BRAZIL JUDGE SUSPENDS SENATE LEADER FACING CORRUPTION TRIAL
A supreme court judge in Brazil on Monday suspended the Senate's powerful speaker, a key ally to President Michel Temer, before he goes on trial for alleged corruption. The interim decision to strip Renan Calheiros, 61, of his duties worsens the outlook for Temer as he struggles to lift Latin America's biggest economy out of crisis. The suspension ordered by judge Marco Aurelio Mello has "immediate effect," but needs to be confirmed by a majority of judges on the supreme court bench, a court official said.
EU NEGOTIATOR SAYS UK WILL HAVE 18 MONTHS TO STRIKE BREXIT DEAL
Britain will have less than 18 months to negotiate its exit from the European Union once talks begin and won't be allowed to pick and choose what it likes, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator said Tuesday as he outlined his stance for the first time. Michel Barnier said formal procedures like parliamentary approvals across Europe will cut into the two-year period that Britain was expecting to have to negotiate the terms of its exit.
EUROPOL: 'IS' LIKELY TO TARGET EU IN 'NEAR FUTURE'
Europol has said the 'Islamic State' has organized several dozen people in Europe ready to carry out terror attacks. The terror group is likely to hit soft targets to instill fear in the public. The so-called "Islamic State" group is likely to carry out terror attacks in the European Union in the near future, Europol said in a report.
HOLLANDE WILL NOT RUN FOR ANOTHER TERM IN 2017 VOTE
The center-left president listed his perceived achievements before confirming that he would not seek a second term in 2017. Hollande was among the least popular presidents in the history of France. Hollande said his decisions were driven "by the higher calling for the good of the land," while addressing the nation on Thursday.
Green Party candidate pushes for vote recount in Wisconsin
Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on Thursday launched a bid to seek a vote recount in Wisconsin, the first of three Rust Belt states won by Donald Trump where she intends to challenge the result. Stein's campaign announced Thursday that it had raised the $1.1 million necessary to fund a recount in Wisconsin and was on track to do the same in Pennsylvania and Michigan, having raised $2.7 million of a $4.5 million goal.