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Omarosa dishes the dirt on Trump’s circle – and few are spared


It has all the ingredients of a great novel; power, sex, race, and money. Light on policy, and heavy on the personal, Omarosa Manigault Newman’s Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House is a prime candidate for this summer’s best in beach reading.

Yes, this is the very same former contestant on The Apprentice who once bragged to PBS Frontline in 2016 that “every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump”. Now, as the woman who became the most prominent African American in the Trump White House before she was abruptly dismissed last December, she dishes the dirt, and few are spared.

Manigault Newman recalls her days on The Apprentice when Donald Trump, Don Jr, and the model Carol Alt were seated around the table. According to Manigault Newman, Trump turned to his son, and said: “You’ve got to get ass like that. You got to get some ass like that.” At the time, Vanessa, Don Jr’s soon-to-be ex-wife, was pregnant.

And yes, according to Manigault Newman, there is now a tanning bed in the White House. Unhinged also posits that Trump may have received personal counseling from the Rev Paula White, the pastor of the New Destiny Church, a non-denominational megachurch in Apoka, Florida. According to Manigault Newman, White had blocked her from her job of choice at the White House, head of the Office of Public Liaison.(theguardian)…[+]

Canada: several killed in Fredericton shooting


At least four people have been killed in a shooting in the eastern Canadian city of Fredericton. Police described the incident as “active” and asked residents to avoid the area and stay in their homes. They also asked social media users to refrain from detailing the position or activities of police or first responders online.

The circumstances of the shooting remain unclear. Police said on Friday morning that they had taken one suspect into custody and noted that the investigation was ongoing.

Resident David MacCoubrey told the Canadian Press that he woke up at 7am to the sound of three gunshots, which sounded as if they were being fired 10 meters from his bed. During the next 90 minutes or so, he heard more than 15 other gunshots. The gunfire appeared to be coming from the middle of his apartment complex, which consists of four buildings that sit in a square, he said.(theguardian)…[+]

‘None will be spared’: students fear reprisals over Bangladesh unrest


The list began spreading from phone to phone on Saturday, just as police were starting to fire teargas and rubber bullets at protesters in Dhaka demonstrating for safer roads.

“Please pass these addresses to trusted people through Messenger or text message,” it read. Names, phone numbers and locations were listed: sanctuaries for students fleeing a police crackdown. “If anyone needs shelter around Jigatola or Dhanmondi, come to my place,” one student wrote. “Take shelter please – the situation is getting worse,” said another. The next day, as armed men alleged to be supporters of Bangladesh’s ruling party entered the fray, beating protesters and journalists, more people added their names and addresses to the list.

Then police started raiding their homes. Wazir, a recent high school graduate involved in the protests, was on a Facebook thread with several students who had listed their houses as shelters. Shortly after midnight on Sunday, one of them, Mahmoud, suddenly exited the thread. Photos and posts began to disappear from his Facebook wall. The group began to fill with panicked messages. Why had he vanished?(theguardian)…[+]

Nine-year-old chess prodigy told he can stay in UK


A nine-year-old chess prodigy has been told he does not have to leave the UK when his father’s work visa expires, a move that has been welcomed by MPs and chess organisations in Britain. Shreyas Royal has lived in the UK since he was three but was told he would be sent back to India when the work visa expires in September.

On Friday, his father, Jitendra Singh, said he had received an email that morning, informing him of the Home Office’s change of mind. “They just emailed me and told me they had considered my case and we are allowed to extend our leave to remain on tier 2 general route,” Singh said. “We are very happy and Shreyas is very happy. He jumped up on the sofa when he heard the news. I want to thank all those who helped and supported us … I would also like to thank the Home Office and the home secretary who considered our case.”(theguardian)…[+]

‘By Jove, the war’s coming to an end’: Battle of Amiens remembered


It was the point at which “aerial, mechanical and human courage and ingenuity combined with devastating results” to turn the tide of the first world war, Prince William told the 3,000 people gathered to commemorate the Battle of Amiens in the city’s Notre-Dame cathedral.

Remembrance of the four-day assault – launched at 4.20am, 100 years ago to the day – may live on in the shadow of the horrors of the Somme and Passchendaele, but, as Prince William said, it was this “truly coordinated” allied attack and the “great endeavour” of 100,000 British, French, Canadian, Australian and US troops that broke the will of the German army and acted as a springboard for victory.(theguardian)…[+]

French police accused of harassing aid workers at Calais


Volunteers distributing food and water to homeless refugees and migrants in Calais are systematically being harassed and intimidated by French police, according to a report submitted to France’s human rights ombudsman.

Four associations working to distribute aid on the northern French coast, including the British group Help Refugees, published a report on Wednesday saying that between November 2017 and July 2018 there were more than 600 incidents of intimidation against volunteers. These rangedfrom excessive identity checks and police stop and searches to arbitrary parking fines and pat-downs, threats, insults and verbal and physical violence. The report said there had been 37 incidents of physical violence, including police pushing aid workers to the ground, snatching phones and forcing people away from areas where food was to be handed out.(theguardian)…[+]

CDB, UK sign agreement to add GBP30 million to infrastructure fund


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), have signed an agreement which will add GBP30 million (mn) to the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF). The agreement was signed on the sidelines of CDB’s Board of Directors meeting on July 26, 2018.


The majority of the funds will be used to establish a reconstruction window, to respond to emergencies and natural disasters, with resources earmarked for Dominica and Barbuda. A portion of the grant funding will also be used for monitoring and evaluation.

UKCIF was established to drive inclusive economic growth and development across the Caribbean, through the provision of vital infrastructure. All projects must build resilience to climate change.


“Recovery and reconstruction after a natural disaster can negatively impact a country’s budget. The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season caused significant damage and destruction in some of the UKCIF-eligible countries, and these additional funds are to assist Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda recover from the impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” said Monica La Bennett, Vice-President (Operations), CDB.

UKCIF provides grant financing to eight Caribbean countries eligible for Official Development Assistance, and UK Overseas Territory, Montserrat, and is administered by CDB. The original amount of GBP300 mn has been fully committed to projects, which will be undertaken in these countries. Capital projects approved to date include the rehabilitation of the Sir George Walter Highway and the Friars Hill Road in Antigua and Barbuda, development of the port at Little Bay, Montserrat and the Essex Valley Agricultural Development Project, Jamaica…[+]

Rifts widen in Italy as ‘racism’ of Salvini upsets Five Star Movement


Ruptures are starting to show in Italy’s populist coalition as anti-immigration moves by Matteo Salvini, interior minister and leader of the far-right League, unsettle senior politicians from his ally, the Five Star Movement (M5S), and the party’s core voters.

Voters from across the political spectrum flocked to the anti-establishment movement founded by TV comedian Beppe Grillo in 2010. They were attracted by its stance on corruption, but also by the party’s pledge to help small businesses, slash red tape and lift people out of poverty, and by its emphasis on the environment. But two months into the M5S-League coalition government some have major doubts. Last week Roberto Fico, M5S MP and president of the chamber of deputies, spoke out against a controversial pact with Libya that sees migrants forcibly returned to war-riven north Africa.(theguardian)…[+]

Head of alleged Syrian chemical weapons facility dies in bombing


The head of a Syrian research facility that western countries say was part of a chemical weapons programme has been killed in a car bombing, the pro-government Syrian newspaper al-Watan has said. Aziz Asber was the director of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre in Masyaf, near Hama, which western governments say was a covert government installation.

Asber died after an explosion targeted his car in the Hama countryside, al-Watan said in an online report. The attack was claimed by a Syrian group affiliated with the Tahrir al-Sham rebels. It includes the group formerly known as the Nusra Front, which served as al-Qaida’s Syrian branch.The Abu Amara Brigades released a statement on their Telegram channel saying they had planted explosive devices that detonated and killed Asber. The explosion occurred on Saturday night, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said. The Masyaf research centre was targeted in Israeli airstrikes last month and in September last year, the Britain-based monitoring group said.(theguardian)…[+]

Trump attacks report that he’s worried about son’s exposure to Mueller inquiry


Donald Trump rounded on a report on Sunday that he is worried about son Donald Trump Jr’s exposure to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-collusion investigation. In one of a series of early morning tweets, the US president issued in apparent reaction to a CNN report, Trump said: “Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower.”

He continued: “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!” Trump has launched a series of new public attacks on Mueller and his team in recent weeks, which has been interpreted as possible signs the president is anxious about the inquiry reaching his family.(theguardian)…[+]