A nationwide strike has severely disrupted schools and public transport across France. Workers are angry at being forced to retire later or face reduced pensions. School and transport workers have been joined by police, lawyers, and hospital and airport staff. France’s largest nationwide strike in years was agreed by unions unhappy with President Emmanuel Macron’s plans for a universal points-based pension system.
Three legal experts told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate a political rival amounted to impeachable offenses, in a hearing that laid the groundwork for formal charges to be filed against the president. Democrats on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said they may look beyond Trump’s relations with Ukraine as they draw up articles of impeachment.
Samoa has begun a mass vaccination campaign of all 200,000 islanders after a measles epidemic escalated. Families have been asked to stay indoors and hang red flags outside their homes if they need vaccinations as medics carry out door-to-door visits. The death toll from the epidemic has risen to more than 60. Government officials have said more than 4,200 measles cases have been reported since the outbreak.
A furious Donald Trump cut short his attendance at the Nato summit in London after a group of leaders, including Boris Johnson, was caught on video ridiculing the US president at Buckingham Palace for staging lengthy press conferences. Footage emerged late on Tuesday that appears to show world leaders joking about Trump at the summit, which has been marked by sharp disagreements over spending and future threats.
South Korean actor Cha In-ha was found dead in his home, police said Wednesday, making him the third young entertainer to die in the country in the last two months. The news about Cha comes after the recent deaths of two prominent female K-pop idols. On Nov. 24, 28-year-old Goo Hara was found dead in her Seoul home, while Sulli, 25, reportedly ended her life in October.
China said on Wednesday it resolutely opposes the U.S. House of Representatives’ bill requiring the Trump administration to toughen its response to what the bill called China’s crackdown on ethnic minorities in the western region of Xinjiang. The foreign ministry, in a statement attributed to spokeswoman Hua Chunying, said Xinjiang is China’s internal affair and urged the U.S. to correct its mistakes and stop the bill from becoming law.
Nato disunity was on full display on the opening day of the alliance’s summit in London as the French president, Emmanuel Macron, accused Turkey of colluding with Islamic State proxies while Donald Trump described Macron’s criticisms of Nato’s “brain death” as insulting. Late on Tuesday, footage emerged from a Buckingham Palace reception of leaders including Macron, Boris Johnson, and Justin Trudeau appearing to mock Trump’s lengthy media appearances.
Tesla founder Elon Musk has appeared in court in Los Angeles to answer a lawsuit brought by a British cave diver he called “pedo guy” on Twitter. Vernon Unsworth, who helped rescue 12 boys trapped in a Thai cave last year, is suing for defamation. Mr Unsworth’s legal team have described Mr Musk’s now-deleted tweet as “vile and false” and are seeking unspecified punitive damages.
Kamala Harris suspended her presidential run Tuesday, marking a lackluster end to an initially soaring presidential bid premised on the California senator’s personal biography and prosecutorial acumen. Ultimately, her run foundered with a muddled purpose, campaign infighting and an inability to sustain support from vital Democratic voting blocs, particularly African Americans. In an email to supporters, Harris blamed her campaign’s end on a lack of money.
The co-founders of Google are stepping down as executives of its parent company, Alphabet, ending a remarkable two decades during which Larry Page and Sergey Brin shaped a startup born in a Silicon Valley garage into one of the largest, most powerful companies in the world. Sundar Pichai, who has been leading Google as CEO for more than four years, will take on additional duties as Alphabet’s CEO, the position held by Page.