Donald Trump mocked over FART Act on trade

Donald Trump has been ridiculed over the naming of a leaked draft bill outlining how the US would abandon key World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. The bill was named the United States Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act – immediately dubbed the FART Act. The name was leaked by news website Axios, which had earlier reported…


Scientists capture first ever image of newborn planet

Astronomers have captured the first confirmed image of a newborn planet, forming around a young dwarf star 370 light years away. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany snapped the spectacular picture of a planet forming around the star PDS 70 from the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. Operated by the…


Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador claims victory

Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has won Mexico’s presidential election with more than 50% of votes. The former mayor of Mexico City winning between 53% and 53.8% of the vote, according to a projection by the National Electoral Institute, based on a sample of polling stations. It gave Ricardo Anaya of the conservative National…


Iranians protest over plunging economy as Rouhani warns of ‘economic war’ with US

Protesters in Iran entered their third day of demonstrations over the country’s faltering economy as President Hassan Rouhani claimed it faces “economic war” with the US. Videos showed protesters confronting police in the capital, Tehran, as the Iranian rial plunged to 90,000 to the dollar – double the government rate of 42,000 rials to $1.…


Diego Maradona ‘treated by medics’ after Argentina win

Diego Maradona was reportedly treated by medical staff after Argentina’s dramatic victory over Nigeria at the World Cup. The former Argentina star had been watching from the stands at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, where he was seen swearing at fans following Marcos Rojo’s late winner. A video posted on social media appeared to show Maradona,…


17 states sue Donald Trump to reunite immigrant families

Seventeen states have sued the Trump administration to force thousands of immigrant children to be reunited with their parents. New York and California are among the states which have launched legal action against the president as pressure mounts on his administration to reconnect families separated at the US border more quickly. They joined forces as…


Chemical weapons watchdog should name attack culprits

Boris Johnson has called for the international chemical weapons watchdog to get beefed up powers to name countries behind attacks using them. He said the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) should be able to use its “forensic, scientific impartiality” to identify states that use the banned substances aggressively. The foreign secretary’s comments…


VA to Congress: First Cerner EHR install will go live by 2020

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ EHR project will go live in the Pacific Northwest and by fully functional by March 2020, VA officials told the House Committee on Veterans Affairs on Tuesday. The VA will ensure the effectiveness of its pilot sites early in the process, assessing the planned sites in Spokane, Seattle and…


Austria carries out border exercise as EU states refuse to allow migrant rescue ship to dock

Hundreds of Austrian police and soldiers have carried out an exercise on the Slovenian border over fears of a repeat of the 2015 migrant crisis. Two Black Hawk helicopters hovered over the border on Tuesday as police cadets played the role of migrants standing at gates asking to be allowed in. More than 500 police…


CMS creates Chief Health Informatics Officer position to lead interoperability push

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posted a new leadership position, Chief Health Informatics Officer, which will lead the agency’s interoperability efforts and health IT strategy. Posted late last week, the CHIO will focus on improving interoperability and innovation for CMS. According to the job posting, the executive will also develop CMS’ IT strategy, work…