John McCain is hospitalized in stable condition after undergoing surgery for an intestinal infection. The Arizona senator has been undergoing treatment for brain cancer and recovering at home since late last year but has continued to be involved with current events.
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 made what’s believed to be his first foreign trip since taking power in 2011, visiting President Xi Jinping in China. Politicos say the North Korean leader intended his travels to send a message of partnership with China before his visit with President Trump.
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.
Former President Obama is in negotiations with Netflix to produce a series of shows, according to ‘The New York Times.’ The shows, produced by the former first couple and highlighting inspirational stories, are evidence that the Obamas intend to remain engaged in civics.
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.
The Israeli police say they’ve found “sufficient evidence” to criminally indict Benjamin Netanyahu on charges in two corruption cases for "accepting bribes, fraud, and breach of trust." The Israeli prime minister denies all claims and says he’s “shocked by the insinuations.”
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."