Tensions flared in the Balkans on Tuesday after police in Kosovo raided Serb-populated areas. Some 90 percent of people living in Kosovo are ethnically Albanian, with ethnic Serbs making up a tiny minority. In response, neighboring Serbia ordered its troops near the border to be on high alert, and said it would be ready to protect its people if necessary. Authorities said Tuesday’s operation targeted organized crime and smuggling, which is rampant in the area following a 100 percent tariff on all Serbian goods was imposed by Kosovo last year. Kosovo broke away from Serbia following a U.S.-led NATO bombing campaign in 1999 and declared independence in 2008.
Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s largest drug manufacturers, has gone on trial in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit by the US state of Oklahoma. Prosecutors accuse the firm of deceptively marketing painkillers and downplaying addiction risks, fuelling a so-called “opioid epidemic”. Johnson & Johnson denies wrongdoing and says it marketed products responsibly. On average, 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At least one person was killed and 130 were injured as a rapid-fire line of tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. The storms were among 55 twisters that forecasters said may have touched down Monday across eight states stretching eastward from Idaho and Colorado. The past couple of weeks have seen unusually high tornado activity in the US, with no immediate end to the pattern in sight.
The last male Sumatran rhino in Malaysia died on Sunday, leaving just one female of the rare species left in captivity. Sumatran rhinos are the smallest rhinoceros species in the world, standing at an average of 4 feet 3 inches when fully grown. The remaining rhinos not kept in captivity live on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, with a small group of them inhabiting nearby Borneo. The rhino, named Tam, had been suffering from kidney and liver disease prior to his death, according to The Borneo Rhino Alliance.
Malaysia will return 450 tonnes of contaminated plastic waste to the countries that shipped it, in a refusal to become a dumping ground for the world’s trash. Nine shipping containers at Port Klang, west of Kuala Lumpur, on Tuesday were found to contain mislabeled plastic and non-recyclable waste, including a mixture of household and e-waste. Yeo Bee Yin, minister of energy, science, technology, environment and climate change, said that the US, UK, Canada, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Netherlands, and Singapore should expect waste products to be returned.
MacKenzie Bezos, who in April finalized her divorce from Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, is vowing to donate at least half of her wealth to charity. Bezos, who is worth an estimated $37 billion, announced in a letter published Tuesday that she will sign the “Giving Pledge,” a philanthropic campaign founded by celebrated investor Warren Buffett. Jeff Bezos congratulated his former spouse on Twitter Tuesday. “MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her.