Trump, Iran, Björk: Your Thursday Briefing

Trump, Iran, Björk: Your Thursday Briefing

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We start today with a battle between Congress and the Justice Department in the U.S., Iran’s plans to quit parts of the nuclear deal and attempts to change tourism in the Netherlands.

That was Representative Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, as Democrats took a major step toward holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for the unredacted Mueller report.

The vote, along party lines, came hours after President Trump asserted executive privilege, the first of his term, over the same material. The Justice Department called the vote an unnecessary and overwrought reaction.

Separately, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, was subpoenaed by a Republican-led Senate panel to testify about a meeting he had with Russians after he was promised political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that his country would stop complying with two of its commitments under the 2015 agreement, and the Trump administration responded with a new round of sanctions against Tehran, reviving a crisis that had been contained for the past four years.

His announcement came exactly one year after President Trump withdrew the U.S. entirely from the agreement, although the administration has continued to demand that Iran fulfill its commitments.

What’s next: Mr. Rouhani said Iran would begin to build up stockpiles of nuclear material and could resume construction of a reactor if European nations don’t begin trading oil, in violation of U.S. sanctions.

Closer look: As the divide widens between Iran and the U.S., the European Union finds itself trapped between them, with no easy or quick way to respond to its dilemma.

Dutch tourism in some cities like Amsterdam has become so overwhelming that officials are trying to pivot travelers to lesser-known destinations in the country.

By 2030, the Netherlands — a country of 17 million — could see up to 42 million tourists, a report by the Dutch tourism board predicted. A spokeswoman for the board said marketing campaigns would now focus on places not as well known abroad.

Previously, marketing campaigns worked almost too well.

Problems: Amsterdam, for example, receives an asphyxiating 19 million tourists per year. The city brought in measures to limit bad behavior, like banning tours of the red-light district and taxing other tours in the capital. The tourism board is also worried for the famous tulip fields, where visitors trample flowers to get the perfect photo.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be known as Master Archie.

Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, introduced their two-day-old son at Windsor Castle. The newborn slept through his first interview before meeting the queen, his great-grandmother. His parents chose not to give him a royal title.

On their Instagram account, they later shared a photograph of the queen peering smilingly into the baby’s face while his beaming mother held him.

Tens of thousands of ISIS followers and their families are stuck in Iraq and Syria. Women are dying of malnutrition and sickness, and children are too exhausted to speak.

Local militias running the camps said that they cannot detain other countries’ citizens forever. But few countries have intervened to bring back some of their citizens, and the debate has only become more pressing.

Venezuela: The vice president of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly was detained by intelligence officers in the capital on Wednesday night, the latest sign of a crackdown after a failed uprising.

Huawei: The U.S. secretary of state warned Britain that its cooperation with the Chinese tech giant could put American intelligence sharing at risk.

The Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte gave Canada a May 15 deadline to take back tons of trash mistakenly sent to the Philippines several years ago, saying he will ship the garbage back if the Canadians do not comply.

Uber: The ride-hailing giant plans to price its initial public offering at the midpoint of its expected price range. At the midpoint, $47 a share, Uber would be valued at about $86 billion. Days before the company’s I.P.O., Uber drivers in Australia and Britain began a series of strikes to protest wages and work conditions.

Deadly New York fire: Six people, including four children, were killed in a blaze in a city-owned apartment building.

FIFA: Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president whose term ended in scandal, wants his watches back. Specifically, dozens of luxury watches he said he left at headquarters after he was forced out in 2015.

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