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1. President Trump requested the previous F.B.I. director, James Comey, to close the investigation into Michael Flynn, his former nationwide safety adviser, in response to a memo Mr. Comey wrote on the time.
Mr. Comey, above, logged the request in February, in line with two individuals who have learn it. It’s the clearest proof that Mr. Trump tried to affect the federal investigation into hyperlinks between his associates and Russia.
Earlier, Mr. Trump strongly defended what he called his “absolute right” to share categorised details about an ISIS plot with prime Russian officers.
Two American officers, one present and one former, informed our reporters that the intelligence was provided by Israel — which considers itself to be threatened by an in depth Russian ally, Iran.
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The turmoil has set the White House staff squabbling.
2. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority chief, pleaded with the Trump administration to cease impeding the Republican agenda.
Mr. McConnell, above, who has been principally quiet about Mr. Trump and Russia, referred to as for “a little less drama from the White House.”
However prime lawmakers, together with the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, have demanded extra particulars about Mr. Trump’s assembly with Russian officers.
three. President Trump praised President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey as a stalwart ally towards ISIS as the 2 met within the Oval Workplace.
And our Turkey correspondent gave us a tour of the nation in an interactive video diary, a brand new storytelling format we’ve been experimenting with.
“I Saw the Decline of a Democracy” explains how divided Turkey has grow to be after an tried coup final yr, and the crackdown on dissent that adopted.
four. Representatives of South Korea and the U.S. agreed to “pursue drastic and sensible joint approaches” to the North Korean nuclear crisis, probably together with talks with the North.
And safety specialists stated North Korean sleeper cells could also be liable for the crippling ransomware assaults concentrating on outdated versions of Microsoft’s Windows working system.
Above, South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, with Matt Pottinger, left, a particular assistant to President Trump, in Seoul.
5. Puerto Rico, which faces an financial meltdown within the type of $123 billion in debt and pension obligations, is poised to make a push for statehood.
Residents will vote on whether or not they need to develop into the 51st state in a nonbinding referendum in June. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says persuading Washington to grant the island statehood would assist repair its financial issues.
Extreme austerity measures are more likely to embrace shuttered public faculties, frozen salaries, slashed pensions and restricted investments in public well being.
6. Scientists have coaxed mouse pores and skin cells to develop into eggs and sperm, and say it’s solely a matter of time earlier than the method, in vitro gametogenesis, can be done with humans.
However the quandaries are legion. What if 4 individuals make a child? A person clones himself? Somebody steals pores and skin cells from a star’s bathtub?
“It provides me an unsettled feeling as a result of we don’t know what this might result in,” a researcher stated.
7. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins round Might 27.
It’s the height TV season within the Arab world, when networks debut new collection — typically escapist love tales — to binge-watch after breaking the every day quick.
We’ve an unique preview of a extra critical one: “Black Crows” dramatizes life beneath ISIS, portraying its leaders as corrupt and hypocritical, and ladies who resist as heroes. (Watch here.)
eight. And in France, a dispute between Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival has sparked heated accusations of cultural imperialism and intransigence.
The pageant, which begins Wednesday, has invoked a rule that each one entries have to be proven in French theaters and wait three years to play on streaming providers. That’s to assist shield France’s beneficiant subsidies for brand spanking new productions.
There’s hope that the brand new president, Emmanuel Macron, will dedicate some political will to discovering an answer. He’s anticipated to call a tradition minister this week.
9. Take a tour of the ten greatest items we noticed at the Venice Biennale, the famend exhibition that features artists from across the globe.
Amongst them was Mark Bradford, whose set up was displayed at america pavilion, above.
“I don’t assume progressive concepts ever come by means of the entrance door,” he stated. “We all the time come by way of the aspect door, by way of the window, via the tunnel we bore, we wrestle for our identities.”
10. Lastly, the late-night time comics didn’t have a lot time to deal with Monday’s late-breaking information from Washington. They didn’t appear to wish it.
“So the excellent news is, Trump listens throughout intel briefings,” Trevor Noah said. “And the dangerous information is, Trump listens throughout intel briefings.”
Tonight, Brad Pitt makes a uncommon look on “The Late Present” (CBS, eleven:35 p.m. Japanese), and Jimmy Kimmel may discuss his plans to host the Oscars for a second yr — “assuming I opened the appropriate envelope,” he tweeted. (ABC, eleven:35 p.m. Japanese).
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