The chairs of three US Congressional Committees have accused President Trump of defiance, obstruction and coverup in his approach to their impeachment inquiry. The three Democrats have issued a subpoena or legal order to the White House, demanding documents relating to Mr. Trump's request to Ukraine to investigate his presidential rival Joe Biden. Mr. Trump has tweeted that he's enraged. In the statement that we have from the three Congressional chairmen who are demanding these documents, they say that they have been stonewalled by the White House over the last month, too, has they tried to try and get these documents which are related to these questions about exactly what Donald Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart for, and exactly what he was prepared to do to try and force investigation into Joe Biden. But the Press Secretary of the White House has released a statement in which he says that this subpoena changes nothing and it is just more document requests waste of time and taxpayer dollars that will ultimately show the president did nothing wrong.
President Trump has suspended entry into the US for people who cannot pay for their healthcare costs. The proclamation issued by the White House said the block on entry would not affect any individuals eligibility for asylum or refugee status. Explaining the move, Mr. Trump said the US healthcare system was under strain from people whose treatment was not covered by insurance.
Iraqi officials say at least 60 people are now known to have died during four days of antigovernment protests across the country. Hundreds were injured. The demonstrators are angry at a lack of jobs, poor public services and widespread corruption. This protester said people felt abandoned. The government has not stood up for me. I'm only living with the help of Allah, no housing, no salaries. And I'm a graduate with five languages. This is in a protested country. The poor have no link to the parties. Who speaks on behalf of all those people?
The digital payments company PayPal says it has pulled out of the Libra Association, an alliance led by Facebook which is trying to introduce a digital currency. Facebook has said it plans to launch the cryptocurrency in June 2020, but the project has drawn opposition from some countries and central banks. Publicly they've said they still support the aspirations of Libra, but privately we understand they've got a few concerns that Facebook hasn't been able to fight back against the regulatory concerns that have hit them. There's worry that this is such a kind of radical idea in terms of how people would spend money globally and that they're going to have to do an awful lot to stop things like money laundering taking place on the platform, and it seems that PayPal isn't quite satisfied that Facebook has managed to address those concerns.
Hong Kong's entire rail network remains shut down after violent protests on Friday, including the crucial link to the airport. Transport officials say they can't reopen the metro system until maintenance staff can assess and repair the damaged stations attacked by demonstrators. Thousands of people took to the streets to protest about a newly-imposed ban on wearing face masks. The protesters use the masks to avoid identification.
Several thousand people have demonstrated in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, calling on President Jovenel Moïse to step down. Haitian police clashed with demonstrators armed with stones, bottles and petrol bombs. The clashes broke out as police used trucks, water cannon and tear gas to prevent protesters from marching on the headquarters of the United Nations peacekeeping force which is based near the airport in the capital.
Campaigning has ended in Portugal ahead of Sunday's general election. The Socialist Party of the Prime Minister Antonio Costa is leading in the opinion polls. They've survived four years in power despite being only the second largest party in parliament, thanks to deals with the far left. The Prime Minister Antonio Costa claims to have turned the page on austerity, reversing cuts to public employee's salaries, but critics accuse him of squeezing public investment to meet eurozone budget rules.
Transport unions in Ecuador have suspended their strike over the government's decision to scrap fuel subsidies which has prompted widespread violent protests. The head of a federation representing eleven transport unions said they had achieved their aim of airing their complaints to the government and were conscious of the situation in the country. Nearly four hundred people have been arrested during two days of nationwide protests against the removal of subsidies which resulted in a doubling in the price of diesel. Some movements have said they will continue protesting.