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As fallout from the Putin summit grows more toxic, Trump makes an all-caps threat against Iran and launches false attacks on Mueller
President Donald Trump is lashing out in all directions as the fallout from his summit with Vladimir Putin becomes ever more toxic, the Russia investigation grinds on with no end in sight, and his frustration boils over on a lack of progress on North Korea.
CNN's Brian Stelter says there are warning signs everywhere after President Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.
CNN political analyst and New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman discusses how President Trump operates with CNN's Brian Stelter, saying people shouldn't always look for underlying motives for Trump's actions.
President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to lash out at someone. (I know, what's new?) While Trump's target, special counsel Robert Mueller, was familiar, Trump's line of attack was new. The President tweeted that the Mueller investigation "seems intent on damaging the Republican Party's chances in the November Election."
With the recent criminal indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents, the special counsel's office made clear it has a treasure trove of information for its investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. What's less obvious is how long Robert Mueller will continue his work.
US President Donald Trump has launched a furious all-caps Twitter rebuke of Iran declaring "you will suffer consequences the likes of which few have ever suffered before."
Republican Sen. Rand Paul tweeted Monday that he will ask President Donald Trump to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, who criticized Trump's performance last week at the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Former Russian interpreter for Ronald Reagan, Dimitry Zarechnak, details the exchange that goes on between two presidents and their interpreters during one-on-one meetings.
Continued negotiations between North Korea and the US on denuclearization hinge on Washington's willingness to make a "bold move" and agree to a peace treaty with Pyongyang, according to an official with close knowledge of North Korea's position on the matter.
In The Boston Globe last week, distinguished scholar Andrew Bacevich put forth some strong criticism of President Donald Trump's opponents. He said he increasingly has come to believe that "Trump's election has induced a paranoid response, one that, unless curbed, may well pose a greater danger to the country than Trump himself. This paranoid response finds expression in obsessive attention given to just about anything Trump says, along with equally obsessive speculation about what he might do next."
The FBI on Saturday released a redacted version of its previously classified foreign surveillance warrant application on Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, which has been the subject of a heated partisan debate over the FBI's tactics investigating members of the Trump campaign.
Michael Caputo, a former aide to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, says the FBI and federal judges who approved and released a foreign surveillance warrant application on Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page owe him an apology.
Multiple people were shot outside of a Toronto, Canada, restaurant around 10 p.m. Sunday, Toronto police Sgt. Glenn Russell tells CNN.
A San Francisco lemonade business owner is blaming racism for a call to police that saw him questioned outside his own store on suspicion of burgling it.
Investigations are underway after a duck boat capsized during a storm in southwestern Missouri last week, leaving 17 people dead.
A group of friends in Utah say a train employee harassed them after they went into the bathroom together.
Uber and Lyft have suspended a driver following a report that he livestreamed passengers without their expressed consent.
The old cliché about turning around a battleship is true. It doesn't happen quickly. But something is happening at the United Nations that proves that changing course is possible, and it holds important lessons for how the world considers issues in the Middle East.
Actress and host of "The View" Whoopi Goldberg got into a shouting match with Fox News' Judge Jeanine Pirro.
At the San Diego Comic-Con a fan shared a story about a near-death experience and how Jamie Lee Curtis' character in the movie "Halloween" kept him alive.
A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was killed Friday morning in a bicycle-to-bicycle drive-by shooting near Texas Medical Center in Houston, authorities said.
Former US President Barack Obama showed off his dance moves with his step-grandmother while visiting a youth center opened by his half-sister in Kogelo, Kenya.
In an exclusive interview at the launch of the Chicago Entrepreneurs of Color Fund, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon tells CNN's Christine Romans that he would implement a negative income tax and declare a national emergency on infrastructure and education.
In an exclusive interview at the launch of the Chicago Entrepreneurs of Color Fund, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon tells CNN's Christine Romans that despite not agreeing with all of President Trump's policies, he believes it's still best for businesses to work with the government.
Every week, I offer a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across the desk of the President of the United States. Modeled on the President's Daily Briefing, or PDB, which the director of national intelligence prepares for the President almost daily, my Presidential Weekly Briefing focuses on the topics and issues the President needs to know to make informed decisions.
Dozens of people have died across Japan as the country continues to swelter under scorching summer temperatures.
Extreme weather is striking parts of Asia with deadly flash-flooding in Vietnam, a tropical storm prompting evacuations and disrupting travel in China and an ongoing heat wave in Japan.
An Iowa resident captured a tornado ripping through his neighborhood in Bondurant.
Video taken by "Parley for the Oceans" on July 14 shows a "dense garbage carpet" covering the water in Santo Domingo.
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Beauty is big business. In Forbes' recent list of "America's Richest Self-Made Women," seven out of 60 made their fortunes in cosmetics and skincare. One of them is Dubai-based makeup mogul Huda Kattan.
Take a look at 23 amazing sports photos from July 16 through July 22.
Imagine a country so small that the whole ski-in-the-morning, beach-in-the-afternoon thing is feasible. That's Montenegro, a country on the Balkan Peninsula, full of natural wonders and beauty and where people are known for their candor, enthusiasm and hospitality.
The attacker, who injured another 12 people when firing on a busy street, also died at the scene.
Rising Iran-US tension sparks barbs of "the mother of all wars" and "you will suffer".
It is unclear how many people have received faulty vaccines for rabies and other diseases.
They could be tried in the US after the UK dropped its demand against the death penalty.
The Assad government calls the removal of volunteers and their families a "criminal operation".
How a nine-year-old girl is helping to keep people safe in London.
The French president is under pressure as an ex-aide is charged over an assault.
Germany's football association rejects allegations of racism from Mesut Ozil but accepts it could have done more to protect him from abuse.
It was a close race between The Equalizer 2 and Mamma Mia 2 at the US box office over the weekend.
German engineering students set a record as their pod hits 457km/h in a hyperloop tunnel test.
The three-year-old, who was attacked at a Home Bargains store, suffered burns to his arm and face.
Uber and Lyft suspend a driver who live-streamed videos of his passengers without their knowledge.
Windy weather and tinder-dry grasslands fuelled a brush fire in California.
A woman is airlifted to hospital after she is struck by a parasol carried by the wind on a US beach.
The Yemeni island Socotra's unique environment is at risk from the conflict in the country.
The huge television and film convention has come to San Diego and there have been plenty of spoilers...
Hundreds of competitors played football, volleyball and handball on the mud flats of the Elbe river.
The young Australian blogger travelling across the world to help domestic abuse victims.
Ten thousand dead soldiers have been lying under Fleury-devant-Douaumont since World War One.
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The rare phenomenon appeared off the coast of a seaside town.
About 2,400 people from 50 countries have participated in the 30th annual swim across the Bosphorus.
Martin Pistorius had locked-in syndrome and was trapped inside his mind for more than a decade. Now he's about to become a father.
Vicki Smith, 78, performs underwater as a mermaid at an iconic Florida park
A TV school quiz show has Ghana gripped. We meet one of the contestants and follow him on the road to victory. But did he get there?
Faking a murder: The assassin, the police, the victim and his wife explain how they convinced the world it was real.
This affair will pass but the ham-fisted response exposes a lack of talent in the Elysée.
Hundreds of lives may have been saved during the latest Ebola outbreak after one key development.
Many said their pay was docked if they sat down or even leaned against a wall during working hours.
Elizabeth Ohene explores whether it has inspired a generation of scientists and mathematicians.
Teenage entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer is the boss and founder of popular US drinks firm Me & The Bees Lemonade.
More than five million Zimbabweans are going to the polls on 30 July to vote in historic elections. But what makes it different from previous votes?
There is a lack of psychological support for parents in neonatal units, a charity says.
Netflix started as a mail order DVD service, but it's now admired and feared by the biggest media firms.
Before his death, Jan Kuciak uncovered the presence of an Italian organised crime group in Slovakia.
The lead-up to the vote has been dramatic, with an ex-PM arrested and several deadly militant attacks.
Newsbeat speaks to Paper Boi - aka Brian Tyree Henry - the breakout star of Donald Glover's satire on life as a black American.
Watford forward Richarlison has a medical at Everton and the Toffees hope to complete a deal that could eventually be worth £50m within 24 hours.
Chris Froome says he and Tour de France leader Geraint Thomas are in a "dream position" and it would be "fantastic" if his team-mate won the race.
Premier League side Wolves are to sign experienced Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho from Monaco for £5m.
Francesco Molinari becomes the first Italian to win a major, holding off a pack of heavyweight names to claim The Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson feature in the best shots of the tournament from the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Eight years of dental pain and soaring bills set Natalia Guerrero thinking about the millions who need treatment but cannot pay for it.
Asylum seeker Mustafa Dawood fell to his death from a roof, now his family want answers.
From 12, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett helped look after her severely autistic brother. She says it was the defining experience of her life.
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Sacha Baron Cohen target: Georgia lawmaker shows world how baring buttocks terrifies terrorists - Washington Post
George HW Bush’s former cardiologist has been killed in a bicycle drive-by shooting in Houston, Texas. Dr Mark Hausknecht was riding his bicycle near the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women hospital just before 9am, when he was shot twice by another man on a bicycle, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said at a news conference. Mr Hausknecht, 65, encountered the shooter as the pair rode in opposite directions down the same street.
A local leader of Islamic State's branch in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has been killed, the group and a security source said on Sunday. The group identified the leader as Abu Jaafar al-Maqdesi and released a poster-like mourning notice titled "Caravans of shuhada (martyrs)" with a photo of a smiling, bearded man wearing a coat and a cap. "Brother Abu Jaafar al-Maqdesi, may God accept him," a brief message posted on the group's telegram channels read, without giving details on where, when or how he was killed.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his US counterpart Mike Pompeo on Saturday that the arrest of a Russian gun rights enthusiast on espionage charges in the United States was "unacceptable", his ministry said. US prosecutors say Maria Butina, 29, exploited her close links with the powerful NRA gun lobby while posing as a visiting graduate student to endear herself with senior Republicans, guided by one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's major political supporters, Alexander Torshin. In a telephone call with Pompeo, Lavrov "stressed that the actions of American authorities who arrested the Russian citizen Butina based on false accusations is totally unacceptable," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman was shot and killed when a gunman ran into a busy Los Angeles supermarket where he held dozens of people hostage for about three hours Saturday before handcuffing himself and surrendering to police. No hostages were seriously hurt.
Hundreds of White Helmet search and rescue volunteers and their families have been rescued from Syria via Israel in a secret overnight operation backed by the UK. The group will be resettled in Canada and Germany, and the UK after diplomatic efforts to secure safe passage for the group, who were stranded in the volatile Golan Heights region on the border with Israel. The group of more than 400, including women and children, was evacuated from Syria into Israel late Saturday night under cover of darkness, in an unprecedented operation few knew about until after its successful completion. Uncertainty still clouds the situation, with initial reports Sunday morning saying 800 Syrians had entered Jordan. Jordanian officials on Sunday afternoon revised that number to 422. With a lack of clarity over how many White Helmets entered Israel and how many went on to enter Jordan, there are fears for any rescuers and their families left behind. The group now inside Jordan is under guard in a secure location. The country has received assurances they will be resettled through the UN’s refugee agency within three months. The last-minute rescue of the famed first responders, officially known as the Syrian Civil Defence, came as a result of discreet high-level negotiations between the US, UK, and allies, spurred by fear for their immediate safety working in opposition areas under heavy regime bombardment. The regime is known to exact punishment on those it considers to be traitors, which includes the White Helmets, whose work includes pulling bodies from the trail of wreckage left behind by government airstrikes. With opposition-held territory dwindling by the day, the group had gathered in the shadow of Israel’s border fence, where hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians have sought safety from airstrikes. The Israeli military, which facilitated the group’s passage from the border area outside the Golan Heights into Israel, called the transfer of the group “an exceptional humanitarian effort.” Over nearly five years, Israeli soldiers have evolved a slick, highly choreographed cross-border routine, whereby the Golan fence is open and pre-approved Syrians are permitted through, one by one, under the gaze of Israeli sharpshooters in night-vision goggles. It is thought that the White Helmets and their families entered Israel this way, though never before has a cross-border mission facilitated the entry of so many Syrians at once. “White Helmets have been the target of attacks and, due to their high profile, we judged that, in these particular circumstances, the volunteers required immediate protection. We therefore took steps with the aim of affording that protection to as many of the volunteers and their families as possible,” said Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt in a joint statement. Q&A | Syrian Civil Defence, aka The White Helmets The MPs cited the more than 115,000 lives thought to have been saved by the White Helmets, who they called “brave and selfless”. A message from a member of the White Helmet group inside Jordan said most of those rescued expected to be relocated to Canada. There was no confirmation of how many of the group the UK had agreed to take. Jordan, which already hosts at least 600,000 UN-registered Syrian refugees, says it is unable to accept any more Syrian refugees. Despite this, the country has also recently offered temporary access to a group of Al Jazeera journalists spirited out of southern Syria in the hours before the Assad government reasserted control of the border. The White Helmets are expected to follow a similar process to the journalists, remaining at a hotel in Amman, closely monitored by the country’s security services, until they leave on one-way tickets to new lives in the UK, Germany or Canada. Israel officially maintains a non-intervention policy on Syria but has offered humanitarian aid through its border fence and permitted the entry of more than 3,000 Syrians for medical treatment since 2013 as part of Operation Good Neighbour. The Western-funded White Helmets operate in opposition-controlled areas of Syria, digging people out of the wreckage typically left behind by barrel bombs and airstrikes. They gained worldwide renown in 2016 when a British documentary on the group won an Academy Award.
By Tim Cocks and Diadie Ba DAKAR (Reuters) - China's President Xi Jinping pledged during a visit to Senegal on Saturday to strengthen economic ties with Africa, a continent already awash with cheap Chinese loans in exchange for minerals and huge construction projects. Xi arrived in Senegal on Saturday for a two-day visit to sign bilateral deals, the first leg of an Africa tour that will also take him to Rwanda and South Africa, the latter for a summit of BRICS countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. China now does more trade with Africa than any other nation does, and its consistent overtures to the continent contrast sharply with the United States, whose President Donald Trump has shown little interest in it.
Most members of the Thai youth football team rescued from a flooded cave will have their heads shaved, don robes and be ordained in a Buddhist ceremony this week, officials said Sunday. The "Wild Boars" are enjoying their first few days home after being discharged from hospital and speaking to the media about their harrowing ordeal inside the Tham Luang cave near the Myanmar border. All made a speedy and surprising recovery after a week in hospital, and on their first day out they prayed for good fortune in a traditional ceremony and mourned a former Thai navy SEAL who died during the rescue efforts.
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Li Keqiang, the Chinese Premier, has called for an immediate investigation into a scandal over faulty vaccines that he said had crossed a moral line, and urged severe punishment for the companies and people implicated. The scandal erupted a week ago, after major vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co was found to have violated standards in making rabies vaccine for humans. There did not appear to be reports, however, of people harmed by the vaccine or having contracted rabies after receiving it. The case has sparked anger on social media and dealt a blow to China's drug regulator, which has been struggling to clean up the world's second-biggest drug industry and promote domestically made vaccines. In a statement posted on the government's website late on Sunday, Li said the public deserved a clear explanation. "We will resolutely crack down on illegal and criminal acts that endanger the safety of peoples' lives, resolutely punish lawbreakers according to the law, and resolutely and severely criticise dereliction of duty in supervision," he was quoted as saying. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reads a letter from Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during his meeting with Malaysia's new government advisor Daim Zainuddin Credit: AP The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement on Sunday evening that its investigation had found that Changsheng fabricates production records and product inspection records, and arbitrarily changes process parameters and equipment, "serious violations" of the law. In a stock exchange statement on Sunday, the company said its suspension of rabies vaccine production would have a significant impact on its finances and that some regional disease control agencies had suspended some of its other vaccines. Changsheng's shares fell the maximum limit of 10 percent on Friday, to stand at 14.5 yuan ($2.14). They have lost 40 percent of their value since July 13. An editorial on Monday in the China Daily warned that the case could become a public health crisis if it is not handled "in a reasonable and transparent manner". "The government needs to act as soon as possible to let the public know it is resolved to address the issue and will punish any wrongdoers without mercy," it said. Very rarely, China’s state media Xinhua, People’s Daily and CCTV have all called for thorough investigation on the case Sunday. Meanwhile, “疫苗” or “vaccines” has become the latest word being censored on social media, together with the original report exposing the scandal. https://t.co/8CksFZKzW8— Henry Yin (@HenryYinCNA) July 22, 2018 "Those who dare to challenge the bottom line and make substandard or even fake vaccines need to receive the heaviest penalties according to the law." Late on Sunday, the state news agency Xinhua ran an editorial calling for strict punishment for any violations, big or small, in the vaccine industry and for regulators to close loopholes and tighten oversight of the industry. The China Securities News also weighed in, saying that listed companies - like Changsheng Biotechnology - have a duty to the public and to conduct business with integrity. "Cases like Changsheng Biotechnology, where laws and regulations are ignored and internal controls exist only in name bring a painful price," it said. State media have said the listed company made a public apology and recalled all their rabies vaccine available on the market.
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Russian and Syrian jets stepped up their bombing of an Islamic State bastion along the Jordan-Israel border in southwestern Syria, as the militants pushed into areas abandoned by other rebel groups, diplomatic and opposition sources said. Islamic State-affiliated forces entrenched in the Yarmouk Basin, which borders the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Jordan, also repelled a ground attack by the Syrian army and its allies, the sources added. The rural area has become the main battleground in the sensitive border region after a major Syrian army offensive backed by its Russian allies routed other rebel groups who were once supported by Washington, Jordan and Gulf states.
China's President Xi Jinping inked a clutch of trade accords Saturday on the first visit by a Chinese leader to Senegal in almost a decade. Senegalese President Macky Sall welcomed his counterpart to Dakar for afternoon talks before Xi continues a tour of the region Sunday, heading to Rwanda, then South Africa on Tuesday ahead of a BRICs summit of developing nations starting Wednesday.
SpaceX's rocket landings are back and better than ever. After a months long dry spell, SpaceX just completed its latest and greatest rocket landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean after launching a satellite to orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:50 a.m. EDT. SEE ALSO: Thai cave rescue saga shows how Elon Musk's narcissism gets the best of him The rocket's first stage touched down on the SpaceX drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" (yes, that's what it's called), shortly before 2:00 a.m. and less than 9 minutes in total after the initial liftoff. You can see the start of the landing at around the 23-minute mark in the video below, but the feed cuts off before the rocket actually enters the scene. The landing marks one of the first landings and launches of the company's newest, upgraded Falcon 9 rockets, called Block 5. Before this launch, SpaceX got rid of a backlog of their Block 4 rockets by launching without landing them back on Earth. That type of launch without landing is the traditional way of getting things to orbit, but SpaceX managed to change that. The whole point in the company's rocket landings hinge on the fact that it could reduce the cost of flying to orbit. By reusing rocket stages for multiple launches, it could drive down the exorbitant cost of flying to space for companies and nations around the world. SpaceX has been killing it the past couple years. The company — founded by Elon Musk — launched 18 times in 2017. This year, the Elon Musk-founded company launched its maiden voyage of the huge Falcon Heavy rocket, which is effectively three Falcon 9 boosters strapped together. WATCH: From balloons to satellites, here’s how big tech is battling it out to bring internet to the most remote areas
The nomination of Mike Manley as CEO of Fiat Chrysler marks a turning point for the carmaker, putting a brand with historic Italian roots in the hands of someone with no ties to Italy — a Brit who showed his mettle by growing the quintessentially American Jeep into a global brand.
Dan Coats, US Director of National Intelligence, said on Saturday he in no way meant to be disrespectful toward President Donald Trump with what he called his "awkward response" to news of a second planned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr Coats issued a statement seeking to control the damage from an interview he gave at the Aspen Institute security forum in Colorado on Thursday in which he expressed surprise when the news broke that Mr Trump was planning another summit with Mr Putin. “Some press coverage has mis-characterised my intentions in responding to breaking news presented to me during a live interview. My admittedly awkward response was in no way meant to be disrespectful or criticize the actions of the president," hesaid. "I and the entire intel community are committed to providing the best possible intelligence to inform and support President Trump’s ongoing efforts to prevent Russian meddling in our upcoming elections, to build strong relationships internationally in order to maintain peace, denuclearise dangerous regimes and protect our nation and our allies." Mr Coats was on stage at the Aspen Institute taking questions when he was informed by Andrea Mitchell, the MSNBC anchor who moderated the event, about the second summit. "Say that again. Did I hear you?" he asked, appearing amused. "OK, that's going to be special." The White House had no comment on Saturday about his new statement. Mr Coats' appearance at the Aspen Institute had generated some frustration at the White House. One source said there was a belief that if he had been in Washington instead of Colorado, he would not have been surprised by the news. Mr Trump has drawn heavy criticism from Republicans and Democrats over his summit last Monday in Helsinki, Finland, with Mr Putin, when he seemed reluctant to blame Russia for meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. Trump and Putin | In talks Mr Trump later made clear he supported the US intelligence community's findings about Russian meddling. On Saturday, the Salt Lake Tribune published a letter from Jon Huntsman Jr, the US ambassador to Moscow, that appeared to reject a suggestion from a columnist for the newspaper that he resign after Mr Trump's remarks in Helsinki. "I have taken an unscientific survey among my colleagues, whom you reference, about whether I should resign. The laughter told me everything I needed to know," the letter said. A State Department spokeswoman had no immediate comment on Mr Huntsman's letter.
An amphibious duck boat was carrying 31 passengers including children when a sudden "microburst" storm packing powerful winds hit Table Rock Lake outside Branson, unleashing white-cap waves that swamped the vessel before it sank. Coleman said she plunged deep into the lake and did not know how she was able to survive.
From a ruling party rally in the east, to opposition door-to-door canvassing in the northwest, Zimbabweans have been experiencing the novelty of a relatively free and peaceful election campaign. Sitting on a wind-swept rocky slope in Nyahukwe, villagers listened to politicians from President Mnangagwa's ZANU-PF party in an atmosphere they said was noticeably more relaxed than under former ruler Robert Mugabe. No one is being beaten," Patrick Makonde, 59, who has voted in every election since independence from Britain in 1980, told AFP.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Revelations that one of the most respected U.S. cardinals allegedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians have raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew — and what Pope Francis is going to do about it.
The US appeal at the United Nations for "full enforcement" of sanctions against North Korea underscored the difficulty of attaining real progress on denuclearization, more than a month after the much-vaunted Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit. "We're hopeful we can get it done" by 2020, before the end of Trump's current presidential term, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the time.
The Salisbury man struck down by the Novichok nerve agent which killed his girlfriend was contaminated when the container containing the chemical weapon splintered in his hand, his brother revealed on Sunday. Charlie Rowley was discharged from hospital on Friday, after spending 20 days in hospital recovering from the effects of the military grade nerve agent which took the life of Dawn Sturgess two weeks ago. Shortly before being released from Salisbury District Hospital Mr Rowley told his brother Matthew that he and Miss Sturgess, 44, were contaminated after handling a container disguised as a perfume bottle. It came as police continued a fingertip search of Queen Elizabeth Gardens, the park in Salisbury where Mr Rowley and Miss Sturgess are believed to have stumbled across the glass bottle. Officers have been examining a river which flows through the gardens and have now also turned their attention to a toilet block next to a car park used by hundreds of people before it was sealed off. Mr Rowley told his brother Matthew that he and Miss Sturgess were contaminated after handling a container disguised as a perfume bottle Credit: AFP Detectives are understood to be continuing to question Mr Rowley, 45, following his release from hospital, in order to build up as detailed a picture as possible of the events which led to Miss Sturgess’ death. It is thought he has not yet been able to remember where he and Miss Sturgess found the container, which police believe contained the same Novichok agent used in the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last March. Mr Rowley’s brother Matthew told The Sunday Telegraph his brother’s recollection of what took place was still “vague”, but he added: "He told me that they found something that looked like a perfume bottle. Dawn sprayed what was inside it on both her wrists and rubbed them together, like you do when you’re trying perfume. “Charlie said she then gave the bottle to him and somehow it splintered or broke in his hands. That’s how he must have got contaminated.” Home of Charlie Rowley where police found the source of the Novichok The bottle was discovered by police just over a week ago, during a minute search of Mr Rowley’s flat in the small town of Amesbury, a 15 minute drive north of Salisbury. The couple caught a bus to the flat after spending the afternoon and early evening in Queen Elizabeth Gardens on June 29. The next day they collapsed within a few hours of each other and were rushed to hospital. Matthew Rowley said that following the death of Miss Sturgess he was convinced his brother would also die. Novichok poisoning - Salisbury – Amesbury timeline and map “I was so thankful when they told me he had regained consciousness and was getting better and to talk to him on the phone at the hospital was such a relief,” he said. “I’m his older brother and I was so worried he was going to die. “Charlie is so angry about what happened to Dawn. Really angry. He was fond of her and his daughter got on with hers. They were like a family to him.” Mr Rowley, 47, a former mechanic and bar manager from Warminster, has not been told when he will be reunited with his brother. But it is understood that police are anxious that Charlie Rowley’s account of what happened should not be compromised by discussing it with other people. Detectives will want the opportunity to extract as much evidence as possible from Mr Rowley, who remains a key witness in the investigation into the Novichok attack and the subsequent death of Miss Sturgess. The couple were poisoned by the same nerve agent that poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Credit: Jack Taylor/Getty A source who has been briefed on the progress of the investigation said: “They want to get out of Charlie the best account of where he was and what happened so they can get to the bottom of this matter.” Scotland Yard said: “We have been talking to Mr Rowley in hospital and we will of course be talking to him now he has been discharged. However we don’t intend to release further details about this process.” John Glen, the Conservative MP for Salisbury, said he hoped the continuing police investigation would not only lead to the perpetrators of the attack being brought to justice, but also reassure residents who have had to endure two chemical weapon attacks on their doorstep. “The searches are part of the investigation to find out where Dawn and Charlie picked up what appears to have been a contaminated container disguised as a perfume bottle. We all hope that for the sake of Salisbury they will soon make all the areas they have sealed off, such as the park and the couple’s homes, safe,” he said. Novichok in Salisbury: How could this happen four months after Skripal attack? Reports last week suggested police have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack on the Skripals. Counter terror police using facial recognition technology and CCTV images reportedly identified a number of Russian agents thought to be responsible. It is believed the hit squad flew back to Russia shortly after carrying out the attack, travelling to London from Salisbury by train.
Iran’s president has issued a stark warning to Donald Trump, telling him that if the US was to engage in military conflict it would be the “mother of all wars”. Two months after Mr Trump pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear deal that had been crafted to try and limit Tehran’s nuclear weapons ambitions in exchange for the lifting of many sanctions, Hassan Rouhani said America could seek the path of peace with Iran.
(Reuters) - Los Angeles police named a 28-year-old man on Sunday as the suspect who took hostages and barricaded himself for three hours inside a Trader Joe's grocery store in which he fatally shot a woman. Gene Atkins is being held on a $2-million bail on suspicion of murder for Saturday's attacks, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Drake Madison. Atkins is likely to appear in court to be formally charged early this coming week, Madison added.
Syrian state television said on Sunday an Israeli air strike had hit a military post in the city of Misyaf in Syria's Hama province but caused only material damage. An intelligence source said a major military research centre for chemical arms production was located near the city and believed to house a team of Iranian military experts involved in weapons production. When asked about the reports of the air strike, an Israeli military spokeswoman said: "We do not comment on foreign reports." Last week, Syrian state media said Israeli rockets had struck a Syrian military position near Nairab airport on the outskirts of the city of Aleppo.
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Businesses and volunteers are pitching in to provide more than cleanup in the wake of the destructive tornadoes that swept through three cities in central Iowa earlier this week.
The rally, for which police were absent, passed off peacefully, unlike in previous days and weeks when Ortega's police and paramilitary forces violently attacked student demonstrators in Managua and a nearby opposition stronghold city, Masaya, with live ammunition.
Donald Trump hits back at Iran's president: 'Never, ever threaten the US again or you will suffer'
Donald Trump has warned Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, to never threaten the US again, saying he would not "stand for your demented words". The US president issued the direct threat on Twitter after the Iranian leader cautioned Mr Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying "war with Iran is the mother of all wars". A war of words has escalated as Iran faces increased US pressure and looming sanctions after Mr Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from a 2015 international deal over Iran's nuclear programme. The rhetoric echoes the threats exchanged between Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un before relations thawed earlier this year. It came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo compared Iran's leaders to a "mafia" and promised unspecified backing for Iranians unhappy with their government. Using capital letters, Mr Trump told Mr Rouhani to "be cautious". To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018 Addressing a gathering of Iranian diplomats at the weekend, Mr Rouhani left open the prospect for peace. But he warned: "Mr Trump, don't play with the lion's tail, this would only lead to regret." "America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars," Mr Rouhani said, according to the state new agency IRNA. "You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran's security and interests," Mr Rouhani said, in an apparent reference to reported efforts by Washington to destabilise Iran's Islamic government. In Washington, US officials familiar with the matter told Reuters that the Trump administration had launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear programme and its support of militant groups. Hassan Rouhani warned of the "mother of all wars" Credit: AP Current and former US officials said the campaign painted Iranian leaders in a harsh light, at times using information that is exaggerated or contradicts other official pronouncements, including comments by previous administrations. Mr Rouhani scoffed at Mr Trump's threat to halt Iranian oil exports and said Iran has a dominant position in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping waterway. "Anyone who understands the rudiments of politics doesn't say 'we will stop Iran's oil exports'...we have been the guarantor of the regional waterway's security throughout history," Rouhani said, cited by the semi-official ISNA news agency. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday backed Rouhani's suggestion that Iran may block Gulf oil exports if its own exports are halted. Iran nuclear deal | Related content Mr Rouhani's apparent threat earlier this month to disrupt oil shipments from neighbouring countries came in reaction to efforts by Washington to force all countries to stop buying Iranian oil. Iranian officials have in the past threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for any hostile US action. On Sunday, Iran's ground forces commander became the latest military figure to back Mr Rouhani's apparent threat, the semi-official news agency Tasnim reported. "The Strait of Hormuz region must either be safe for all or be insecure for everyone," said General Kioumars Heydari, quoted by Tasnim. The US has urged its allies to stop Iran oil imports from November Credit: Reuters Separately, a top Iranian military commander warned that the Trump government might be preparing to invade Iran. "The enemy's behaviour is unpredictable," Tasnim quoted military chief of staff General Mohammad Baqeri as saying. "Although the current American government does not seem to speak of a military threat, according to precise information it has been trying to persuade the U.S. military to launch a military invasion (of Iran)," Baqeri said. Iran's oil exports could fall by as much as two-thirds by the end of the year because of new US sanctions, putting oil markets under huge strain amid supply outages elsewhere. Washington initially planned to shut Iran out of global oil markets completely after Mr Trump abandoned the deal that limited Iran's nuclear ambitions, demanding all other countries stop buying Iranian crude by November. But the United States has somewhat eased its stance, saying it may grant sanction waivers to some allies that are particularly reliant on Iranian supplies. Mr Pompeo said on Sunday that Iran "is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government," Pompeo said, citing what he called Iranian leaders' vast wealth and corruption. Mr Trump and Mr Pompeo's comments are the latest step in a communications offensive launched by the Trump administration that is meant to foment unrest in Iran and help pressure its government to end its nuclear program and support of militant groups, US officials familiar with the matter said. The offensive is meant to work in concert with severe economic sanctions that Washington plans to reimpose in the coming months, including on Tehran's oil exports, its principal revenue generator. The United States will work with countries that import Iranian oil "to get imports as close to zero as possible" by Nov. 4, Mr Pompeo said. After Mr Trump's warnings overnight the head of Iran's Basij militia, part of the Revolutionary Guard, on Monday dismissed the threats as "psychological warfare", local media reported. "Trump's statements against Iran are psychological warfare. He is not in a position to act against Iran," said General Gholam Hossein Gheypour, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday praised Mr Trump's "tough stand" against Iran.
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