The House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani for documents as part of its impeachment inquiry into the president. In a letter to Giuliani dated Monday, the heads of three House committees asked for information related to the president’s and his lawyer’s efforts to get Ukraine’s government to investigate the Biden family.
Hong Kong police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at pro-democracy protesters throwing petrol bombs in the Asian financial hub on Tuesday as its Chinese rulers celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic. Police fired water cannon and volley after volley of tear gas to disperse protesters throwing Molotov cocktails outside central government offices in the Admiralty area and ordered the evacuation of the Legislative Council building next door.
Donald Trump called Scott Morrison to ask for help in an investigation aimed at discrediting the Mueller inquiry, and Morrison agreed to assist. The call, first reported by the New York Times but confirmed by the Australian government, happened shortly before the Australian prime minister flew to the US to visit Trump last week. White House sources also confirmed the report, the Australian ABC reported.
VW has rejected a judge’s plea to settle a mass lawsuit in Germany over the diesel emissions scandal. A lawsuit involving about 450,000 owners of diesel Volkswagen cars began on Monday. While the company settled in the US, where emissions rules are stricter, it is resisting settling with its domestic customers. The scandal has already cost VW €30bn (£26.6bn) worldwide.
Coffee could become a luxury in the UK if businesses do not help farmers, experts say. Climate change and historically low prices are forcing coffee producers in Peru to abandon their crops and turn to other sources of income. The delicate Arabica bean, which is used in Briton’s flat whites and cappuccinos, is being farmed on ever-higher and cooler land as temperature increases make more and more land unsuitable for growing the plant.