Tesla Inc. announced on Tuesday that the Department of Justice is investigating CEO Elon Musk’s claims that he may take the company private. The Justice Department made a ‘voluntary request’ for documents about Musk’s statement. The EU dropped its lawsuit against Ireland for failing to recover back taxes and interest from Apple after Apple paid 13.1 billion euros ($15.3 billion) in back taxes following a regulatory order two years ago.
Save the Children charity warned that another one million children are at risk of famine in Yemen, reaching a total of 5.2 million. Food insecurity is due to rising prices of food and falling value of the Yemeni currency. Further threat comes from fighting surrounding the key port of Hudaydah, an entry point for aid.
A Russian military plane was accidentally shot down by Syrian forces on Monday following an Israeli airstrike on Syrian territory. The Kremlin initially blamed Israel for the accident which killed all 15 Russian service members aboard the plane. Russian Vladimir Putin blamed ‘a chain of tragic accidental circumstances,’ deflecting the sole blame from Israel.
North Korea agreed on Wednesday to ‘permanently’ abolish key missile sites and close its main nuclear complex if the US takes ‘reciprocal action.’ South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced they agreed to turn the Korean peninsula into a ‘land of peace,’ vowing to take ‘prompt steps’ toward the goal.
China responded to President Trump’s latest and biggest round of tariffs on Tuesday by imposing $60 billion in tariffs on American goods. Jack Ma the co-founder of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. warned business and political leaders to prepare for a trade war with the US that will last longer and have a bigger impact than expected.
Following tension with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany’s domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen was removed from his position on Tuesday. Maassen’s removal comes after he challenged the authenticity of a video showing far-right protesters chasing immigrants in Chemnitz. Disturbances in Merkel’s coalition were revealed as Maassen was forced from his post. His successor has not been announced.
The International Criminal Court opened a preliminary investigation into Myanmar’s alleged crimes against Rohingya Muslims. The probe comes after Myanmar refused to provide military figures for UN investigation last month. The ICC move could lead to a full investigation into the Myanmar military crackdown which has displaced over 700,000 and killed thousands.