President Trump said Attorney General Jeff Sessions should end special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe on Wednesday, calling Mueller ‘totally conflicted’ and demanding the probe end ‘right now.’ Trump previously acknowledged the Department of Justice should be free from political interference. Questions have resurfaced about whether Trump’s attacks of the probe constitute obstruction of justice.
Three people were killed in Zimbabwe when soldiers were to deployed to handle opposition supporters accusing the ruling party of rigging Monday’s presidential election. The UN and UK expressed concern over the violence, calling for Zimbabwe’s politicians to ‘use restraint.’ The election results remain unknown, as EU monitors say the delay undermines the vote’s credibility.
The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Wednesday on two top Turkish government officials over the detainment of an American pastor held on espionage charges. The unprecedented use of financial sanctions against an allied government causing US-Turkey relations to plummet. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry called the action a ‘hostile stance’ and said it will retaliate.
Alaska Airlines apologized this week after a flight attendant asked a gay man to give up his seat next to his partner so a straight couple could sit together, sparking claims of discrimination. The owner of a McDonald’s in Alberta, Canada apologized after a pregnant woman was served cleaning chemicals instead of a latte.
President Trump instructed his top trade representative to consider imposing a stiffer penalty than previously proposed, of 25% on $200 billion in Chinese imports. Trump aims to intensify pressure in the trade standoff despite potential cost increases for a range of products for Americans. A final decision on the tariffs is not expected before September.
Police in Sweden is searching for jewel thieves who stole two royal crowns and an orb from a cathedral near Stockholm before escaping on a motorboat. The jewels were used by 17th-century King Karl IX and Queen Kristina. The theft took place in the afternoon when the cathedral was open to the public.