Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to employees on Thursday in response to a New York Times report which claimed Google protected executives from sexual misconduct allegations. Pichai revealed that 48 people were fired over the past two years for sexual harassment. Pichai highlighted new tools Google employees can use to report sexual harassment.
NATO launched its largest military exercises since the Cold War era in response to Russia’s expanding presence in the Arctic and Baltic Sea. The Trident Juncture war games began on Thursday in places from Iceland to Finland. The games will include approximately 50,000 soldiers, 10,00 tanks, 250 aircraft, 65 ships, and more.
The FBI searched a mail facility in Miami, Florida as investigators attempt to learn more about the sending of a collection of suspected explosives. Explosives were sent to various high-profile figures, including former president Barack Obama. President Trump is reportedly considering taking executive action to prevent migrants, including asylum seekers, from entering the US through the southern border.
President Trump has been briefed by CIA director Gina Haspel on her visit to Turkey about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia has contradicted original official statements, now claiming Khashoggi’s murder was premeditated. Khashoggi’s eldest son returned to Washington from Saudi Arabia with his family on Thursday.
At least 18 people were killed when flooding hit a school trip in Jordan’s Dead Sea region. Flash floods carried the bus away and into a popular picnic area. A large scale rescue mission was launched including helicopters sent by Israel. Rescuers have managed to save 34 people from the area.
Sahle-Work Zewde was elected by the Ethiopian parliament as the country’s first female president. President Sahle-Work vowed to focus on gender equality in Ethiopia and to promote peace. Sahle-Work was appointed to the ceremonial position of president a week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed created a cabinet with women filling half of the positions.