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Diane A. Wade

Diane is a perfectionist. She enjoys searching the internet for the hottest events from around the world and writing an article about it. The details matter to her, so she makes sure the information is easy to read and understand. She likes traveling and history, especially ancient history. Being a very sociable person she has a blast having barbeque with family and friends.

Two cranes have collapsed on buildings in the Netherlands injuring at least 20 people, media say.

The cranes were employed to restore the Juliana Bridge in the central Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn.

Amateur video showed one crane trying to hoist a section of the Juliana Bridge and collapsing under the weight, bringing the second crane down with it.

Dutch media said rescue workers were in contact with at least one person trapped in the rubble.

Images on Dutch media showed a row of crushed buildings.

The images and video were carried on the De Volkskrant website.Netherlands crane collapse

The website said a Dutch team normally used for earthquakes and other disasters had been sent to the scene.

A large number of people were at the site watching the bridge operation when the accident happened.

Ton Koot, a spokesman for the local fire brigade, told NOS that heavy machinery had been moved in to help with the rescue work.

He had no more information on the condition of those injured.

One of the two cranes, linked together on a pontoon, was lifting a vast steel ramp that forms the central bridge span when it toppled, taking the other crane with it a few seconds later.

Amateur video showed people jumping from the pontoon, with screams heard in the background.

NOS said that the cranes had hit two shops.

A survey in 2010 had shown the bridge over the Rhine to be in poor condition. Its renovation began this spring and was expected to take all summer.

President Barack Obama will unveil the revised Clean Power Plan on Monday, August 3.

The new plan’s objective is to cut greenhouse gas emissions from US power stations by nearly a third within 15 years.

The measures will place significant emphasis on wind and solar power and other renewable energy sources.

However, opponents in the energy industry have vowed to fight the plan.

They say Barack Obama has declared “a war on coal”. Power plants fired by coal provide more than a third of the US electricity supply.

The revised plan will aim to cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 32% by 2030, compared with 2005 levels.

Each US state will have an emission-cutting goal assigned to it and must submit a proposal to the Environmental Protection Agency on how it will meet the target.

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Photo EPA

The measures would give the president the moral authority he needs to argue for global reductions in greenhouse gases at a major conference in Paris later this year.

However, several state governors are already saying they will simply ignore the plans.

In face of the criticism, the White House said the release of the plan was “the starting gun for an all-out climate push” by the president and his cabinet.

In a video released by the White House, Barack Obama said the new limits were backed up by decades of data showing that without action the world faced more extreme weather and escalating health problems.

“Climate change is not a problem for another generation. Not anymore,” the president said.

“My administration will release the final version of America’s Clean Power Plan, the biggest, most important step we have ever taken to combat climate change.”

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she would defend the plan if she was elected to replace Barack Obama.

“It will need defending. Because Republican doubters and defeatists – including every Republican candidate for president – won’t offer any credible solution,” she said.

“The truth is, they don’t want one.”

One Republican presidential candidate, Marco Rubio, said the plan would be “catastrophic,” while another, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, said the plan was “irresponsible and over-reaching”.

Correspondents say the emphasis on renewable energy sources marks a significant shift from the earlier version of the plan that sought to speed up a transition from coal-fired power to natural gas plants, which emit less carbon dioxide.

It is believed the revised plan will aim to keep the share of natural gas in US power generation at current levels.

Power stations are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the US and account for about one third of all such US emissions.

A second piece of plane suspected to come from the missing flight MH370 has washed ashore on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion.

A wing part was also found on July 29.

The object, believed to be the door of an aircraft, was discovered just south of the city of St Denis.

It is said to have writing on it and possibly some illustration.

The Malaysia Airlines plane from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board.MH370 debris Reunion 2015

The first piece of wreckage has gone to France, where investigators in the city of Toulouse will seek to establish if it came from MH370.

It is believed to be a wing flap from a Boeing 777 – the same type of aircraft as the one that vanished.

Fragments of a suitcase found on the same beach in St Andre are also to be examined.

Investigators will begin work on August 5.

An Australian-led search effort for the plane has been focused on a vast area of the southern Indian Ocean about 2,500 miles to the east of Reunion.

Authorities believe MH370 veered off course on the way to Beijing and crashed into the sea – but they do not know why.

The estimated last location of missing flight MH370 was based on “pings” sent from the aircraft that were detected by satellite.

However, no physical trace has been found.


Dylan Roof, who is accused of murdering nine black churchgoers last month in Charleston, South Carolina, has pleaded not guilty on more than 33 federal charges.

Dylann Roof, 21, wanted to plead guilty on all counts according to his lawyer.Dylann Roof in court

However, his lawyers entered a not guilty plea because the government has not decided whether to seek the death penalty.

Judge Bristow Marchant entered the not-guilty plea on all counts.

Dylann Roof, who is white, appeared in the courtroom shackled. He was silent except for a few “yes” responses to the judge’s inquiries.

The family members of victims of the June 17 attack also spoke briefly.


Malaysia PM Najib Razak has announced that debris found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion is to be transported to France to find out whether it is from the missing airliner MH370.

Initial reports suggest the 2-meter long wreckage is very likely to be from a Boeing 777, the prime minister said.

Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH370 is the only Boeing 777 to have disappeared over an ocean.

There were 239 people on board when the plane went missing in March 2014.

Razak Najib said French authorities were taking the debris to the southern French city of Toulouse – the site of the nearest office of the French body responsible for air accident investigations (the BEA) – to verify it as quickly as possible.

A Malaysian team of investigators and representatives from the government and the airline was travelling to Toulouse, and a second team to the site of the find on Reunion, the prime minister said.MH370 debris Reunion

Najib Razak said the location was “consistent with the drift analysis provided to the Malaysian investigation team”.

“As soon as we have more information or any verification we will make it public…

“I promise the families of those lost that whatever happens, we will not give up.”

Aviation experts who have studied photos of the debris found on Reunion on July 29 say it does resemble a flaperon – a moving part of the wing surface – from a Boeing 777.

On July 30, a municipal employee found what appeared to be a very badly damaged suitcase on the Reunion coast, according to local media.

The item was found at Saint-Andre, the same location as the earlier debris.

Reunion, a French overseas department, is about 370 miles east of Madagascar.

The search efforts for MH370, led by Australia, are focused on a broad expanse of the southern Indian Ocean – around 2,500 miles to the east of Reunion.

After MH370 disappeared from radar screens, experts analyzed data from faint “pings” the aircraft sent to satellites to narrow down its last known location.

It was this information that identified the search area in the southern Indian Ocean, west of Perth.

A spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry said: “We have noticed the reports and are wasting no time in obtaining and checking the information.”

More than half of those on board the missing plane were Chinese citizens.

A group of relatives of many of the Chinese passengers said in a statement that they wanted “100%” certainty about where the part is from, and that the search for the airliner should continue.

Jim Gilmore has launched his presidential bid for the US presidency.

The former Virginia governor joins the 16 other Republicans vying for the White House.

Although Jim Gilmore intends to officially announce his campaign in August, he filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on July 29.

It is unclear whether Jim Gilmore will join the other Republicans in a series of forums on Fox News next week.Jim Gilmore 2016 bid

The top 10 candidates, based on national poll results, will appear in the main debate, but Fox News will air an earlier forum featuring the remaining candidates.

Based on recent polling, Jim Gilmore is unlikely to qualify for the main debate.

A former army intelligence officer, Jim Gilmore served as Virginia governor for one term from 1998 to 2002.

Jim Gilmore briefly ran for president in 2007, but his campaign folded after it failed to raise enough money and support in early primary races.

He told the Richmond Times-Dispatch earlier this month that his campaign will focus on foreign policy issues.

Jim Gilmore told the publication: “I don’t think we’re addressing the threat to the country.

“I bring to the table experience that others don’t have.”


An ex-Nigerian minister stole $6 billion of public money, the governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has alleged.

Adams Oshiomhole said US officials informed President Muhammadu Buhari of the alleged theft during his visit to Washington last month.

Muhammadu Buhari took office in May, ending the rule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP has repeatedly denied allegations of widespread corruption during its 16-year rule.Adams Ooshiomhole Nigeria

Adams Oshiomhole, who accompanied Muhammadu Buhari to Washington, did not name the minister who allegedly stole the money.

During his visit to the US, Muhammadu Buhari said he had asked America to help recover $150 billion “stolen in the past decade and held in foreign bank accounts”.

US officials described the theft during the PDP’s rule as “earth-quaking”, Adams Oshiomhole told journalists in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

The PDP said Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Washington was a failure, in particular for failing to obtain “any sort of tangible gain for the fight against terrorism”.

Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler, was invited to Washington shortly after becoming the first opposition candidate to win a national election in March.

He succeeded President Goodluck Jonathan.

Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer, but the majority of its citizens live in poverty. The country’s oil sector has often been hit by allegations of corruption.


Two Zimbabweans are due to appear in court over the killing of Cecil, the country’s most famous lion shot by American dentist Walter Palmer.

Professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst and farm owner Honest Ndlovu, are charged with poaching offences for not having the required hunting permit.

Walter Palmer shot the animal with a crossbow and rifle outside Hwange National Park.

Police say Walter Palmer, who claims he was unaware of the lion’s identity, could also face poaching charges.

Theo Bronkhorst and Honest Ndlovu, who accompanied Walter Palmer on the hunt, will appear in court in Victoria Falls, and could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

Walter Palmer says he regrets shooting the well-known animal and believed he was on a legal hunt, saying he relied on professional guides to find a lion and obtain the necessary permits.

Separately, court records have shown that the dentist has a felony record in the US after killing a black bear in the state of Wisconsin in 2006.

Walter Palmer was given a one-year probation and fined $3,000, having shot the animal outside an authorized zone and then trying to pass it off as having been killed elsewhere.Cecil the Lion killed by Dr Walter Palmer

Records from the Minnesota Board of Dentistry also show that Walter Palmer was the subject of a harassment complaint which was settled in 2006.

A receptionist alleged that the dentist had made comments to her. Walter Palmer admitted no wrongdoing and agreed to pay out more than $127,000.

Walter Palmer is believed to have paid about $50,000 to go on the hunt in Zimbabwe.

Cecil the lion was skinned and beheaded, according to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF), a local charity.

Walter Palmer insists that he believed his guides had secured “all proper permits” for the hunt.

“I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt,” he said in a statement on July 28.

He said he had not been contacted by authorities in Zimbabwe or the US but would “assist them in any inquiries they may have”.

Walter Plmer is believed to be back in the US, although his exact whereabouts are unknown.

“Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practise responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion,” he said.

The dental practice run by Walter Palmer was closed on July 28 and a note was placed on the door referring visitors to a public relations company.

The practice’s Facebook page was removed from the site after being besieged by angry comments and the company website was also taken down.

Zimbabwe, like many African countries, is battling to curb illegal hunting and poaching which threatens to make some of its wildlife extinct.

Cecil, a 13-year-old lion, was a major tourist attraction at Zimbabwe’s famous Hwange National Park.

The animal is believed to have been killed on July 1st but the carcass was not discovered until a few days later.

The ZCTF said the hunters had used bait to lure him outside Hwange National Park during a night-time pursuit.

Walter Palmer is said to have shot Cecil with a crossbow, injuring the animal. The group did not find the wounded lion until 40 hours later, when he was shot dead with a gun.

The animal had a GPS collar fitted for a research project by Oxford University that allowed authorities to track its movements. The hunters tried to destroy it, but failed, according to the ZCTF.

The six cubs of Cecil will now be killed by the new male lion in the pride in order to encourage the lionesses to mate with him.

About a century ago there were around 200,000 lions roaming across Africa but that figure has dropped to less than 30,000 in recent years.

Hunting lions is legal in several countries in southern Africa, including Zimbabwe, but groups must obtain a valid permit from authorities.


President Barack Obama has addressed the African Union (AU) warning that Africa could not advance if its leaders refused to step down when their terms ended.

Barack Obama also called for an end to the “cancer of corruption”, saying it took money away from development.

He made the comments in the first ever address by a US leader to the 54-member AU at its headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The address marked the climax of Barack Obama’s five-day trip to Africa.Barack Obama African Union speech

Barack Obama visited Kenya and Ethiopia, the headquarters of the AU.

He said African leaders should respect their constitutions, and step down when their term ends.

“Nobody should be president for life,” Barack Obama said.

The US president said that democracy existed in name but not in substance when journalists were jailed and activists were threatened.

Corruption was “draining billions of dollars” from Africa, he added.

Barack Obama also said the money could be used to build schools and hospitals.


The ageing terminals of New York’s LaGuardia Airport – one of the busiest in the US – will be rebuilt, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced.

Vice President Joe Biden – who previously compared the airport to “some Third World country” – was on hand for the announcement on July 27.

Joe Biden said: “I wish everything I said that was truthful but controversial would turn out this well.”

The redesign will double the space available for planes to operate.LaGuardia Airport redesign

Work is scheduled to start in 2016, and the first redesigned portion of the airport will open to passengers in 2019.

LaGuardia Airport, which sits along the East River in Queens, is frequently ranked as one of the worst in the US, according to customer surveys.

“It’s slow, it’s dated, it has a terrible front-door entrance way to New York,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Andrew Cuomo said VP Joe Biden was instrumental in securing federal funding for the project. Delta Airlines will also shoulder some of the costs of the $4 billion project.

With short runways that are surrounded by water, the airport has been dubbed “USS LaGuardia” by some pilots who say landing there is like arriving on an aircraft carrier.

Nearly 2 miles of new taxiways will be created under the plan, which will make landings easier for pilots.


President Barack Obama has arrived in Ethiopia on the second leg of his African tour.

Barack Obama is the first serving US leader to visit Ethiopia.

The president is due to hold talks with government officials and to discuss the civil war in South Sudan with regional leaders.

Barack Obama will also be the first US president to address the 54-member African Union at its headquarters in Addis Ababa on July 28.

He flew to Ethiopia after a two-day visit to Kenya.

There he had discussed trade and security but also called for greater human rights and warned of the dangers of corruption.

Barack Obama was greeted at Addis Ababa’s international airport by Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn.

On July 27, Barack Obama is due to discuss ways to bring South Sudan’s 19-month-old civil war to an end.

In talks with leaders from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda as well as the Sudanese foreign minister, he is expected to call for tougher sanctions and a possible arms embargo if the warring factions do not agree on a peace deal.Barack Obama Ethiopia

However, a US official travelling with Barack Obama said today’s talks were not expected to lead to a breakthrough.

“This is an opportunity to reinforce the effort that’s on the table and to strategize… on next steps in the event that it doesn’t succeed,” the official told reporters.

Fighting in South Sudan has left thousands of people dead and displaced more than two million.

Security issues will also be on Barack Obama’s agenda as Ethiopia, like Kenya, is battling the jihadist group al-Shabab.

Correspondents say he is also likely to call for greater democracy and human rights while in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia’s ruling party, the EPRDF, and its allies won every single parliamentary seat in May’s elections. Opposition parties claimed the process was rigged.

Some rights groups have criticized Barack Obama’s visit to Ethiopia, warning that the trip could lend credibility to a government accused of jailing journalists and critics.

Amnesty International’s Abdullahi Halakhe said: “We don’t want this visit to be used to sanitize an administration that has been known to violate human rights.”

Human Rights Watch and other organizations urged Barack Obama to put the “pressing human rights concerns… at the forefront of your discussions”.


President Barack Obama will end his Kenya trip with a televised address at Nairobi’s Kasarani stadium.

On July 25, President Barack Obama discussed security issues with his Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Later on Sunday, Barack Obama will fly on to Ethiopia.

The Kasarani stadium, where Barack Obama will make his speech, was last year used as a controversial detention camp for hundreds of Somalis during an operation against the Islamist group al-Shabab.

Barack Obama is expected to warn that such tactics risk alienating communities and stoking radicalism.Barack Obama speech Kenya

On July 25, Barack Obama acknowledged the role the Kenyan government had played in the fight against militant groups such as al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab has carried out a deadly campaign in Kenya including the 2013 attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre and an attack in April in Garissa that killed nearly 150 people.

Security has been tight for Barack Obama’s two-day visit to Kenya.

The trip, which began on July 24, is his first visit as president to the land where his father was born.

In Ethiopia, Barack Obama will be the first US president to visit the country. He will also become the first US leader to address the 54-member African Union (AU) on July 28.

AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma described Barack Obama’s trip to Ethiopia as a “historic visit” that would “broaden and deepen the relationship between the AU and the US”.

On July 25, Barack Obama praised Africa’s economic and business potential in a speech at a business summit.

He also visited a memorial for those killed in the 1998 US embassy bombing in Nairobi.

After holding bilateral talks, Barack Obama and Uhuru Kenyatta said they were “united against terrorism”.

However, the two leaders differed sharply in their positions on gay rights.

While Barack Obama spoke strongly against discrimination, Uhuru Kenyatta said Kenya did not share the same values.

Donald Trump has insulted Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker because one of Walker’s fundraisers called the billionaire real estate mogul “DumbDumb”.

At a packed rally at Oskaloosa High School on July 25, Donald Trump said: “Finally, I can attack!”

“Wisconsin’s doing terribly. It’s in turmoil. The roads are a disaster because they don’t have any money to rebuild them. They’re borrowing money like crazy. They projected a $1 billion surplus, and it turns out to be a deficit of $2.2 billion. The schools are a disaster. The hospitals and education was a disaster. And he was totally in favor of Common Core!”

The mention of the state-driven education standards — from which Scott Walker, like many Republican governors, has walked away — incited a prolonged boo.

Donald Trump also told a story about Scott Walker giving him a “beautiful plaque” out of gratitude for campaign donations and wondered if: “Wisconsin paid for it.”

Photo AP

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Republicans’ hopes of banishing Donald Trump from their presidential primary may have wilted in the heat of the Iowa summer. On his first visit to the caucus state since the McCain insult, Donald Trump drew a crowd of 1,300 in a city of 11,463. He cleaned up his remarks about veterans, from the stage and in the crowd. He talked with characteristic gusto about “killing in the polls and” securing a spot in the party’s first sanctioned debate, scheduled for August 6.

“I’m going to be there, much to the chagrin of many people,” Donald Trump told reporters.

As they lined up for the speech, conservative Iowans fell into two camps. One group adored Donald Trump’s brio, but wished he hadn’t gotten personal with John McCain (R-Ariz.). The larger camp egged Donald Trump on for again refusing to play nice. Although a Washington Post/ABC News poll showed Donald Trump’s ratings slipping after his comments about John McCain, the crowd in Oskaloosa saw another reason to trust him. Some Republican voters, who had dutifully turned out for “anti-establishment” candidates and been disappointed, insisted that Donald Trump was just the man to blow up the system.

In Oskaloosa, Donald Trump told his main audience, of 700, about his July 23 visit to the US-Mexico border. He told an overflow audience that President Barack Obama had failed POWs by winning Bowe Bergdahl’s release from the Taliban but not getting Iran to turn over hostages.

He also won cheers for telling how he denied credentials to the Des Moines Register, Iowa’s largest newspaper, after its editorial board called on him to quit the race. In a back-and-forth with reporters, with the Register’s team kept outside his event, Donald Trump proved that he was comfortable being playful with the facts.


Hundreds of people have attended Sandra Bland’s funeral in Lisle, Illinois.

The African-American woman died in a Texas prison cell nearly two weeks ago after being taken in custody.

According to the autopsy report, Sandra Bland committed suicide by hanging herself. But her family rejected this and ordered a separate post-mortem.

Sandra Bland, 28, was found dead on July 13, three days after she was arrested.Sandra Bland funeral

She was taken in custody after a confrontation with the officer who had stopped her for not signaling when changing lanes.

State officials and the FBI are investigating the woman’s death.

Mourners including local politicians queued for more than an hour outside the DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lisle to file past an open coffin and attend the funeral, Reuters news agency reported.

So many mourners came that an overflow crowd had to watch a live video feed in the basement, it said.

Some of those present had never met her.

Footage of the July 10 arrest, released by the Texas Department of Public Safety, shows Sandra Bland’s car being pulled over for failing to signal, followed by an altercation with the lone officer.

Sandra Bland was taken into custody and charged with assaulting a police officer.


The US National Archives released photos showing former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney after the attacks on September 11, 2001.

The never-before-seen 9/11 photos show George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and senior officials in their immediate response to the attacks.

The photos, taken by then-Vice President Dick Cheney’s staff photographer, show the scene inside the president’s Emergency Operations Center as officials worked the phones amid the fallout.

Dick Cheney is seen in several photos watching on a small square television in his office as smoke billows from the World Trade Center, and other photos show him with his glasses off and hands clasped.

Photo US National Archives

Photo US National Archives

Former CIA Director George Tenet, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Colin Powell are seen in the photographs, along with first lady Laura Bush.

Many photos show blank or grim expressions as officials speak among themselves or watch President George W. Bush address the nation hours after the attacks.

The photos were released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Colette Hanna, a documentary coordinating producer for films appearing on Frontline.

More than 350 photos from 9/11 can be viewed on the US National Archives’ Flickr page here.


President Barack Obama has urged Kenya to hold “visible” trials to tackle corruption, which he said could be the “biggest impediment” to further growth.

After talks in Nairobi, Presidents Barack Obama and Uhuru Kenyatta said they were “united against terrorism” and efforts to deal with it.

However, the two leaders differed sharply in their positions on gay rights.

While Barack Obama spoke strongly against discrimination, Uhuru Kenyatta said Kenya did not share the same values.

There were “some things that we must admit we don’t share – our culture, our societies don’t accept,” Uhuru Kenyatta said.

“It’s very difficult for us to be able to impose on people that which they themselves do not accept.”Barack Obama and Uhuru Kenyatta

Earlier President Barack Obama praised Africa’s economic and business potential in a speech.

“Africa is on the move… People are being lifted out of poverty, incomes are up (and) the middle class is growing,” he told a business summit.

He also visited a memorial for those killed in the 1998 US embassy bombing.

The trip, which began on July 24, is Barack Obama’s first visit as president to Kenya, where his father was born.

Barack Obama said he was encouraged by statements President Uhuru Kenyatta had made about the need to root out corruption.

People were being “consistently sapped by corruption at a high level and at a low level” and there was a need for “visible prosecutions,” Barack Obama said, to show Kenyans that action was being taken.

“They don’t have to be a forensic accountant to know what is going on.”

Police officers and civil servants had to be paid properly to help curb corruption, but sometimes it just required “breaking the habit”.

President Barack Obama also said the US is providing additional funding and assistance to Kenya’s security forces for counter-terrorism.

The US and Kenya are working to establish direct flights.

The Obama administration will also propose a federal rule banning the sale of almost all ivory across state lines as part of efforts to fight poaching in Africa.


US citizens have been urged by the Pentagon not to carry out armed patrols outside military recruitment centers.

Civilians acting as unofficial guards have appeared outside some centers since five service personnel were shot dead last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Military personnel are generally barred from carrying firearms at recruitment centers and bases.

The Pentagon says it appreciates the support but armed civilians could pose an unintended security risk.

In a statement spokesman Peter Cook said: “While we greatly appreciate the outpouring of support for our recruiters from the American public, we ask that individuals not stand guard at recruiting offices as it could adversely impact our mission, and potentially create unintended security risks.

“We continue to partner with and rely on first responders for the safety of the communities where our service members live and work.”Armed civilians recruiting center

According to officials, the Chattanooga gunman – 24-year-old gunman Muhammed Youssef Abdulazeez – acted alone when he attacked two military facilities, killing five service members.

Muhammed Youssef Abdulazeez was shot and killed by police during the attack. His motive was unclear.

Since then, armed civilians – some of them members of private militias – have turned up outside recruitment centers saying they are supporting those inside.

One group appeared in Cleburne, Texas, armed with assault rifles and calling themselves Operation Hero Guard.

In Lancaster, Ohio, armed civilians were ordered off the property after one accidentally discharged his rifle into the pavement.

US officials say there is no indication of further danger to recruitment centers and the government does not intend to change the way they are staffed.


Barack Obama has arrived in Kenya on the first visit to his father’s homeland as serving US president.

During his two-day visit President Barack Obama will hold talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and other top officials.

The trip to Kenya and then Ethiopia is designed to show US commitment to fighting terror in East Africa.

The Air Force One touched down at Nairobi’s international airport shortly before 20:10 local time.Barack Obama Kenya trip

Arriving in Kenya, where his father was born, Barack Obama was greeted at the airport by President Uhuru Kenyatta with a handshake and embrace.

Barack Obama also hugged his half-sister Auma, who then travelled in the presidential limousine to the hotel where the president is staying.

Nairobi is in lockdown, many streets are closed and people are opting to stay at home.

Barack Obama, the first sitting president to visit Kenya, will hold talks on trade and investment, and also security and counter-terrorism.

He also becomes the first US leader to address the African Union when he travels on to Ethiopia on July 26.

This is Barack Obama’s fifth trip to Africa as president, but despite his close family links to Kenya, he has faced criticism in some African countries over the legalization of gay marriage in the US.

Two people have been killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire at the Grand Theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, officials say.

Police said the attacker was a 58-year-old white male armed with a handgun who shot himself after the attack, but did not release any further details.

Witnesses said the man opened fire about 20 minutes into a screening of a movie at the Grand Theater.

Police Chief Jim Craft said officers responded to reports of a shooting at about 19:30 local time.

Photo AP

Photo AP

Jim Craft said seven other people were taken to a local hospital with injuries ranging from critical to non-life threatening.

The gunman’s identity is known to police, Jim Craft added, but is not being released at this time.

The police chief said that the gunman did have a criminal history but that it was “pretty old”.

Dozens of emergency vehicles were dispatched to the scene of the shooting in Lafayette, a city of about 120,000 people.

One witness said she heard a loud bang like a firecracker and saw a man staring up and shooting during a screening of Trainwreck.

About 100 people are thought to have been in the building at the time of the shooting.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who arrived at the scene late on Thursday night, told reporters: “We will get through this. We are a resilient community.”

“This is an awful night for Lafayette. This is an awful night for Louisiana. This is an awful night for the United States,” he added.

Amy Schumer, who stars in Trainwreck, tweeted: “My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.”

The shooting comes as a jury deliberates the death penalty for James Holmes, the gunman who attacked a movie theater in Colorado three years ago.


A man accused of making an online threat to kill US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert has been arrested in Seoul, the Yonhap news agency reports.

The man, identified only by his surname Lee, allegedly posted the threat on the White House website earlier this month.

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According to Yonhap, Lee, who denies guilt, was arrested on July 14 at the request of US authorities and found to have draft copies of the letter on his laptop.

Ambassador Mark Lippert was injured in an knife attack in Seoul in March.

He suffered deep gashes to his face and hand when Korean nationalist Kim Ki-jong lunged at him with a knife at a breakfast meeting in a hotel.

Kim Ki-jong is on trial for a string of charges linked to the attack.

Yonhap said that as well as the draft letter – the details of which have not been made public – Lee’s confiscated laptop showed he had visited the White House homepage and was storing a screen grab of when he posted the letter.

Police told Yonhap they believed Lee was acting alone.


According to a South African parliamentary committee, work on President Jacob Zuma’s private home was not worth the $23 million it cost taxpayers.

A visit to the residence in Nkandla also revealed that the upgrades suffered from poor workmanship according to the lawmakers.

The South African government said the refurbishment was for security reasons.

However, a 2014 corruption investigation said President Jacob Zuma “benefited unduly” from state money.

In a more than 400-page report, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela accused Jacob Zuma of unethical conduct.Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home upgrades

Thuli Madonsela’s report found that a pool, chicken run, cow enclosure and amphitheatre had also been including in the controversial upgrades, and she recommended that the president repay some of the money.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko who released a separate report on May 28 cleared Jacob Zuma of any wrong doing saying all work done on the property was necessary for his protection.

According to Nkosinathi Nhleko’s calculations, the barracks and clinic outside the president’s property cost $10.8 million to build.

Lawmakers from both the governing ANC and opposition parties, who are looking at what steps should be taken following their visit, now agree that the prices were grossly inflated.

“We were also shocked with the workmanship of the clinic… At the moment, I would say that facility requires a lot of work because it is clearly visible that money has been wasted,” said chairperson of the committee Cedric Frolick.

They do not however agree on who should held accountable for the wasteful expenditure – Jacob Zuma supporters insist it should not be him.

Opposition parties, including the Economic Freedom Fighter’s led by Jacob Zuma’s former ally, Julius Malema, have been calling for the president to pay back some of the money spent on non-security features.

The lawmakers have been talking about their initial findings but are expected to report back to parliament.

President Jacob Zuma has refused to do this as he argues that he did not ask for the upgrades.

At least 15 people, including two children, have been killed on the Nile on July 22 when a cargo vessel hit their chartered boat, medical and security sources said.

Family and friends of a young couple had hired the boat for an engagement party and were sailing north of Cairo when it was hit, eyewitnesses said.Nile ferry crash 2015

Five of the party were rescued from the river but at least six were still missing on July 23.

The interior ministry said the bodies of four babies had been recovered. Several passengers are still missing.

The captain of the cargo boat has been arrested, police say.

It is not clear if the couple thought to be celebrating their engagement were among the dead.

Traffic had been heavy along the Nile, where many Egyptians had been celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan.


Officials have denied editing Texas police dash cam footage showing the arrest of Sandra Bland who died three days later in custody.

Footage of the July 10 arrest shows 28-year-old Sandra Bland’s car being pulled over for failing to signal and then an ensuing confrontation with the officer.

There are several jumps during the 52-minute film, which has had more than one million views on YouTube.

However, Texas authorities say it was not edited and that it will be re-uploaded.

The coroner said Sandra Bland hanged herself in her cell but her family has demanded an independent post-mortem examination.

State officials and the FBI are both investigating her death.

In the video, released by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Brian Encinia, a white police officer, is seen issuing a ticket and then asking her to stub out her cigarette, which she refuses.

When Sandra Bland refuses to step out of the car, Officer Brian Encinia tries unsuccessfully to pull her out.

He then appears to threaten her with a Taser and says the words: “I will light you up.”

Sandra Bland gets out of the car and they move out of vision, but the audio suggests the confrontation becomes physical before more officers arrive.

Several breaks in the video were highlighted on social media shortly after the film was released with many using the broken footage to question the entire film’s authenticity:

  • 25:01 – A man walks away from a pick-up truck and out of shot, before reappearing at the door of the vehicle a few seconds later
  • 32:37 – A white car comes into shot then disappears before reappearing a couple of seconds later. The audio doesn’t appear to break during this time, with the officer heard discussing the incident
  • 33:04 – The same footage of the white car is looped, again with no noticeable break in the audio

In a statement released on July 22, DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said the video “has not been edited”.Sandra Bland arrest dash cam video

“Some of the video… was affected in the upload and is being addressed. We are working to repost the dash cam video,” he added.

Officer Brian Encinia, who has been on the force for just over a year, said he was kicked during the arrest. He has been put on administrative leave.

Texas DPS director Steven McCraw said his officers have “an obligation to exhibit professionalism and be courteous” but that “wasn’t the case in this situation”.

Authorities also released surveillance video from the jail showing officers responding to Sandra Bland’s death but it does not show the cell.

Jail Sheriff Glen Smith said his staff checked on Sandra Bland less than an hour before she was found dead.

In March, Sandra Bland said she was suffering from “a little bit of depression” and post-traumatic stress disorder in a video posted on her Facebook page.

However, family and friends say Sandra Bland was in good spirits in recent months and had just started a new job. She was also said to be in good health when she arrived at the jail.


Pakistan’s Supreme Court has suspended the execution of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy.

Asia Bibi, who has been on death row for nearly five years, was given leave to appeal. No hearing date was set.

She denies insulting the Prophet Mohammed, saying her Muslim accusers were acting on a personal grudge.

Blasphemy is a highly sensitive issue in Pakistan – critics argue laws are frequently misused to settle personal scores, often targeting minorities.

This is the first time in the case that there has been a glimmer of hope for Asia Bibi.

She was the first woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and her case is one of the most controversial in Pakistan.Asia Bibi death sentence Pakistan

Thousands have protested against her and said they would kill her if she were ever released – including the imam in her own village. Her husband and four daughters live in hiding and say they have received many death threats.

Asia Bibi’s death sentence had been confirmed by the High Court in Punjab province in October, although no date was set.

However, on July 22, the Supreme Court suspended the sentence until the end of the appeal process.

“The execution of Asia Bibi has been suspended and will remain suspended until the decision of this appeal,” her lawyer told reporters outside the court.

He said key witnesses had failed to turn up during hearings by the High Court.

Pakistan has never executed anyone for blasphemy but some people accused of the offence in the past have been lynched by crowds. Lawyers, judges and those seeking to reform the blasphemy laws have also been threatened, attacked or even killed.

Since the 1990s, scores of Christians have been convicted for desecrating the Koran or for blasphemy.

While most of them have been sentenced to death by the lower courts, many sentences have been overturned due to lack of evidence.

Muslims constitute a majority of those prosecuted, followed by minority Ahmadis.