President Trump on Thursday unveiled a long-awaited immigration overhaul that would dramatically alter how the U.S. accepts people into the country, upending the system in order to favor admissions based on merit rather than family ties. The proposal would judge immigrants with a points-based system that would favor high-skilled workers — accounting for age, English proficiency, education and whether the applicant has a well-paying job offer. Currently, only about 12 percent of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills, while 66 percent are admitted based on family connections inside the U.S.
Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions over marriage equality. The bill, which offers same-sex couples similar legal protections for marriage as heterosexuals, takes effect on May 24 after Tsai signs it into law. The law, however, allows same-sex marriages only between Taiwanese, or with foreigners whose countries recognize same-sex marriage. It permits adoption of children biologically related to at least one of the same-sex pair.
Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz offered pointed criticisms of the Trump administration’s response to the slain Saudi journalist’s brutal 2018 murder, pleading with the United States and other western governments to hold Saudi Arabia accountable through sanctions and an international investigation. Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and legal U.S. resident, was murdered and his body was dismembered by a team of Saudi assassins last October inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Cengiz was waiting outside the consulate while Khashoggi was inside to seek marriage documents.
Boeing said Thursday it has finished the development of a software fix to its troubled 737 Max. The plane maker said in a statement it has flown the aircraft with the updated software on 207 flights for more than 360 hours. The submission comes ahead of an international gathering of aviation regulators in Dallas next week to discuss the reviews of the Max. The 737 Max 8 and 9 were grounded worldwide after an Ethiopian Airlines crash two months ago that investigators have described as appearing similar to a Lion Air crash last year. Between the two crashes, 346 people died.
I M Pei, the architect behind buildings including the glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris, has died aged 102. Pei’s designs are renowned for their emphasis on precision geometry, plain surfaces and natural light. He carried on working well into old age, creating one of his most famous masterpieces – the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar – in his 80s. One of the 20th Century’s most prolific architects, he has designed municipal buildings, hotels, schools and other structures across North America, Asia and Europe.