US President Donald Trump has announced sweeping travel restrictions on 26 European countries in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The ban applies to travelers from countries which are members of the Schengen border-free travel area. The UK, Ireland and other non-Schengen countries are unaffected. US citizens are also exempt. The EU condemned the measures, which it said were taken “unilaterally and without consultation”.
Harvey Weinstein, the titan of Hollywood turned convicted rapist, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison on Wednesday in New York. The fallen mogul was handed down his punishment by Judge James Burke at the New York supreme court having been convicted of two counts of sexual assault. Lawyers for Weinstein pleaded with the judge for the minimum sentence of five years in prison.
One British and two American personnel were killed and about a dozen people were wounded when 18 small rockets hit Iraq’s Taji military camp north of Baghdad on Wednesday, U.S. officials told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. Any indication that Iran-backed militia were responsible could spark a new round of confrontation between the United States and Iran.
Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning is recovering after a suicide attempt Wednesday, her legal team said. Manning has been detained since May for refusing to testify before a grand jury about her disclosure of military and diplomatic secrets to the online anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks in 2010. She is scheduled on Friday to appear for a hearing on a motion to terminate the contempt sanctions from her refusal.
Hollywood star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have both tested positive for coronavirus. Hanks, who has been filming an Elvis Presley biopic in Australia, posted a statement on Twitter after being diagnosed with COVID-19, saying: “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”