Police officer in death won’t be charged — After years of silence, federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won’t bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — “I can’t breathe” — became a national rallying cry against police brutality. The decision was made by Attorney General William Barr and was announced the day before the five-year anniversary of the deadly Staten Island encounter, just as the statute of limitations was set to expire. Civil rights prosecutors in Washington had favored filing criminal charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, but ultimately Barr sided with other federal prosecutors based in Brooklyn who said evidence, including a bystander’s widely viewed cellphone video, wasn’t sufficient to make a case, a Justice Department official told The Associated Press.
German defense minister secures top EU post — The first woman chosen to be the European Union’s top executive clinched her selection on Tuesday, narrowly winning approval from the European Parliament after her unexpected nomination as a compromise candidate. Ursula von der Leyen of Germany was selected to lead the European Commission and the 32,000-member staff at the heart of the European project. She will represent the European Union — 28 countries and more than half a billion people that together form the richest collective in the world — in major events like the Group of 20 meetings.
Ties to Epstein rattle PM campaign in Israel — The former Israeli leader Ehud Barak, who is seeking a new term as prime minister, is facing scrutiny over his financial and personal ties to Jeffrey Epstein, the American financier charged with sex trafficking and abusing underage girls. Barak, 77, received some $2.3 million in payments from a foundation associated with Epstein from 2004 to 2006, and Epstein invested a reported $1 million in a limited partnership established by Barak in 2015. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is facing possible indictment in three corruption cases involving his relations with tycoons, has demanded an investigation into Barak’s relationship with Epstein. Barak has denied wrongdoing.
Duterte, unabashed sexist, signs harassment law — President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, known for his long history of crude remarks about women, including jokes about rape, has signed a law that criminalizes wolf-whistling, catcalling and other forms of sexual harassment in public spaces. Called the Safe Spaces Act, the law was signed in April, but it was only made public this week. The law bans sexual harassment and penalizes groping, stalking and making misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic or sexist slurs. It also covers online harassment. Offenses are punishable by up to $9,750.
Visa denial imperils Moscow school — Russia’s Foreign Ministry has recently denied visas for teachers at a school in Moscow run by Western embassies, in what American officials suggested was an effort to exert political pressure on the United States by curtailing schooling for the children of diplomats. It is not clear why the Russian government denied entry to 30 teachers, about one fifth of the teaching staff at the Anglo-American School of Moscow; the Foreign Ministry did not respond to written questions on Tuesday. But Moscow’s conflicts with Washington and London have flared repeatedly in recent years, and the school has been in the political cross hairs before.
Planned Parenthood ousts president — Planned Parenthood on Tuesday removed its president after less than a year, seeking new leadership at a time when abortion rights have come under increasing attack. The ouster reflected a widening disagreement between the president, Leana Wen, and the board of directors over which direction to steer one of the nation’s leading women’s reproductive rights groups. Wen, the first physician to lead the organization in decades, said it should be treated as a health care issue. But four people familiar with the matter said the group’s board of directors felt it needed a more aggressive political leader.
Puerto Rico governor will not resign — Facing intense pressure to resign, Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló addressed Puerto Rico on Tuesday, the morning after tumultuous street protests shook the capital of San Juan, and refused to step down despite what he acknowledged was widespread public discontent. Lawmakers from Rosselló’s governing New Progressive Party had said they were willing to give him time to reflect amid a political crisis that has overtaken his administration. Rosselló signaled Tuesday that he had made up his mind to stay, though he would not say whether he would run for reelection in 2020 as planned.
2019 Emmy nominations — Despite its controversial final episodes, HBO’s unstoppable “Game of Thrones” earned 32 Emmy Award nominations on Tuesday morning, including best drama series — and shattered the record for the most nods for a show in a single season. Close behind were Amazon’s critic-favorite comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” with 19 nominations, and HBO’s surprise hit “Chernobyl” with 18. NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” also walked away with 18, and landed plenty of noms for its celebrity guest hosts.