In our news wrap Tuesday, it has been widely reported that a Trump administration policy will allow lawsuits over U.S. properties seized by Cuba after the 1959 revolution. The move would represent a shift from two decades of U.S. policy. Meanwhile, British protesters calling attention to climate change blocked key intersections and bridges across central London, bringing traffic to a standstill.
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In the day's other news: The Trump administration is set to pile more pressure on Cuba. It is widely reported that a new policy will allow lawsuits over U.S. properties seized by Cuba after the 1959 revolution. That would mark a shift from two decades of U.S. policy, under presidents from both parties. National Security Adviser John Bolton is expected to announce the change tomorrow in Miami.
Protesters in Britain, calling attention to climate change, blocked key intersections and bridges across Central London today. They brought traffic to a standstill and disrupted public transportation. Police arrested more than 200 people, but the demonstrators vowed to press their campaign.
Greenhouse gas emissions keep going up. We're losing the Arctic. We anticipate food crises, mass migration, internal migration. It's going to be a huge amount of disruption in the rest of our lives and our children's lives and their children's lives. And, you know, it needs to be taken seriously.
The group, Extinction Rebellion, had organized the protests. It is demanding that Britain reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a net of zero by the year 2025.
The Russian government demanded today that Facebook and Twitter move all data about Russian users onto servers in Russia within nine months. The step is required by a 2015 Russian law that has raised concerns about privacy and political control. Moscow warned that Twitter and Facebook could be blocked inside Russia if they fail to comply.
This was election eve in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. Incumbent President Joko Widodo was the front-runner going into tomorrow's vote, but Islamist forces backed a challenger. Ballot boxes and election material were delivered to polling stations today, with nearly 200 million people eligible to vote.
Nulia Fiumina (through translator):
My fear is that there might be manipulation of votes in some polling stations. But I think the police will tighten security, so hopefully the election will run smoothly.
Indonesians will also be choosing a new Parliament tomorrow.
Back in this country, there is word that President Trump's lawyers are finishing a rebuttal to the special counsel's Russia report. Attorney General William Barr plans to release a redacted version of the report on Thursday morning. Presidential attorney Rudy Giuliani now says that the rebuttal will be published within hours of Barr's release, and will be dozens of pages long.
The crowded field of Democratic candidates raised a combined $75 million in the first quarter of this year. The total is down from the same period in the 2008 campaign, when eight Democratic hopefuls raised more than $80 million.
Meanwhile, President Trump's reelection campaign raised $30 million in the first quarter.
On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 67 points to close at 26452. The Nasdaq rose 24 points, and the S&P 500 added one.
And there is one very lucky dog in Thailand tonight. It was spotted swimming Friday 135 miles from shore in the Gulf of Thailand. The dog managed to reach an offshore oil rig, where the crew hoisted it with a rope to safety. They have said that it may have fallen off a fishing boat. The dog arrived in a Thai port on Monday, and is now in the care of an animal protection group.
Still to come on the "NewsHour": sitting down with Oleg Deripaska, the Russian oligarch thought to be a close ally of Vladimir Putin; the risks posed by climate change in Africa; drones make lifesaving medical deliveries to rural hospitals in Rwanda; and much more.