Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is facing renewed scrutiny over allegations about his behavior and social ties, potentially threatening his public image.'Uncomfortable work environments' »
The New York attorney general's office said Tuesday night it has informed the Trump Organization that its investigation into the company "is no longer purely civil in nature" and is now a criminal one. Why it matters: It is now working with the Manhattan district attorney's office, which has been investigating the Trump Organization for potential bank, tax and insurance fraud. Driving the news: New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) began an investigation into Trump Organization finances in 2019.
European Union foreign ministers called Tuesday for a cease-fire to end days of heavy fighting between the Israeli armed forces and Palestinian militants, but said that a longer-term political solution must be found to end decades of conflict between them. More than 200 Palestinians have been killed in heavy airstrikes so far, including dozens of children, and over 1,400 people wounded. At least 12 people in Israel, including a 5-year-old boy, have been killed in rocket attacks launched from the Gaza Strip toward civilian areas in Israel.
Thailand has seen its highest number of daily Covid cases, with the majority of the new infections stemming from the country's overcrowded prisons. Some 6,853 prisoners make up for 9,635 of Monday's new cases - more than double the previous daily record. Thailand admitted there were growing clusters in jails after several prominent activists tested positive.
An Arizona woman was arrested after police said she killed her two children with a meat cleaver. Yui Inoue, 40, allegedly told Tempe police Saturday morning that she was “hearing voices telling her to kill her children,” ABC News reported. The children had “significant injuries to their bodies, including numerous lacerations, incised wounds and some amputations, consistent with a violent attack and defensive wounds,” Tempe police spokesperson Sgt. Steven Carbajal said.
Pope Francis on Monday named a new bishop for Hong Kong, tapping the head of his own Jesuit order in the region, the Rev. P. Stephen Chow Sau-Yan, for the politically sensitive position that has been vacant for two years. Chow, a native of Hong Kong, was educated in the U.S. and Ireland before professing his final vows in 2007.
When the Colombian government announced in February that it would grant almost a million undocumented Venezuelan migrants legal status, the move was welcomed as "a historic gesture". The United Nation's High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, praised Colombia "for its extraordinary generosity". Three months on from the announcement, Lucas Gómez, Colombia's presidential adviser on border matters, in an interview with the BBC is urging other countries in the region to follow suit and for the international community to step up financially to make the integration of the Venezuelan migrants a success.
Rudy Giuliani has complained he is being treated like the head of a drug cartel head amid reports that Donald Trump has abandoned him. Lawyers for Mr Giuliani have condemned prosecutors for the 28 April raid by FBI agents on his New York home and criticised them for gaining electronic access to his accounts. “Unfortunately for Giuliani, and even more unfortunately for the attorney-client privilege and executive deliberation privilege, and the public's perception that those privileges are real, the SDNY simply chose to treat a distinguished lawyer as if he was the head of a drug cartel or a terrorist, in order to create maximum prejudicial coverage of both Giuliani, and his most well-known client – the former President of the United States,” it stated.
Thousands of British holidaymakers have begun taking advantage of the easing of lockdown rules on overseas travel. Travellers from England, Scotland and Wales are jetting off to some countries in what the crisis-hit tourism industry hopes is the start of a recovery. Travellers can now visit 12 countries on the government's green list, including Portugal and Israel, without isolating on their return.
President Joe Biden made a visit to the Detroit area on Tuesday to push the future of electric vehicles. Air Force One was met by Democratic U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell of Dearborn and Rashida Tlaib of Detroit, who spent some time talking to the president before Biden left to meet with Ford Motor officials. Tlaib is the only Palestinian-American in the Congress and has been among those criticizing Israel for the rocket attacks and other violence involving Palestinians in Gaza and others parts of Israel.
An avalanche came roaring between a husband and wife while biking in Glacier National Park in Montana, officials said. The couple and a friend were bicycling Thursday within the park when they came up against an avalanche across the road. “The avalanche came down between them, trapping the woman's husband and friend on the uphill side.”
Rivers in the Brazilian Amazon region have risen to near record levels after heavy rains, flooding small towns and threatening areas hit hard by Covid-19 with another disaster. In Amazonas state, 52 of the 62 towns and cities have areas under water, and 25 have declared a state of emergency including the capital, Manaus. In Manaus, the Negro river is at its third-highest level since records began in 1920, at 29.72m (97ft).
Progressive US senator Bernie Sanders has once again condemned Israel's violent actions in Gaza – and called on the Biden administration to re-examine the extent of the US's support for one of its closest allies. He stuck to that sentiment last week in an essay for The New York Times, writing that while “no-one is arguing that Israel, or any government, does not have the right to self-defence or to protect its people”, Benjamin Netanyahu “has cultivated an increasingly intolerant and authoritarian type of racist nationalism” and that “we can no longer be apologists for the right-wing Netanyahu government and its undemocratic and racist behaviour”.
Joe Biden visited a Ford electric vehicle facility in Dearborn, Michigan amid Arab American protests in the city against US support for Israel's military strikes in Jerusalem and Gaza. While Biden joked around with reporters, the city's Muslim community was “so angry” after giving the president their support. “No, you can't,” Biden replied.
One lot of Acuvue Vita Brand Diagnostic lenses has been recalled by Johnson & Johnson because of a packaging problem that can lead to the lenses losing sterility. Walmart posted the recall, saying the lenses were sold at select Walmart and Sam's Club stores, but haven't posted a store list yet. Johnson & Johnson says “a limited number of individual contact lens packages” might “have an incomplete packaging seal.”
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan recused himself from five cases involving the agency in April after ethics officials found that his prior role at the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality could pose conflicts, an EPA official told McClatchy. Under Regan, North Carolina's environmental agency took sides in a series of lawsuits between states and outside groups and the Trump administration over air and water quality standards. After an initial review conducted before Regan took office, an EPA ethics official found he holds no financial conflicts of interests involving business before the agency.
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The Supreme Court will hear a case on Mississippi's abortion ban that may challenge Roe v. Wade. Amy Coney Barrett has been criticized for paid speaking gigs to a group that took credit for the law. A constitutional law expert says the justice almost certainly won't recuse herself from the case.
US senator Tom Cotton drew criticism for suggesting the Associated Press (AP) was acting in collusion with Hamas, after an Israeli strike on a building that housed news organisations' offices in Gaza. After the 12-story building was blown-up by Israel on Saturday, the country's intelligence agencies alleged that the AP building was actually a base for Hamas — a Palestinian terrorist group. It follows the UN issuing a warning of “full-scale war” between Israel and Hamas, after days of fighting in and around Gaza.
Germany's anti-trust watchdog is investigating whether Amazon has exploited its market dominance. The Federal Cartel Office said it would rule on whether the online marketplace had had an “almost unchallenged position of economic power”. New German laws allow regulators to prohibit any anti-competitive behaviour at an earlier stage.
The United States used to resettle more refugees each year than every other country in the world combined. In 1980, more than 200,000 people fleeing war, repression, and poverty were welcomed into communities across the nation. And while the numbers have ebbed over the years, that mission remained true for nearly four decades.
A plane has flown a banner above US District Court in Orlando, Florida reading “Tick Tock Matt Gaetz” as the GOP congressman's ally Joel Greenberg pleaded guilty to sex trafficking a minor, among other charges, potentially aiding prosecutors in a related investigation involving the Republican congressman. Mr Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector, appeared in court on Monday after admitting to introducing a “minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts” with her, according to a lengthy plea agreement filed on 14 May. The other men were not named. Mr Gaetz was not named in court documents filed in US District Court on Friday.
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US Rep Rashida Tlaib says that some of her Democratic colleagues in Congress express empathy towards the Palestinians in private, but do not in public. The Michigan Democrat made the observation during an interview on MSNBC's The Reid Out on Monday evening. “It is really hard because any of my colleagues that even have some sort of empathy towards Palestinians, they do it quietly with whispering because they continue to be intimidated and bullied by those that want to continue the status quo apartheid in Israel,” Ms Tlaib told host Joy Reid.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski have made a bipartisan appeal to Congress to reauthorise the Voting Rights Act, a measure that has total support from congressional Democrats but could face Republican roadblocks. The conservative Democrat from West Virginia has joined Republicans to object to the White House-backed For The People Act, which Democrats and voting rights advocates have warned is an urgent and necessary step to combat a wave of suppressive voting laws and protect Americans' access to the ballot. Instead, the two senators have urged House and Senate leaders to take up the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a restoration of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that prohibits racial discrimination at the polls.
“We are a nation bobbing in multiple crises. Not one of them involves people taking COVID-19 too seriously.”
“The threat is increasingly concentrated among people who are vulnerable by choice.”
“This announcement would be very welcome if not for one big problem: There is no requirement for proof of vaccination.”
“Joining the protected vaccinated minority, which we hope will rapidly become the majority, is simple.”
“Instead of taking giant steps. I think we should be taking small steps toward the same goal.”