Donald Trump is spending the week in Florida recharging the batteries at Mar-a-Lago, and who could begrudge him a rare golfing break? The last few days have been action-packed even for him. Many leaders of the free world would be content with either a) celebrating a gesture bombing raid on Syria as “mission accomplished”, in absolute ignorance of that phrase’s resonance; b) repeatedly calling the former FBI director he sacked a “slimeball”; c) humiliating his UN ambassador by letting her announce that new sanctions against Russia were imminent, and reneging on that within hours; or d) implying that the Feds’ raid on his lawyer’s office is up there with Pearl Harbour in terms of days that forever live in infamy, by identifying it as “an attack on our country”. For Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, any of the above might have sated the appetite for traditional statesmanship. For the titan who with God’s … [Read more...] about Is it me or is Donald Trump’s administration becoming less like The Sopranos and more like Breaking Bad?
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The British connection in the investigations into Donald Trump and the Kremlin will be in focus at a grand jury session this week with the appearance of a witness with ties to Nigel Farage and others in the Brexit campaign. Ted Malloch, an American academic living in the UK, has been detained by the FBI and questioned about his involvement in the Trump presidential campaign. He was also asked about his alleged links to Julian Assange and whether he had met the Wikileaks founder at his refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Mr Assange has been accused of playing a part in disseminating Democratic Party emails, allegedly hacked by the Russians, which damaged Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and helped that of Mr Trump. The FBI agents, according to Mr Malloch, had also been keen to find out about his association with Roger Stone, a long-time supporter and confidant of Mr Trump, who had claimed in the past that he had met and had dinner with Mr Assange in London and that … [Read more...] about Ted Malloch: Trump adviser and Nigel Farage ally to testify before Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation
Controversial US rapper XXXTentacion is reportedly suing the woman he appeared to hit in a troubling video that was posted online, accusing her and her family of trying to capitalise on his current legal situation. Footage showed the Florida-born rapper, real name Jaseh Dwayne Onfroy, appeared to hit a woman - who was filming herself - in the back or side of the head. His attorney Jaclyn Brody previously claimed he and the woman pictured were friends and he was "obviously acting in jest", adding that the footage was dated and he is now "a changed person". Read more Despacito: Most watched YouTube video ever 'deleted' in apparent hack Video shows controversial rapper XXXtentacion hitting woman's head XXXTentacion hit with eight more charges for alleged witness tampering However, the woman in question later posted a statement where she said she had not shared the footage previously because she was "terrified for my life". TMZ now reports that Onfroy is … [Read more...] about XXXTentacion suing woman he allegedly hit in video
At the end of the Easter break, weary travellers expecting to sleep on an overnight train from Paris to Milan turned up at Gare de Lyon to discover they would instead be taking an all-night bus across the Alps to Italy. They were the first victims of a series of 18 two-day strikes called by French rail unions to defend their working conditions and benefits. Rail workers in France, known as cheminots, have generous guarantees on employment protection and pay rises, and are typically able to retire in their early 50s. Read more Flight attendants share 15 of their best travel hacks France strikes cause travel chaos for rail and airline passengers Travel disruption as snow and rain bring cold and wet end to Easter Britain braces for snow as Met Office issues yellow warni SNCF, the national rail enterprise, is seeking to cut costs and improve efficiency ahead of 2020, when main lines are opened up to competition in line with European Union policy. Mark Smith, the founder … [Read more...] about France: travel chaos hits post-Easter rush
All around the world, from Norway in the north to Australia in the south, political leaders have condemned the Salisbury nerve agent attack with a remarkably unified voice. Yet on a certain Twitter account operated in Washington, the silence is eloquent. While Russian diplomats across the globe, including the 60 in the States, begin packing for the journey home, the American president is cast against type as the most famously mute character in English literature. “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” Inspector Gregory of the Yard asks Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of Silver Blaze. “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” “The dog did nothing in the night-time.” “That was the curious incident.” The incident of the Trump who doesn’t tweet in the night is also undeniably curious. After 14 months of keeping us so intimately informed about his thinking on the issues of the … [Read more...] about Donald Trump has stayed silent on the Russian threat because he fears Putin’s juicy ‘kompromat’