Attorney General Jeff Sessions was fired on Wednesday by President Trump. Trump announced that Sessions’ chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will step in as the acting attorney general. Sessions sent a formal resignation letter to President Trump, saying ‘at your request, I am submitting my resignation.’ Whitaker will likely take charge of the Russian investigation.
Violence in Yemen’s key port city Hodeidah has escalated despite US calls for a ceasefire. UN humanitarian coordinator Lisa Grande says the violence is ‘some of the fiercest fighting’ seen in months. Saudi King Salman began an unprecedented domestic tour on Tuesday amid the international crisis following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The 82-year-old monarch was joined by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The students and bus driver kidnapped from a Cameroon boarding school were released by their captors and reunited with their families on Tuesday. Of the 78 students, two remain missing in addition to the school’s principal and a teacher. The kidnappers reportedly asked students if their parents held high-ranking government positions.
A Pakistani Christian woman was freed from prison just a week after the Supreme Court overturned her conviction and death sentence for blasphemy against Islam. Asia Bibi is currently being held at a secure location to protect against possible attacks. Bibi’s husband pleaded for asylum with several countries offering to grant the request.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a formal apology on Wednesday for the country’s 1939 refusal to accept a ship carrying over 900 Jewish refugees. Trudeau added that more will be done to protect Canadian Jews from violence and called on all Canadians to ‘stand up against xenophobic and antisemitic attitudes.’
Six employees were fired from Ryanair after they allegedly staged photos of themselves sleeping on the floor of Malaga Airport in Spain when weather issues forced them to stay overnight. Ryanair later released footage of the employees getting into position for the photos. The airline said the crew’s behavior ‘damaged their employer’s reputation.’