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Feminism in the United States

The Illinois House of Representatives votes 72–45 to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

The Illinois House voted on the federal Equal Rights Amendment, more than 35 years after the deadline to ratify it passed.

Net neutrality

The Senate of the State of California votes to reinstate internet open-access rules.

It’s one of the toughest bills that arose from the Federal Communications Commission’s regulatory rollback late last year.

Budget of the European Union

The European Commission proposes to double funding for the Erasmus Programme. If adopted, the 2021–2027 budget for the student exchange programme would be €30 billion.

The proposal aims to combat rising nationalism and euroscepticism. "Every euro that we invest in Erasmus is an investment in our future," Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen said.

Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations

Harvey Weinstein is indicted for rape charges by a New York City grand jury.

Weinstein has been charged with rape in the first and third degrees, and criminal sexual act in the first degree

North Korea–United States relations

Top North Korean official Kim Yong-chol meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York City to discuss the summit set to be held in June.

Kim Jong-un's right-hand man is in New York and said to be carrying a letter for the US president.

Naming dispute

According to Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, talks with Greece on Macedonia's name are in a final phase. Zaev says that if a compromise name for the country is agreed upon, it will be put to a referendum.

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev says that talks between Macedonia and neighboring Greece on his country’s name are in a “final” phase, adding that a referendum on whatever solution is found will be held in the autumn.

Japanese whaling

A consortium led by the Institute of Cetacean Research, which is linked to Japan's Ministry of Fisheries, reports that 333 Antarctic minke whales were killed in last summer's scientific survey. 122 of the whales were pregnant, and 114 immature.

The country claims the catch is to obtain a range of data on the creatures

Babusar Pass

An avalanche at Babusar Pass kills five members of Tablighi Jamaat religious organization.

ABBOTTABAD - Five members of a Tableeghi Jamaat were buried alive when a snow avalanche hit their jeep at the Babusar top near Chillas on Wednesday. The group had gone from Chillas to Babusar on a

Economy of the United States

Amid concerns that the value of the company's stocks would fall after the decision to cease the sales of certain firearms, Dick's Sporting Goods reports a stronger than expected quarter, with shares up 27%.

Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack says the retailer has gained customers since doing away with 'assault-style' guns.

2018 Brazil truck drivers' strike

Oil workers in Brazil start a 72-hour strike, amid the ongoing truck drivers' strike.

Brazilian oil workers began a 72-hour strike on Wednesday in a new blow to President Michel Temer following a nationwide trucker protest that has strangled Latin America's largest economy for over a week.

Ukrainian crisis

Arkady Babchenko, who was reportedly assassinated yesterday in Kiev, Ukraine, appears on live television stating that the assassination was staged.