Brazil's courts ruled that ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will remain in jail. Lula was convicted for corruption and money laundering last year & hoped to remain free while appealing a 12-year sentence. His successor was removed from office amid a crippling recession.
Nicolas Sarkozy told a French court there was “no evidence” he received illegal funding from Muammar Gaddafi for his 2007 presidential campaign and said the case has made his life “hell.” The former French president has a complicated relationship with the former Libyan leader.
Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump met for a historic 5 hours of talks, signing a joint statement where the North Korean leader "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," while the U.S. president agreed to "provide security guarantees" to North Korea.
Winnie Mandela has died at the age of 81. The longtime wife of South African President Nelson Mandela, she was also known for her political involvement and efforts to combat apartheid, as well as controversial actions that led to convictions for kidnapping and fraud.
When Hillary Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2001, she became the first American first lady to ever win a public office seat. She later became the 67th U.S. secretary of state in 2009, serving until 2013. In 2016, she became the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party.
Netflix has named Susan Rice to its board of directors. The former Obama ambassador has been criticized for her handling of the 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. Meanwhile, Barack and Michelle Obama are reportedly in talks to provide shows for the company.
Vladimir Putin won his fourth election to a six-year presidential term with more than three-quarters of the vote and 67% turnout. While there were some reports of election irregularities, extensive rigging was unlikely because of Putin’s real popularity among Russians.
Six months after her fourth-term election as Germany’s chancellor, political deadlock ended as the ruling Social Democratic Party voted to renew a coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats. The SDP’s victory was in part backlash against Merkel's liberal immigration policy.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu served the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, dessert in a shoe--highly offensive to Japanese. Several Israeli officials and diplomats voiced disbelief, as the Japanese are known not to wear shoes at home or often even at work.
The government shut down early Friday morning thanks to Rand Paul, before Congress passed a bipartisan two-year budget deal hours later. The Kentucky Tea Party senator had demanded a vote on an amendment to keep the budget caps in place in objection to to the bill’s massive spending increases.
A former Department of Energy photographer has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he lost his job after leaking photos of a private meeting between Energy Secretary Rick Perry and a Trump donor who heads a large U.S. mining company. A DOE spokesperson calls the accusations "ridiculous."