San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tore into the Trump administration's response to the ongoing catastrophe on Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and denounced the president's "Total neglect." "What is staggering is that the Trump administration has completely looked away when this death toll is announced. What is for real-we may not ever know many people died...and the government of Puerto Rico remains silent and idle while the federal government under the Trump administration was looking and continues to look the other direction." "President Trump tweets about the crack of dawn and he hasn't even tweeted one time to say, 'Look, I mourn with the people of Puerto Rico,'" Yulin Cruz said.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who has been indicted by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, attempted to tamper with potential witnesses, Mueller said in a court filing on Monday. Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, asked the judge overseeing the case in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to revoke or revise an order releasing Manafort ahead of his trial.
Apple will attempt to frustrate tools used by Facebook to automatically track web users, within the next version of its iOS and Mac operating systems. "Perhaps Apple is gambling on websites reining in tracking rather than users having to give constant permission to track their device," he added. The question now is whether Facebook and other ad-tech companies will try to find new ways to trail our web activity, in an attempt to outsmart Apple.
German politicians have called for Donald Trump's envoy in Berlin to be expelled from the country after he said in an interview that he wanted to "Empower" conservative forces throughout Europe. Martin Schulz, the former leader of the Social Democratic party, told German news agency dpa that he thought Grenell's position as US ambassador was untenable in the long term. Schulz said Grenell had acted like the representative of a political movement rather than a country, and punned that next week's meeting with the Austrian leader Kurz, which means "Short" in German, would lead to a shortening of the US envoy's stint in Berlin.
Speaking to Austrian television channel ORF ahead of a visit to Vienna on Tuesday, Putin said he "Fully agreed" with Trump on the possibility that a new arms race between the countries could break out, and hoped the two leaders could work together to prevent it. In April, the White House confirmed that Trump and Putin discussed the possibility of meeting at the White House "In the 'not-too-distant-future'" during a phone call the previous month. In the ORF interview Monday, Putin dismissed claims that the Russian leadership is seeking to maintain links with nationalist parties in Europe in a bid to sow division on the continent.
The European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that member states should recognise gay marriages contracted in fellow EU states, and grant couples the same residency rights that other families enjoy. "Although the member states have the freedom whether or not to authorise marriage between persons of the same sex, they may not obstruct the freedom of residence of an EU citizen by refusing to grant his same-sex spouse, a national of a country that is not an EU Member State, a derived right of residence in their territory," the court said. In January, a senior adviser to the ECJ, Advocate General Melchior Wathelet, said that the term "Spouse" could include - under the freedom of residence rules for EU citizens and their family members - spouses of the same sex.
GENEVA - The United Nations called on the United States on Tuesday to stop detaining irregular migrant families and separating children at the southern border, saying it contravened the law. "The U.S. should immediately halt this practice of separating families and stop criminalizing what should at most be an administrative offence - that of irregular entry or stay in the U.S.," U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a briefing. Most crossing the U.S. southern border are from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, where rampant violence would give them the right to international protection, U.N. refugee agency spokesman William Spindler said, adding: "Detention should be the last resort."
A landmark report by UN environment experts on plastic pollution, published to coincide with World Environment Day, shows that governments across the world are starting to take action and that bans and levies are starting to take off. The UN Environment's Single-Use Plastics: A Roadmap for Sustainability report looks at more than 60 case studies to come up with a number of recommendations to curb plastic pollution and combat an escalating problem that "We are already unable to cope with". The report named cigarette butts, plastic bottles, caps, food wrappers, grocery bags and lids as the main single-use plastics found in the environment and lauded plastic bag bans as one of most effective ways to make a difference.
NBA star turned Kim Jong Un soulmate Dennis Rodman will be in Singapore during President Trump's summit with the North Korean dictator next week, The Post has learned. In an April interview with TMZ, Rodman said that Kim didn't understand the president until he gave the North Korean strongman a copy of Trump's ghost-written book, "The Art of the Deal," for his birthday in 2017. "I think [Kim] didn't realize who Donald Trump was at that time, I guess, until he started to read the book and started to get to understand him. Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are pretty much the same," Rodman told the website.
Swiss banks have reportedly frozen $1 billion in the accounts of Russian metals tycoon Viktor Vekselberg over fears that they may be fined following U.S. sanctions against the businessman. Vekselberg, Russia's ninth richest man with an estimated net worth of $14.4 billion, was one of several Russian businessmen hit by U.S. sanctions this year for alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and other "Malign activity." The tycoon has since been forced to cut his shares in foreign companies and repay more than $1 billion in loans made by European banks including JPMorgan, Credit Suisse and UBS. Vekselberg is preparing to file lawsuits against UBS, Credit Suisse and Julius Baer to recover access to his accounts, Forbes Russia reported Monday, citing an unnamed source in his Renova investment group. Swiss media reported last week that the country's banks had frozen $2 billion of Vekselberg's Swiss franc-denominated public and private accounts.
Residents are confined to the village for their own safety but are allowed to move around freely inside and are watched over by plain-clothed medical staff. The staff don't treat patients, they care for residents, they say. The researchers will conduct a comparative study with traditional nursing homes and examine "The impact of new therapeutic approaches on patients, carers and medical staff," Prof Dartigues told Le Monde.
More than 540 workers at factories that supply the two retailers have described incidents of threats and abuse, according to two separate reports published last week by Global Labour Justice on gender-based violence in Gap and H&M's garment supply chains. Tola Moeun, director of Central Cambodia, an NGO involved in the research, said abuse was a daily reality for female garment workers driven to meet unrealistic targets in H&M and Gap's supply chains. In a factory supplying Gap in Indonesia, a woman talked about daily being called stupid, mocked for not working faster and threatened with contract termination.
A former US Defense Intelligence Agency officer has been arrested for attempting to spy on the US for China. Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, was arrested by the FBI on his way to a Seattle airport to catch a flight to China. The justice department said Mr Hansen had held top secret clearance "For many years" and travelled regularly between the US and China between 2013 and 2017.
Emmanuel Macron has said that his phone calls with Donald Trump and other world leaders are just like sausages: better not explain what's inside. During a news conference with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Macron was asked about a CNN report on Monday saying that a phone call between the French leader and Trump last week had been "Terrible". A readout from the French presidency of Macron's call with Trump last week said the 40-year-old president had told Trump that his decision to slap tariffs on the exports of US allies were both "Illegal" and a "Mistake".
China has offered to buy close to $70 billion in U.S. agriculture, energy and manufacturing products in the first year of a package meant to ward off U.S. tariffs, said a person briefed on talks with the White House. China would buy more U.S. crude oil and natural gas exports to quench its thirst for energy. "If the numbers are accurate, an additional $70 billion in US exports to China would be considerable - a 50 percent increase in US exports from 2017 levels," Chad Bown, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said in an email.
Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman will reportedly be in Singapore next week to attend President Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un. Per Tina Moore of the New York Post, Rodman is expected to arrive in Singapore on June 11. Kim and Trump will hold a summit on June 12 to discuss, among other things, a nuclear deal that will lead to North Korea giving up control of its nuclear weapons program. The former NBA All-Star was also a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice hosted by Trump in 2009 and 2013..
A British mother and her two daughters are due to be sentenced for plotting to commit terrorist attacks on the streets of London. When her plan was foiled by authorities, she turned her attention to planning a gun and grenade terror attack at London's British Museum after staying in contact with the Isis fighter she planned to marry. While out on bail, Safaa Boular discussed with her sister and mother about committing a terror attack in the U.K., using the code word "Tea party."
US-led Coalition forces killed hundreds of civilians - and injured thousands - in the Syrian city of Raqqa in the process of "Liberating" them from the Islamic State armed group, Amnesty International said in a new report today, ahead of tomorrow's one-year anniversary of the Raqqa offensive. A Coalition air strike killed nine, seven died as they tried to flee via a road which had been mined by ISIS, and two others were killed by a mortar launched by SDF. The fate of the Fayad family illustrates how a Coalition blitz during the final hours of the battle wiped out entire families in the Harat al-Badu area of central Raqqa, where ISIS fighters were known to be using civilians as human shields. "The Coalition's operations in Raqqa have killed hundreds and injured thousands of civilians and the UK needs to come clean over its role in this carnage."Having conducted more than 200 airstrikes in Raqqa, the UK needs to be able to show that its targeting was proportionate and that it took proper measures to avoid unnecessary civilian casualties in its joint operations with the US and others.
Australia's competition regulator on Tuesday said criminal charges had been laid against Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd, a local unit of Citigroup and Deutsche Bank AG relating to cartel offences over a $2.3 billion share issue. Criminal charges have also been laid against several senior executives, including ANZ Treasurer Rick Moscati and Citigroup's John McLean and Itay Tuchman. The market had been waiting for details of the charges against ANZ and underwriters of the 2015 stock placement, Deutsche and Citigroup, since the ACCC flagged them on Friday.
Firefighters were dispatched Tuesday morning to the Gaza border area after flaming kites were sent soaring over the border, causing at least two fires in Israeli territory. Since the "March of Return" protests began along the Gaza border at the end of March, hundreds of kites and helium balloons have been flown into Israel outfitted with Molotov cocktails and containers of burning fuel, setting fire to large swaths of land. Israeli officials have said that since the start of the protests at the Gaza border, there have been more than 200 fires in the Gaza periphery, destroying some 17,500 dunams of land, the majority of it in nature reserves and parks.
Consumer genealogy website MyHeritage said that email addresses and password information linked to more than 92 million user accounts have been compromised in an apparent hacking incident. The website currently has 96 million users; 1.4 million users have taken the DNA test. After investigators tracked down a suspect in the Golden State Killer case using a genealogy website that, like MyHeritage, allows users to upload raw genetic information, privacy concerns about shared DNA data have also surged.
Cossack vigilantes on patrol during the upcoming World Cup say they will report to police if they spot same-sex couples kissing in public. Rostov-on-Don, one of 11 Russian cities to host the football championship that kicks off in 10 days, will reportedly feature 300 Cossacks helping regular police squads keep streets safe. City Hall pledged not to deploy Cossack militia units during the World Cup after it emerged that the municipal administration had funded Cossacks to train to ensure public safety.
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Environmentalists say a tropical forest that's home to critically endangered orangutans on Borneo island is being logged more than a year after Indonesia's forestry and environment ministry ordered a halt to the forest's exploitation. Greenpeace said Tuesday its investigations at the Sungai Putri forest showed a logging operation underway with at least six illegal settlements that operate at night and some in areas with orangutan nests. An Indonesian company, Moharison Pawan Khatulistiwa, has a forestry ministry permit for logging in the forest, and a forestry ministry-approved work plan, which are now overridden by the moratorium on peatland development.
A new experimental HIV vaccine may prevent infection from dozens of strains of the virus, new research has revealed. These stop HIV from making copies of itself by blocking a key protein that allows the virus to put its DNA into the healthy cell's DNA.Researchers have discovered that naturally occurring antibodies can prevent multiple strains of the virus from infecting human cells. For the current study, the researchers looked at an epitope called the HIV fusion peptide, a short string of amino acids that sits on the surface of the spikes that the HIV virus uses to bind to the cells it infects.