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News Wrap: U.S. officially notifies United Nations of plan to withdraw from WHO

In our news wrap Tuesday, the Trump administration has officially notified Congress and the United Nations that the U.S. is withdrawing from the World Health Organization. The U.S. has previously contributed over $400 million annually to the organization -- more than any other country. Also, one person has been hospitalized after a driver sped through a protest in Bloomington, Indiana, on Monday.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: The Trump administration has officially notified Congress and the United Nations that the U.S. is withdrawing from the World Health Organization, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But the withdrawal cannot legally go into effect for at least another year.

    The U.S. has previously contributed over $400 million a year to the WHO, more than any other country.

    Later, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, tweeted that he will rejoin the WHO on his first day as president.

    The Democratic mayor of Atlanta said that the city doesn't need National Guard troops to protect it, after a weekend of gun violence. Last night, Republican Governor Brian Kemp sent the troops to patrol the streets, after he declared a state of emergency.

    We will examine the recent spike in gun violence across the country later in the program.

    One person is hospitalized after a driver sped through a protest in Bloomington, Indiana, late Monday. The driver struck two people, as demonstrators protested an assault on a black man at a lake over the weekend.

    Vauhxx Booker said that a group of white men attacked him July 4 and threatened to — quote — "get a noose."

    His attorney spoke to reporters this afternoon.

  • Katharine Liell:

    I can confirm that an official investigation has been opened up by the FBI. I believe it has been approved by the United States attorney's office, and they are investigating this as a hate crime.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Authorities are still searching for the driver of the car that struck the two people at yesterday's protest.

    The FBI sounded the alarm today about the growing number of threats emerging from China. Its director, Christopher Wray, highlighted several areas of increased Beijing aggression, including targeting U.S. military technology and economic coercion.

    He told a Washington think tank, the increase in Chinese cases at the bureau is concerning.

  • Christopher Wray:

    We have now reached a point where the FBI is opening a new China-related counterintelligence case about every 10 hours.

    Of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases currently under way across the country, almost half are all related to China.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Wray also urged Chinese-born people living in the U.S. to contact the FBI if Chinese officials try to force them into returning home to China. He said it is part of a Chinese coercion program designed to silence criticism of Beijing's policies.

    New York regulators fined Deutsche Bank $150 million for its dealings with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. It is the first disciplinary action against a financial institution over business with the financier. Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail last August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

    At least 55 people have died in Southern Japan after torrential rains and floods swept across the region. A dozen others are still missing. In some towns, floodwaters submerged cars, and the record-breaking rain triggered landslides. Meanwhile, rescue crews rushed to evacuate residents.

  • Yoshihide Suga (through translator):

    About 80,000 members from the police, fire department, and Japan Coast Guard are on a search-and-rescue mission. Our policy is saving people's lives first, and we will make our very best effort in our mission.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Some three million residents have been urged to evacuate Kyushu, which is Japan's third largest island.

    A bus crash in China today killed at least 21 people. The bus lost control and plunged into a reservoir in southern city. It was carrying students who had just completed their college entrance exams. Fifteen people were injured.

    Back in this country, it was primary day in New Jersey and Delaware. Many voted by mail on account of the pandemic. Official results won't likely be announced until next week.

    Meanwhile, in Utah, the results are in from last week's Republican gubernatorial primary. Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox narrowly defeated former U.S. Ambassador and former Governor Jon Huntsman.

    Details emerged today about a new tell-all book written by President Trump's niece. Mary Trump, a psychologist, alleged that her uncle is a narcissist, and that he paid someone to take his college SAT test for him.

    She wrote — quote — "No one is less equipped than my uncle to manage the current crises facing the nation." The White House called the memoir a book of falsehood. It is set to be released next week.

    The European Union has projected a deeper-than-expected recession from the pandemic. It now forecasts that the bloc's economy will shrink 8.3 percent this year. Meanwhile, in the U.S., stocks took a dive on Wall Street today.

    The Dow Jones industrial average lost 397 points to close at 25890. The Nasdaq fell nearly 90 points, and the S&P 500 shed 34.

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