News Roundup

Trump Administration Imposing Sanctions Against 38 Russians Oligarchs and Officials

  • Cited is “the Kremlin’s malign agenda” that ranges from malicious online campaigns and efforts to undermine democracy.
  • Seven oligarchs and 12 companies they control are on the new sanctions list.
  • 17 senior Russian government officials are also on the list.
  • Because of the sanctions, assets held by individuals in the US will be frozen.
  • Americans are barred from doing business with those on the list.

The US added 103,000 jobs in March

  • The unemployment rate stayed flat at 4.1 percent.
  • Wage growth is slightly up, at 2.7 percent from March of last year.
  • The Washington Post is reporting that there is now a job open for every unemployed person in the country.

President Trump Escalates Trade War Rhetoric

Facebook Rolling Out New Security Tools for Users on Monday

  • The tools will allow users to view which apps they’ve connected to and how to delete them.
  • By the end of the year the company plans to have doubled the amount of staffers they have dedicated to security.
  • This follows reports over a data breach of 87 million Facebook users.
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be testifying before Congress next week.

Former South Korean President Park Guen-hye Found Guilty of Corruption, Sentenced to 24 Years

  • She was found guilty on 16 of 18 counts against her, mostly on charges of bribery and coercion, and was fined the equivalent of $17 million
  • The judge reportedly said that Park had shown “no sign of repentance” after causing “massive chaos” in the country.
  • She will likely be spending the rest of her life in prison, but has said she will appeal the sentence.
  • She was arrested last year after millions of South Koreans demanded her impeachment.

Former South African President facing corruption charges in court

  • Former President Jacob Zuma has appeared in court to face corruption charges over a multibillion dollar arms deal from 20 years ago.
  • This comes after he was forced from power in February.
  • Hundreds of people demonstrated outside of the court, with signs reading “Hands Off Zuma”

Protests Continue in Gaza

  • The conflict started one week ago with 35,000 Gazans marching to the Israel border under a “Return” banner.
  • Israeli forces responded with live ammunition and rubber bullets against the protestors.
  • Since then, 19 people have been killed and a thousand have been wounded.
  • Another march today, organized by Hamas, may bring out as many as 50,000 people.

At UN Security Council, Russian and UK Ambassadors Face Off As New Claims Emerge

  • Russia says UK is “playing with fire” over “sentence first, verdict afterwards.”
  • U.S. Ambassador called Russia’s claims “absurd”.
  • The UK Police issued a statement on behalf of Yulia Skripal, who said her “strength is growing daily.”
  • The UK Foreign Office has also said that Ms. Skripal has been informed of Russia’s offer to help, and has not taken it up yet.
  • In other news, the BBC is reporting that Sergei Skripal is no longer in critical condition and is improving rapidly.

President Trump makes first public comment on Stormy Daniels Story

  • Trump told reporters in a brief Air Force One Q&A that he was not aware of $130,000 payment to adult film actress, and that they should ask his attorneys.
  • This is the first and only public acknowledgement made by Trump since the story broke in January.

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