The French president has warned that NATO is experiencing “brain death”. Emmanuel Macron said the alliance, which was founded in 1949, is suffering from a lack of coordination and US unpredictability under President Donald Trump. When asked if he still believed in the Article Five collective defense guarantee of NATO’s treaty, which says an attack on one ally is an attack on all, he replied: “I don’t know.”
A New York judge has ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2m (£1.6m) for misusing funds from his charity to finance his 2016 political campaign. The Donald J Trump Foundation closed down in 2018. Prosecutors had accused it of working as “little more than a checkbook” for Mr Trump’s interests. Charities such as the one Mr Trump and his three eldest children headed cannot engage in politics, the judge ruled.
Brazil’s supreme court has reached a narrow decision that could release almost 5,000 inmates who are still appealing their convictions, including jailed former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The court decided in a 6-5 vote on Thursday that a person can be imprisoned only after all appeals to higher courts have been exhausted. The supreme court’s debate began in mid-October and its result could throw Brazil’s political landscape into uncertainty.
A beach in Finland appeared to be covered in thousands of eggs this week, but an up-close look shows those white spheres are not shells, they are actually made out of ice. An amateur photographer came across the “ice eggs” on Hailuoto Island, located between Finland and Sweden. The phenomenon is caused when small pieces of ice are rolled over by wind and water, according to BBC News.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers won a courtroom bid Thursday to block a Nevada woman accusing the soccer superstar of raping her in Las Vegas in 2009 from digging into the validity of their 2010 confidentiality agreement and $375,000 hush-money payment. U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Albregts told Kathryn Mayorga’s attorney that it will be up to a higher-level judge to decide if her effort to obtain more money advances to trial or is diverted to closed-door arbitration.