Philippines election: Duterte allies sweep Senate — Allies of President Rodrigo Duterte appear to have swept the elections for the Philippine Senate, according to unofficial results Tuesday, giving him a stronger grip on the one legislative chamber that had shown some degree of independence from his authoritarian rule. With more than 95% of the vote counted, candidates backed by Duterte looked likely to win all 12 of the seats in the 24-member Senate that were up for election in Monday’s voting. If that is confirmed in the coming days by the Commission on Elections, then a small opposition bloc in the Senate that had managed to thwart some of the president’s agenda will become substantially weaker.
As swine fever roils Asia, hogs are culled — A man in a white protective suit parked a dump truck at the edge of a dusty pit and unloaded a pile of pink carcasses. They tumbled to the ground just as a second truck arrived. The scene at a Hong Kong landfill this week was part of a government effort to kill and dispose of 6,000 pigs from a slaughterhouse where one of them had been found to have African swine fever. It was the latest turn in an outbreak that has decimated pig herds in the Chinese mainland and rapidly spread elsewhere in Asia in recent months, and which experts say shows no sign of stopping.
Yemen rebels attack Saudi oil facilities — Yemen’s Houthi rebels carried out multiple drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities Tuesday, a day after Saudi Arabia said two of its oil tankers had been damaged in an act of sabotage, ratcheting up tensions in the region. A Houthi spokesman, Mohammed Abdul Salam, claimed responsibility for the drone strikes on Twitter, saying that they were a response to Saudi “aggression” and “genocide” in Yemen. Although the Houthis are backed by Iran, it was unclear whether the attacks were related to increasing tensions between Iran and the United States and its allies in the Persian Gulf.
Trump’s son agrees to ‘limited’ interview — Donald Trump Jr. and the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee reached a deal on Tuesday for the president’s eldest son to return for a time-limited private interview with senators in the coming weeks, an accord that should cool a heated intraparty standoff. The deal came after an aggressive push by the younger Trump’s allies, who accused the Intelligence Committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, of caving to Democrats by issuing a subpoena for his testimony. The terms of the compromise include an appearance by Trump Jr. in mid-June, with the questions limited to about a half-dozen topics and the time limited to no longer than two to four hours.
FDA can’t regulate death-penalty drugs — The Justice Department has declared that the Food and Drug Administration lacks legal authority to regulate drugs that are used to carry out lethal injections, opening the door for states to import scarce death-penalty drugs even if the agency has not approved their use. In a 26-page memo signed on May 3 and quietly posted Tuesday evening on the Justice Department’s website, Steven A. Engel, the head of the department’s powerful Office of Legal Counsel, concluded that the FDA had no right to regulate death-penalty drugs because they do not count as a “drug” or a “device” within the meaning of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938.
Montana’s governor announces presidential run — Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, who was twice elected to lead a state that President Donald Trump carried by more than 20 points, has entered the Democratic presidential primary, vowing to elevate the issue of campaign finance. “We need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people’s voice so we can finally make good on the promise of a fair shot for everyone,” he said in a video. Bullock, a 53-year-old lawyer, is the 22nd Democrat to enter the presidential race. He announced his campaign Tuesday.
Border wall to go up in monument, wildlife refuge — The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to documents and environmental advocates. The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday again waived environmental and dozens of other laws to build more barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. Barriers will go up at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.