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.
Indonesia is deploying underwater beacons to trace the black box recorders of an airliner that plunged into the sea, with all 189 people aboard feared dead. Ground staff lost contact with flight JT610 of budget airline Lion Air early yesterday, 13 minutes after it had left the airport in Jakarta.
A recent study finds new mums who become pregnant less than a year after giving birth could be putting themselves and their unborn baby in danger. The discovery was made by experts at University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public health. Parents who waited 12 to 18 months after their first child reduced the short and long term risks to both the mother and baby.