Leaders from around the world are reacting to US President Donald Trump’s long-awaited Middle East plan, with some denouncing it as “aggressive” and “one-sided” and others saying the proposal initiative “could prove a positive step forward”. Palestinian leaders, who cut off all ties with Washington in late 2017 after Trump controversially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, immediately rejected the plan.
A team of scientists in Australia said on Wednesday they have successfully developed a lab-grown version of the new coronavirus, the first to be recreated outside of China, in a breakthrough that could help quicken the creation of a vaccine. The researchers at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne said they would share the sample, which was grown from an infected patient, with the World Health Organization and laboratories around the world.
Donald Trump’s defense team concluded its oral arguments in the US Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday, setting the stage for two days of questioning. The closing arguments came amid a bombshell report that former national security adviser John Bolton implicates President Trump in his new book. Mr Bolton reportedly writes that Mr Trump directly withheld security aid to Ukraine for his own political benefit.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck between Cuba and Jamaica Tuesday afternoon, with shaking reported as far north as Miami. The quake hit to the south of Cuba and to the northwest of Jamaica, but it was initially unclear if there were any injuries or damages. The quake triggered warnings of a tsunami that ultimately fizzled, according to The U.S. Geological Survey.
Airbus has agreed to settle bribery and corruption allegations by UK, US and French authorities in a deal that will cost it €3.6bn. The European aeroplane maker, based in Toulouse, disclosed the scale of the financial hit hours after confirming that it had reached an “agreement in principle” with authorities in each country. The total penalties, due to be finalized on Friday, look set to surpass the £671m settlement by Rolls-Royce over similar claims.