The U.S. Energy Department proposed easing water efficiency requirements for showerheads Wednesday following multiple complaints from President Donald Trump about how low water flow is impeding his ability to properly wash his hair. The plan would allow manufacturers to bypass a 2.5 gallon-per-minute maximum flow rate set by Congress in the 1990s. The rule comes after Trump has railed against showerheads that go “drip, drip, drip.”
Greece has placed its military forces on high alert, recalling its naval and air force offers from holiday, as tensions with Turkey over exploration of potentially lucrative offshore energy reserves escalate in the eastern Mediterranean. With Ankara dispatching the Oruç Reis, a drillship escorted by gunboats, to conduct seismic research in contested waters, Athens stepped up calls for Turkey to stop the “illegal” activities.
Russian internet giant Yandex (YNDX.O) said on Thursday that armed individuals had entered its offices in the Belarusian capital Minsk. The company said the armed individuals had barred employees inside from leaving the building. Security forces have clashed with protesters in Minsk and other Belarusian cities in recent days after a contested presidential election victory by Alexander Lukashenko, the incumbent.
The US has said it will hold off on a threatened hike in tariffs on $7.5bn (£5.75bn) worth of European and UK goods that it imposed as punishment for subsidies for plane-maker Airbus. The move comes as the two sides wrestle to put to an end their 16-year trade battle over state aid for Airbus and American rival Boeing.
At least three people have died, including the driver, after a passenger train in Scotland derailed on Wednesday. The country declared a major incident as aerial footage showed carriages overturned and piled on top of each other on a steep wooded slope, and black smoke rising from the rural area. Police said six people had also been taken to hospital to be treated for non-serious injuries.