Trump administration cited executive privilege to withhold more than 100,000 pages of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s time spent as a lawyer in the George W. Bush administration. The decision comes days before Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearings on Tuesday. Senate Democrats question the reviews being led by lawyers for the Trump administration and Bush.
Nearly 400 prisoners escaped from a jail near Tripoli, Libya on Sunday amid riots between militia groups. Guards were unable to prevent the escapes. Most detainees at the prison were convicted of common crimes or incarcerated for supporting former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. At least 39 people have been killed in the clashes since last Monday.
A large fire tore through the entire building of Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum in Rio De Janeiro on Sunday, with no cause yet identified. The fire likely destroyed the museum’s collection of over 20 million items including historical memorabilia and archaeological items. Brazilian President Michel Temer called the fire an ‘incalculable loss for Brazil.’
John McCain was buried at the US Navy Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on Sunday following a five-day series of memorial events. McCain was laid to rest next to a lifelong friend, the late Adm. Chuck Larson, he called his ‘wingman.’ The former Senator chose to be buried at the US Navy Academy rather than in Arlington National Cemetery where his admiral father and grandfather are buried.
Thousands of people across Russia gathered on Sunday to protest government plans to raise the pension age despite recent concessions offered by President Vladimir Putin. The initial proposal raised retirement from 55 to 63 for women and 60 to 65 for men. Recently, Putin took responsibility for the reform and called it a financial necessity.
As the summer comes to an end, Brexit is brought back to the forefront of Westminster politics. Following criticism from former Brexit secretary David Davis, British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would not compromise on the UK government’s Chequers plan. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said he is ‘strongly’ opposed to key parts of May’s proposals for a future trade deal.
The US military announced it will cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan due to Islamabad’s failure to take action against militant groups. The decision follows previous accusations by President Trump that Pakistan deceived the US while receiving aid. The funds will be allocated to other ‘urgent priorities.’ The move must be approved by the Congress.