Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down on Tuesday after 20 years in office, and six weeks of massive nationwide protests aimed at pushing him and his much-criticized inner circle from power to create a real democracy in the gas-rich nation. The announcement followed soon after a sternly-worded call from the powerful army chief for Bouteflika, 82 and ailing, to “immediately” bow out. The Constitutional Council was expected to convene Wednesday to formalize his departure.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday sought to quell a crisis that threatens his chances of re-election, expelling from party ranks two former Cabinet members he said had undermined the ruling Liberals. Trudeau said former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and former Treasury Board chief Jane Philpott would no longer be allowed to sit as Liberal legislators. The Liberals have been in turmoil since Wilson-Raybould said in February that officials had inappropriately pressured her last year while she was justice minister to ensure that construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc escape a corruption trial.
A woman carrying two Chinese passports and a device containing computer malware lied to Secret Service agents and briefly gained admission to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club over the weekend during his Florida visit, federal prosecutors allege in court documents. Yujing Zhang, 32, approached a Secret Service agent at a checkpoint outside the Palm Beach club early Saturday afternoon and said she was a member who wanted to use the pool, court documents said. There is no indication Zhang was ever near the president.
Canada is warming on average at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world, a new scientific report indicates. Canada’s Arctic has seen the deepest impact and will continue to warm at more than double the global rate. Canada’s annual average temperature has increased by an estimated 1.7C (3F) since 1948, when nationwide temperatures were first recorded. The report suggests that many of the effects already seen are probably irreversible.
Bitcoin jumped suddenly on Tuesday, following months of relatively low volatility in an asset once known for its wild price swings. Earlier Tuesday, bitcoin briefly touched the $5,000 mark on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange. The digital asset has added over $14 billion to its market value in the last 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap. It comes after a massive slump for the cryptocurrency market last year. Bitcoin fell over 76 percent in 2018, and is still well below an all-time high near $20,000 it notched in December 2017.
The fast-food company said Monday that it’s testing a soy-based meat patty, dubbed the “Impossible Whopper,” in 59 restaurants in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Burger King is developing the meatless patty with Impossible Foods, a California-based producer of plant-based substitutes whose meatless burgers are served by chains Red Robin and White Castle, along with more than 5,000 restaurants nationwide. The company, founded in 2011 by Stanford biochemistry professor Patrick Brown, uses “heme,” an iron-rich molecule in animal protein, to mimic the flavor of meat.