Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller emphasized on Wednesday he had not exonerated Donald Trump of obstruction of justice, as the president has claimed, but his long-awaited congressional testimony did little to add momentum to any Democratic impeachment ambitions and Trump heartily declared victory. In seven hours of congressional testimony, Mueller accused Trump of not always being truthful, called his support for the 2016 release of stolen Democratic emails “problematic” and said Russia would again try to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections.
The Royal Navy has been tasked with accompanying British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz to protect them from Iranian attack. The move comes after the security threat for British-flagged vessels was raised to its highest level following the seizure last Friday of the Stena Impero tanker by Iranian forces as it was passing through Omani waters in the Strait of Hormuz.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation amid a scandal over sexist, homophobic and otherwise offensive text messages he and his inner circle exchanged. The leaked texts set off mass demonstrations and widespread calls for his departure. His resignation comes after nearly two weeks of street protests, including hundreds of thousands of people on Monday who shut down an 11-lane highway in San Juan.
Tunisia’s first democratically elected president has died aged 92, reviving fears of a power vacuum before elections in November. Essebsi came to power in 2014, three years after the Arab spring uprising toppled the longtime despot Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and triggered revolts in several Arab countries. In April, he said he did not plan to stand for re-election in polls this year in order to make way for someone younger.
North Korea launched two new versions of short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan on Thursday local time, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. A U.S. official confirmed that North Korea had launched two short-range missiles. President Donald Trump downplayed the launches in May that would have been violations of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
A French inventor has failed in his attempt to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered flyboard. Franky Zapata, a former jet-ski champion, had been hoping to cross from northern France to southern England in just 20 minutes. But the 40-year-old fell into the water halfway across as he tried to land on a boat to refuel. Mr Zapata was not injured when he fell.