Francis' action comes after a storm of criticism over his handling of a scandal involving a Chilean bishop. None of the original commission's most outspoken lay advocates for victims will be back.
The national security adviser's statement, coming after 13 indictments in Robert Mueller's probe, shows a split in official views on interference in the 2016 election.
If Germany's center-left Social Democrat members say no, the new government can't be formed. That would leave as options an unprecedented minority government under the chancellor or a new election.
Although Swedish prosecutors dropped sex crime charges against the WikiLeaks founder in 2017, saying there was no prospect of extraditing him to Sweden in the near future, the judge is holding him accountable for jumping bail.
The decision came after Spain’s top court ruled that Carles Puigdemont could be re-elected only if he was physically present in the parliament in Barcelona—where he could face arrest.
As France suffers its heaviest rains in 50 years, the inhabitants and tourists of the capital cope with an overflow of the Seine. The Louvre Museum has closed its bottom floor in response to the threat.
Milos Zeman has divided the nation with his pro-Kremlin stance, support for closer ties with China, and strong anti-migrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric.