Trump distances himself from Alabama abortion law — President Donald Trump has joined a chorus of Republicans distancing themselves from new state laws banning the majority of abortions, though he emphasized what he called a “strongly pro-life” stance he has held throughout his time in the White House. Without referring specifically to an Alabama law enacted last week that makes performing abortions a felony unless a pregnancy seriously risks a woman’s health, Trump reiterated his position that abortion should be legal after rape or incest. By injecting himself into debate over a new crop of strict antiabortion statutes, in Alabama and other states, the presidential tweets heightened the divisions emerging with the Republican Party over how far abortion opponents should go.
Attack near Egyptian pyramids wounds at least 14 — An explosion apparently targeting a bus filled with tourists near the pyramids of Giza in Egypt wounded at least 14 people Sunday, according to security officials and the state-run news media. The attack occurred close to a giant national museum that is under construction near the pyramids. It was the second attack on tourists in Giza in six months, and it suggested that armed militants opposed to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi were seeking to undermine his authority by hitting tourists at a time when he is planning a gala opening for the long-awaited institution. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Trump activity raised bank’s red flag — Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog. The transactions set off alerts in a computer system designed to detect illicit activity, according to five current and former bank employees. But executives at Deutsche Bank, which has lent billions of dollars to the Trump and Kushner companies, rejected their employees’ advice. The reports were never filed with the government.
Austrian president calls for fall elections — The Austrian president called Sunday for new elections in September, a day after the government collapsed over the emergence of a video that showed the country’s far-right vice chancellor promising favors to a woman who claimed to be a Russian investor. The revelations led thousands to take to the streets of Vienna on Saturday to demand new elections. On Sunday, the president, Alexander Van der Bellen, said the country had “exact rules and procedures” to handle the crisis that ensued after Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said he could no longer work with the Freedom Party, led by Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache.
India’s leader appears headed for reelection — Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one of the most powerful and divisive leaders India has produced in decades, appeared headed for reelection, according to exit polls released Sunday at the end of mammoth parliamentary elections. Modi seems to have emerged from the largest democratic vote in human history relatively unscathed by complaints of joblessness and distress on farms. According to all of the major exit polls, Modi’s brand of Hindu nationalist politics, coupled with his efforts to project a strong image of India abroad, played well among the 900 million registered voters. Modi would govern for five more years.
Trump pans Republican for impeachment remark — President Donald Trump attacked Rep. Justin Amash as a “total lightweight” and “loser” Sunday, a day after the Michigan Republican congressman said Trump’s behavior had reached the “threshold for impeachment.” The president’s attacks reinforced Amash’s isolation within his party, as even the Republican lawmakers who might be most sympathetic to his position avoided stepping forward to join him. Earlier Sunday, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who has been one of the few members of his party to even mildly chastise Trump in public after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, described Amash’s statement as “courageous.” But Romney dismissed the idea of impeachment.
Commencement speaker to pay loans — The 396 young men began the day as students, ready to graduate from Morehouse College — full of hope but burdened in most cases with the debts that financed their education. Then their commencement speaker went off-script with an extraordinary pledge: The newly minted alumni of the historically black college in Atlanta would go forth into the world student debt-free. Robert Smith, the billionaire investor who founded Visa Equity Partners, told the crowd he and his family would pay off the entire graduating class’ student debt. It took a moment for the immensity of the promise to sink in. Then the place erupted in glee.
11 killed in gun attack in Brazil — A gang of gunmen reportedly attacked a bar in the capital of Brazil’s northern Pará state Sunday afternoon, and authorities said 11 people were killed. The state security agency confirmed late Sunday only that six women and five men died. The G1 news website said police reported that seven gunmen were involved in the attack, which also wounded one person. In late March, the federal government sent National Guard troops to Belém to reinforce security in the city for 90 days. Brazil hit a record high of 64,000 homicides in 2017, according to official statistics.