Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Tuesday.
1. US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, surrendered to the FBI on Monday after charges were laid as part of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Manafort‘s charges include conspiracy against the US, conspiracy to launder money, being unregistered agents of a foreign principal and making false and misleading statements.
2. An early Trump campaign adviser has also pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about Russian contacts. Charges against George Papadopoulos also detailed the campaign’s plan to send a “low-level” staffer to Russia so as not to arouse suspicion and shift the timeline of Russia’s election interference.
3. The sacked leader of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, who declared the region’s independence on Friday, has fled to Belgium. Spain has charged Puigdemont and 13 government colleagues with rebellion, sedition and embezzlement.
4. Facebook says 126 million Americans may have seen Russian posts that tried to sway the 2016 US election. In a written statement to US lawmakers Facebook said Russia-based operatives created approximately 80,000 posts over a two-year period.
5. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator wants to know whether Russia interfered with the Brexit vote. Guy Verhofstadt requested an investigation into the matter, a week after a UK department wrote an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg about potential meddling.
6. China’s ambassador to the US told the country to stay out of negotiations for a code of conduct over the South China Sea. The comments come ahead of Trump’s first state visit to China in early November.
7. A US court has banned the Trump administration from changing the military’s policy on transgender people. Trump had tried to reverse an Obama policy that allowed transgender troops to openly serve.
8. The Philippines’ police chief, who led the nation’s deadly war on drugs, is considering running for President. Ronald dela Rosa isn’t the only potential 2022 candidate, the name of boxer and senator Manny Pacquiao has also been repeatedly suggested by media.
9. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has arrived in Brazil to lobby against a law that would treat Ubers more like taxis. Brazil is Uber’s third-largest market and Sao Paulo hosts more Uber trips than any other city in the world.
10. Australia’s controversial detention on Manus Island closed at 5pm, local time, today, 18 months after a Papua New Guinea court found it unconstitutional. However, 600 refugees and asylum seekers detained there remain in limbo on what the PNG has now declared a naval base, arguing the situation breaches their human rights.