The world’s largest sea-crossing bridge between mainland China and Hong Kong and Macau officially opened Tuesday nine years after construction began. The 55-kilometer bridge cost $20 billion and was originally set to open in 2016. At least 18 workers died on the project due to safety issues. The bridge will welcome traffic on Wednesday.
President Trump announced on Monday that he alerted US military that the migrant caravan approaching from Mexico constituted a ‘national emergency,’ asserting that aid to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras will be cut off. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned of ‘potentially catastrophic’ Hurricane Wilma which is set to make landfall in Mexico on Tuesday.
Turkish officials captured law enforcement surveillance footage showing a member of the team suspected in Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death dressed in his clothes around Istanbul on the day he was killed. Turkey‘s president said the killing was “a very savage murder” and had been premeditated. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince despite concern over the country’s involvement in Khashoggi’s death.
The Department of Health and Human Services has reportedly been circulating a memo to specify the federal government’s definition of ‘sex’ under Title XI in a change that could exclude transgender people from a collection of legal protections. People gathered to protest the alleged change on Monday using the hashtag #Won’tBeErased.
A study conducted by the Environment Agency Austria discovered the presence of microplastics in human stool for the first time. The study examined participants from Russia, Japan, and Europe and plastic was found in all samples. The study estimated that ‘more than 50% of the world’ could have microplastics in their stool.
The world’s oldest intact shipwreck was discovered in the Black Sea in 2017. The Greek trading vessel was found in a well-known ‘shipwreck graveyard’ containing at least another 60 ships. The newly discovered ship was a trading vessel previously only seen on ancient Greek pottery. The ship was carbon dated to 500 B.C.