Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. IRAN BLASTS US SANCTIONS AS TENSIONS MOUNT
Iran’s foreign minister slams mounting U.S. sanctions as “unacceptable,” even as he insists Tehran is committed to an international nuclear deal.
2. MISSOURI PASSES STRICT ABORTION BILL
Just hours after Alabama’s governor signed a near-total abortion ban into law, Missouri’s Republican-led Senate passes legislation to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.
3. TRUMP HITS HUAWEI
An executive order apparently aims to ban the telecom giant’s equipment from U.S. networks and says it is subjecting the Chinese company to strict export controls.
4. EUROPE’S FAR-RIGHT WOOING THE YOUNG
Far-right candidates in their 20s and 30s are using aggressive social media campaigns playing on themes favoured by white supremacists in the U.S., the AP finds.
5. BORDER SECURITY, GREEN CARD CHANGES DRIVE NEW TRUMP PROPOSAL
The immigration policy shift would favour people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country.
6. WHERE HOLLYWOOD HAS REMAINED SILENT
In the week since Georgia banned abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, there has been no oppositional movement from any of the major film and TV studios.
7. SCHOOLS USING TECH TO STEM VIOLENCE
Gunshot detection systems, apps and artificial intelligence are becoming more common to combat school shootings.
8. PERILOUS GAP BEFUDDLES PANAMANIANS
Authorities are struggling to contend with a spike in the number of migrants risking the journey through the Darien Gap, one of the most dangerous stretches of the migratory route toward the U.S., AP reports.
9. DE BLASIO POISED TO ENTER 2020 RACE
The Democratic mayor of New York has been considering a presidential run for months and is expected to announce a decision as soon as today.
10. BUCKS FINISH STRONG TO TAKE GAME 1 OF EAST FINALS
Brook Lopez scores 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and Milwaukee rallies in the final minutes to beat Toronto 108-100.
The Associated Press