Democratic and Republican politicians have sharply criticized President Trump’s plan to use emergency powers to pay for a border wall with Mexico. The rarely-used move would enable Mr Trump to bypass Congress, which has refused to approve the money needed. Senior Democrats accused the president of a “gross abuse of power” and a “lawless act”. Several Republicans also voiced concern at the plan. Declaring a national emergency would give Mr Trump access to billions of dollars for his project.
Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise struck a combative note on Thursday in his first address since violent protests flared in the capital, defying calls for his ouster but urging dialogue to address soaring inflation and alleged misuse of funds. Thousands of demonstrators have been calling for days for Moise to resign and for an independent probe into the whereabouts of funds from the PetroCaribe agreement, an alliance between Caribbean countries and Venezuela. The protests, which have reportedly killed several people and injured many others, have highlighted widespread anxieties about the state of the economy, amid ballooning inflation and people’s struggle to pay for basic necessities.
A suicide bomber rammed a car into a bus carrying Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir on Thursday, killing 44 of them in the deadliest attack in decades on security forces in the disputed region, raising tensions with arch foe Pakistan. The Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack. The Indian government accused Pakistan of letting militant groups operate from its soil and called on it to take action. Islamabad said it rejected the suggestion it was linked to the attack.
Amazon will no longer build its additional headquarters in New York City. The decision announced Thursday comes after an outcry from local politicians, union leaders and community organizers who had organized weeks of protests against massive financial breaks promised to Amazon, one of the world’s most valuable companies. It is also a big reversal of its much-hyped decision to build the campus in Queens after a highly publicized nationwide search that lasted over a year. Amazon said it will not search for a new location for another HQ to replace New York City.
More than half a million babies may have died because of wars in the last five years, charity Save the Children has reported. Their research suggests 300 babies are dying every day, working out as an average of more than 100,000 deaths annually. The charity found at least 550,000 deaths of children under the age of one could be attributed to the effects of conflict in the 10 worst-affected conflict zones, including Yemen, Syria and Iraq, between 2013 and 2017. The deaths of these children may have been caused by starvation, outbreaks of disease, damage to hospitals, or delays to aid deliveries.