The US announced its ‘toughest ever’ sanctions on Iran on Monday, sparking mass protests. All sanctions that were removed under the 2015 nuclear deal have been reinstated. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the reinstating of sanctions will force Tehran to stop sponsoring terrorism. The EU is looking to bypass US sanctions. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to “break” swingeing sanctions re-imposed by the US targeting core parts of the economy.
Voters in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia rejected independence in a referendum decided with 56.4% of the vote. With a high voter turnout of over 80%, the decision was clear. French President Emmanuel Macron said he had ‘immense pride’ in the decision which showed ‘confidence’ in the French Republic.
Scott Beierle who killed two women at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida before killing himself, posted a variety of racist and misogynistic videos and songs before the attack. Police reports claim Beierle had been previously accused of harassing other women in the area. Five other people were wounded in the attack.
Months after he was acquitted by the Bahraini High Court of First Tier, Bahrain opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman was given a life sentence after being found guilty of spying for Qatar by the Court of Appeal. Human rights group Amnesty calls the decision a ‘travesty of justice,’ claiming that authorities aim to silence dissent.
The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, also known as “El Chapo”, is set to start on Monday in New York. According to the indictment, the Sinaloa cartel, which Guzman is accused of leading from 1989 to 2014, became “the largest drug trafficking organization in the world”. Guzman who escaped twice from Mexican prisons is charged with 17 counts, including murder conspiracy, drug-trafficking, and money-laundering.
A bus crashed in China killing 15 people after a woman attacked the driver. Chinese authorities released a video clip on Friday ending the mystery surrounding the crash. The death toll has risen to 29 in Italy’s historic flooding after 12 people died in Sicily. Flooding has caused more than $1 billion in damage.
Brent Taylor the mayor of North Ogden, Utah was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday. Taylor held dual roles as the mayor of North Ogden and a soldier in the Utah National Guard. Taylor had previously served in Afghanistan along with two tours of duty in Iraq. Authorities believe Taylor died in an ‘inside attack.’