CEO to meet lawmakers

WASHINGTON – Facebook Inc chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg will hold meetings with some US lawmakers today, before he is due to appear at Congressional hearings over a political consultancy’s use of customer data, two congressional aides said on Sunday.

The planned meetings at Capitol Hill are expected to continue to this afternoon and include some lawmakers from committees before whom Mr Zuckerberg is due to testify, said the aides, who asked not to be identified because the meetings have not been made public. Facebook declined to comment.

Police foil attacks

BERLIN – German police said they detained several people in Berlin who they suspected of planning a crime linked to Sunday’s half-marathon, and newspaper Die Welt said one was suspected of planning a knife attack at the popular event.

Berlin police said in a statement they had detained suspects aged between 18 and 21 after searches in the districts of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and Neukoelln in the capital. They did not say how many people they detained.

“Because of the ongoing investigation, no further information can be given at the present time,” the police added in their statement.

‘Attacker was a loner’

MUENSTER, Germany – The man who drove a camper van into a group of people sitting outside a restaurant in the German city of Muenster on Saturday acted alone and appears to have had mental health problems, the regional interior minister said on Sunday.

The man killed two people when he ploughed the vehicle into people seated at tables outside the Grosser Kiepenkerl eatery, a popular destination for tourists in the old town of the university city in western Germany. He then shot himself dead.

Official plans to leave

WASHINGTON – The spokesperson for President Donald Trump’s National Security Council plans to leave the administration, the White House said on Sunday, a day before Mr Trump’s third national security adviser formally takes up his post.

Michael Anton, who also worked for former President George W Bush’s National Security Council and is a former BlackRock managing director, is leaving after serving under Mr Trump for more than a year, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

“Michael is one of the smartest and most talented individuals I’ve ever worked with,” Ms Sanders said. “He will be greatly missed.”

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