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Great American novelist and literary icon Philip Roth dies aged 85 - Wednesday briefing

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The literary world is mourning the loss of a legend

Anna Freeman

23 Mayo 2018 11:27

Hello, this is Anna bringing you Wednesday's top stories from around the world.

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A literary legend dies

Great American novelist Philip Roth, who explored middle America in his literature for more than six decades, died on Tuesday aged 85. Roth’s death was confirmed by his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who said the author died on Tuesday night of congestive heart failure. His biographer, Blake Bailey, said on Twitter that Roth died surrounded by friends. Roth’s literary canon reflected the complexities of his Jewish-American heritage in books such as Portnoy’s Complaint, American Pastoral, The Human Stain and The Plot Against America.

Trump-Kim summit cast in doubt

Donald Trump said there was a ‘very substantial chance’ that his highly-anticipated summit next month with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, could be postponed. Trump raised doubts over the timing of the summit, due in Singapore on 12 June, at a White House meeting with the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in. ‘We’re moving along. We’ll see what happens,’ Trump told reporters. ‘There are certain conditions we want to happen. I think we’ll get those conditions. And if we don’t, we won’t have the meeting.’

Son sued and evicted by parents

A judge has ordered a 30-year-old man in New York state to move out of his parents’ house, following a short legal battle brought to the courts by the man’s parents. During the hearing on Tuesday, state supreme court justice Donald Greenwood tried to convince Michael Rotondo, who reportedly moved back home eight years ago, to leave the family home in Camillus, near Syracuse, of his own accord. But Rotondo argued that he was entitled to six more months of living with his family. Greenwood called this demand ‘outrageous’ and served him with an eviction order. Michael, in turn, called the eviction order outrageous.

History made

Stacey Abrams, the daughter of a shipyard worker and a librarian from Mississippi whose ancestors were born into slavery, was nominated to be Georgia’s Democratic nominee, becoming the first black American woman to win her party’s nomination for chief executive in the nation’s history.

McDonald’s under fire over sexual harassment

Ten workers at McDonald's fast food franchises in the US have filed complaints of sexual harassment against the company. The female workers, one of whom is 15 years old, allege groping, propositions, indecent exposure and lewd comments. McDonald's said it takes such allegations ‘very seriously’ and that its franchises should do the same. The complaints, which were filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, were brought on behalf of the workers by the campaign group The Fight for $15. It says that the workers - based in cities such as Miami, Los Angeles and Detroit - were ignored or mocked when they reported instances of sexual harassment to their managers.

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