Get the latest information on the political landscape, entertainment updates, and health sector in the world with this The Leader news highlight for May! The latest news in the world that you need to know are the following:
the NSA scandal continues to grow, with the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper saying he would resign if he lied to Congress, and the Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo as the next CIA Director, which has been the focus of controversy since he made controversial remarks about Muslims; a jury in Virginia has convicted former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell of 18 counts of corruption, including accepting $175,000 in gifts and loans from a businessman, and a former aide to the governor has pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators; the top Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate and House have announced that they will try to work out a budget deal before the current spending bill expires on May 23rd, but both sides have indicated that they are far apart; the State Department announced that it will pay $7.5 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former employee, and the Justice Department is investigating a private firm that is alleged to have sent letters to the parents of students who are not enrolled in the military, inviting them to join the military. And there are more stories that you need to know, including the Oscars, who won, and who did not, as well as who was the best dressed at the Academy Awards, and who was the best dressed at the Met Gala.
The May 7th political election in Russia will be held on Sunday, May 7th. This election will be the first time in the post-Soviet era that a president has been elected by popular vote. Putin has been elected to a new six-year term as President. The election is expected to be a close race, with polls giving Putin a lead of about 10% over his main opponent, the liberal reformer, Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
The first phase of the World Cup begins on May 11th with the first match of Group A between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The other teams in Group A are South Korea, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. The Group B matches begin on May 14th with the Netherlands facing Argentina, Nigeria facing Mexico, and Spain facing Iran.
In the first week of May, 1,600 additional Ebola cases were reported in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, bringing the total number of cases to 10,105.
The Obama administration is continuing to pressure Cuba to end its restrictions on U.S. citizens visiting the island. This is the first time that a U.S. president has demanded that Cuba lift its restrictions on American travel. President Obama has promised that if Cuba does not lift the restrictions, the U.