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The Donald J. Trump Foundation and its directors are accused of conducting "extensive unlawful political coordination" with the Mr Trump's 2016 US presidential campaign.
The Donald J. Trump Foundation and its directors are accused of conducting "extensive unlawful political coordination" with the Mr Trump's 2016 US presidential campaign.PHOTO: NYTIMES

New York sues Trump, his foundation, over ‘self-dealing’

New York’s attorney general sued US President Donald Trump, three of his children and his namesake foundation on Thursday (June 14), alleging “persistently illegal conduct” at the nonprofit, including support for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. 

Barbara Underwood, the attorney general, asked a New York state judge to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation and to ban Trump, his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and his daughter Ivanka from holding leadership roles in New York charities. 

Underwood said her office’s 21-month investigation, begun under her predecessor Eric Schneiderman, uncovered “extensive unlawful political coordination” by the foundation with Trump’s campaign, as well as “repeated and willful self-dealing” to benefit Trump’s personal, business and political interests. 


Watchdog faults James Comey over 2016 Clinton probe, but says no bias

A Justice Department report gave US President Donald Trump new ammunition on Thursday (June 14) in his fight against investigators when it called former FBI director James Comey "insubordinate" in his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The department's internal watchdog found no evidence of political bias in the Clinton e-mail probe, which shook the election campaign's dynamics and may have influenced her defeat.

But Comey and the FBI were heavily faulted, with Comey, a strong critic of Trump, seen as repeatedly skirting agency rules and procedures, and two FBI agents under him showing in personal messages a "willingness to take official action to impact" Trump's chances in the election.


France orders tobacco industry: Stub out cigarette butt pollution 

France will force tobacco companies to help end the scourge of cigarette butts that litter streets and contaminate water, unless they take voluntary action in the next three months, a government minister said on Thursday (June 14).

The city of Paris picks up 350 tonnes of cigarette butts every year despite wall-mounted ashtrays and the threat of a 68 euro (S$105) fine for anyone caught throwing one on the street.

"If no effective commitments are proposed by September, the government will force the industry to get involved in the collection and elimination of its waste," junior environment minister Brune Poirson said ahead of a meeting with industry representatives.


Ellen DeGeneres returns to stand-up comedy after 15 years

Ellen DeGeneres is going back to her roots, launching her first stand-up comedy tour in 15 years in a limited run of shows on the US West Coast in August.

The TV talk show host and actress will visit three cities over eight nights, promoters Live Nation said on Thursday (June 14).

DeGeneres, 60, began her career in the 1980s as a stand-up comedian in her home town of New Orleans before launching her comedy show Ellen, in which her character in 1997 came out as gay and became the first openly lesbian character on television.


Football: Saudi coach feels the shame in heavy defeat by Russia 

Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi described a "feeling of shame" after his side suffered a 5-0 hammering at the hands of hosts Russia in the World Cup's opening game at the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday (June 14).

"The opposing team really didn't have to make a huge effort to win this game," he said after a one-sided showing that marked a dream start for the home team in front of a capacity crowd.

"We have now to forget this feeling of shame and start thinking about the next match."