New details about the gruesome discovery of 39 bodies inside the back of a semi-truck in England have begun to emerge as police try to piece together what led up to the tragedy. The 25-year-old driver from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Police have not formally tied the deaths to human trafficking, but a link was assumed because of the way the victims were crammed into the truck’s container.
Dozens of House Republicans on Wednesday stormed the secure facility inside the Capitol where impeachment investigators have been deposing witnesses, forcing a delay to the proceedings on the heels of damning new revelations that could further imperil President Donald Trump. After a five-hour stalemate, the Republicans left and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper began her testimony behind closed doors.
Thailand’s king has sacked six palace officials for what has been described as “extremely evil” conduct. The group includes a woman, a senior police official and two royal guards. The move comes just days after King Maha Vajiralongkorn fired his former bodyguard, Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, who was appointed royal consort in July – becoming the first person to be named in the position in almost a century.
Donald Trump has announced that the US will lift sanctions on Turkey. The US president, who has come under withering criticism for abruptly withdrawing US troops – and paving the way for a deadly Turkish offensive against the Kurds – said on Wednesday that a “small number” of US troops would remain in Syria’s oilfields.
US lawmakers have sharply criticized Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg about the firm’s policy not to fact check political ads. In a hearing in Washington, the social network chief was accused of letting political disinformation spread ahead of the 2020 US presidential election. He also was unable to confirm if hate speech from candidates running for office would be taken off the platform.