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Chuck Schumer. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced on Tuesday that he is calling on President Biden to nominate Damian Williams as the next U.S. attorney in Manhattan, which would make him the first Black man to hold the position.

Why it matters: The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan is one of the most prominent federal prosecutor's offices in the nation.

  • In recent years, the office has handled high-profile investigations involving close associates of former President Donald Trump, such as his former fixer Michael Cohen, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Details: Williams has worked in the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York since 2012, prosecuting and investigating white-collar crime, per his NYU profile, where he serves on the board of advisers.

  • Williams is currently chief of the office's Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, and has "played a key role in two high-profile public corruption cases," per the New York Times.
  • Schumer has also recommended the appointment of two other Black lawyers to fill U.S. attorney positions — Breon S. Peace as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York and Trini Ross for the Western District.

What's next: Schumer's recommendation is particularly significant as he is both the Senate majority leader as well as a senator for New York state, per the Times.

  • However, it is still up to Biden to nominate the nominees. After that, all three will face a Senate confirmation process.

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Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and planned to travel to another destination afterward when the gang abducted them in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne's spent longer under lockdowns than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.

Venezuela suspends talks with opposition after Maduro ally extradited to U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, in June. Photo: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key ally of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. Saturday to face money laundering charges in Florida, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: Venezuela's government called off negotiations with opposition officials that were scheduled for Sunday in Mexico in response to the extradition of Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and financial fixer for Maduro. Security forces placed six U.S. oil executives under house arrest later Saturday, per AP.