US officials knew of Ukraine’s Trump anxiety, AP reports

Despite his denials, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was feeling pressure from the Trump Administration to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden before his July phone call with President Donald Trump that has led to impeachment hearings.

Iran raises gas prices by 50%, protesters called 'thugs' by President Khamenei

  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Iran's supreme leader on Sunday backed the government's decision to raise gasoline prices and called angry protesters who have been setting fire to public property over the hike "thugs," signaling a potential crackdown on the demonstrations.   Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments came as authorities shut down the internet across Iran to smother the protests in some two dozen cities and towns over the rise of government-set prices by 50% as of Friday. One firm said it was the biggest internet outage ever seen in Iran.   Since the hike, demonstrators have abandoned their cars along major highways and joined mass protests in the capital, Tehran, and elsewhere. Some protests turned violent, with demonstrators setting fires and there was also gunfire.   It remains to be seen how many people have been injured, killed and arrested as videos from the protests have shown people gravely wounded.   Iranian authorities on Sunday raised the official death toll in the violence surrounding the unrest to at least two. Attackers targeting a police station in Kermanshah on Saturday killed one officer there, the state-run IRNA news agency reported Sunday. Earlier, one man was reported killed.

White House releases rough transcript of first Trump-Zelenskiy call

President Donald Trump on Friday released the summary transcript of an April congratulatory call with Ukraine President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the latest salvo in the White House struggle to blunt Democrats’ contention that Trump abused his power in calling on a foreign leader to involve himself in the U.S. presidential election.

Two people diagnosed with plague in China

Two people were reportedly diagnosed with the highly infectious, potentially fatal pneumonic plague, which is also known as the Black Death, in a Beijing hospital, Chinese authorities revealed Tuesday.