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.