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January 12, 2021

The Trump Organization has contracts to operate skating rinks, a carousel, and a golf course for New York City — but lawyers are now investigating whether the city can cut ties, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.

"We are looking at that very, very carefully and very quickly," he told reporters during a press conference. "The president incited a rebellion against the United States government — clearly an unconstitutional act and people died. That's unforgivable."

The Trump Organization runs Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, a public golf course in the Bronx, as well as Central Park's carousel and two skating rinks. Every year, the Trump Organization makes $17 million in revenue from those businesses, The Washington Post reports.

City Councilman Mark Levine, a Democrat, told The New York Times he believes the contracts could be terminated because they are "at will" agreements. Levine has been vocal about ending the contracts with Trump, saying it's "been a no-brainer for years, but it would be beyond outrageous if, even now, we allow him to continue to profit off those businesses, which are on public property that is our sacred public green space."

The golf course, rinks, and carousel have all been "underperforming, so the city is getting a worse and worse deal out of it," Levine added. "People are avoiding these places because of the Trump name." The agreements for the Central Park ice rinks and carousel are set to expire in April, while the golf course contract ends in April 2032. Catherine Garcia

August 6, 2018

The official Saudi Press Agency announced on Sunday that the Canadian ambassador has 24 hours to leave the country, and Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Canada, after Canada's foreign ministry called on Saudi authorities to release jailed civil rights activists.

Saudi Arabia is also suspending new trade and investment with Canada, Reuters reports, and retains "its rights to take further action." Since May, more than a dozen women's rights activists have been arrested, including Samar Badawi on Wednesday. She is the sister of Raif Badawi, a blogger and dissident who was arrested in 2012. His wife, Ensaf Haidar, now lives in Canada, and on Friday, Canada said it was "gravely concerned" over the arrests and urged "Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful human rights activists."

Many of the women's rights activists have demanded an end to the male guardianship system. In its statement, Saudi Arabia said it does not get involved in the internal matters of other countries, Reuters reports, and "any further step from the Canadian side in that direction will be considered as acknowledgment of our right to interfere in the Canadian domestic affairs." Catherine Garcia

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