a problem.’ The Pope is facing criticism for speaking against abortion which opposes the Roman Catholic Church’s traditional teachings. His remarks have been called ‘absurd’ by campaign group Christians for Choice.
Amazon stopped the use of a secret AI recruiting tool after the company’s machine-learning specialists realized the engine was biased against women. The programs were designed to review resumes and identify top talent. The machine vetted applicants based on 10-year patterns which resulted in male-dominated results. Amazon did not comment on the recruiting tool.