President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Canada had agreed to close their border to all “nonessential traffic” because of the spread of the coronavirus. Trump indicated in his announcement on Twitter that it will not affect trade between the two countries but did not offer any additional details. The president has not closed the border with Mexico.
New Zealand’s parliament has passed a bill decriminalizing abortion and allowing women to choose a termination up to 20 weeks into a pregnancy. Voting to remove the procedure from the country’s Crimes Act changes a law that has been in force since 1977. Previously, two doctors were required to approve an abortion – and this could only happen if there was a “serious danger” to the pregnant woman’s health.
Leaders in the European Union have agreed to close the bloc’s external borders to most non-EU citizens for 30 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus. As well as shutting external borders, EU leaders have agreed to set up fast-track lanes at countries’ internal frontiers to keep goods flowing across the continent. Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, said it would be up to European nations to enforce the closures.
Ghislaine Maxwell, a former girlfriend of dead sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, is suing the investor’s estate over legal fees she claims were promised to help her defend multiple civil lawsuits alleging that she procured young women and girls to sexually service him. Maxwell’s complaint joins a slew of other lawsuits that have been filed against Epstein’s estate by women who accuse him of abusing them.
Experts have discovered a fossil of the world’s oldest known modern bird – a diminutive creature about half the size of a mallard duck. Dubbed the Wonderchicken, the remains were found in rocks dating to about 66.8m to 66.7m years ago, revealing that the bird was active shortly before the asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs 66m years ago.