President Xi Jinping warned James Mattis that China won’t surrender territory the country considers its own, likely partly referencing American ties with Taiwan. The yuan also dropped to a 6-month low against the dollar in an escalating trade war as President Trump threatens new tariffs.
President Hassan Rouhani warned President Donald Trump from pulling out of the nuclear deal. U.S. sanctions on Iran that were lifted in 2015 will resume unless Trump waives them again on May 12. “Our response will be stronger than what they imagine,” Rouhani said on state TV.
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.
Jacob Zuma has resigned as South Africa's President over corruption scandals. Known as the "Teflon president" after more than eight years in power, Zuma faces 783 corruption allegations around a 1990s arms deal, and courts have forced him to repay the millions in public money spent on refurbishing his home.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador won Mexico's presidential election in a landslide. The leftist veteran politician promised change to outgoing President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, which has been marked by violent drug trade, scandals and economic inequality.
Zimbabwe’s army said it has President Robert Mugabe, one of the world’s longest-serving authoritarian leaders, in custody. The military denied a government coup; supporters praised the move as a “bloodless correction of gross abuse of power.”
After meeting with Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, Trump lauded their “great relationship” without addressing the authoritarian leader’s alleged human rights abuses. Duterte has been accused of extrajudicial killings in his nation’s war on drugs.