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U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would visit Britain for the opening of his Scottish golf resort on June 24, his first trip to the UK since a spat with Prime Minister David Cameron over comments he made about Muslims.Relations between Cameron and Trump, whose visit comes the day after Britain holds a referendum on its membership of the European Union, have been tense since the British leader called his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States dangerous and stupid.Trump’s idea for a boycott of Muslims, mooted last December, also led to calls from some lawmakers for him to be banned from Britain, with almost 600,000 people signing an online petition to keep him out.While Cameron and his ministers rejected that call, the prime minister did suggest that Trump would unite the nation against him if he visited Britain.
Trump responded by saying he was unlikely to have a good relationship with Cameron, although both men have since tempered their language after Trump effectively became the presumptive Republican Party nominee.Cameron has said he would be happy to meet him, although no date had been fixed, and Trump said they could have a good relationship after all.
A spokesman for Cameron said there were no firm plans for a meeting, although it was a long-standing practice for a prime minister to meet presidential nominees if they visited Britain.Trump’s visit will coincide with the result of Britain’s EU referendum, and while Cameron is leading the campaign for Britain to stay in the bloc, Trump has said he thinks Britons would be better off outside.In a statement, Trump made no mention of any potential Cameron meeting, saying only that his visit to Britain was for the official opening of his golf resort at Turnberry following a 200 million pound ($290 million) refurbishment.A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization said the date of the opening had been planned long in advance and that it was just a coincidence it came the day after the EU vote. The date would not be changed, she added.The golf course has itself pitted Trump against British politicians after Scotland’s devolved government approved plans for an offshore wind farm nearby which led Trump to denounce Scottish ministers as “foolish, small minded and parochial”.
Police on Friday arrested a federal officer suspected in a two-day shooting rampage in the Washington suburbs that killed his wife and two apparent strangers and revived memories of the “Beltway sniper” attacks of 2002.Three others were wounded in the three separate attacks.Eulalio Sevilla Tordil, 62, a police officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service, was arrested in a doughnut shop near the site of the second of Friday’s two shootings, police said.
He had been suspected of killing his wife and shooting a bystander on Thursday in Prince George’s County, Maryland.When two more shootings broke out in neighboring Montgomery County on Friday, investigators turned their attention to Tordil, who had threatened to commit “suicide by cop,” police said. A plainclothes officer spotted Tordil in a Dunkin’ Donuts. Police kept him under watch as he walked in and out of stores, but waited until he returned to his car before arresting him, Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger told a news conference.“We did not want to have a shootout when he was taken into custody,” Manger said.Surrounded by officers with their weapons drawn, Tordil surrendered without a fight after about five minutes, police said.
Charges should be filed on Friday and Tordil will make a court appearance on Monday, Montgomery County prosecutor John McCarthy said.The first of Friday’s incidents began with a confrontation in a parking lot at Westfield Montgomery Mall in affluent Bethesda, Maryland, where two men and a woman were shot, police said.One of the men died, the other was in critical condition, and the woman’s life was not considered in danger, police said.
The second shooting took place about half an hour later, killing a woman at the Aspen Hill Shopping Center in Silver Spring, some 8 miles (13 km) away.The victim of Thursday’s shooting was Tordil’s estranged wife, Gladys, a high school chemistry teacher who was shot as she went to pick up their two daughters from another school.Tordil was on leave, having surrendered his gun and badge after his wife obtained a protective order to keep him away, an official with the Federal Protective Service said.The three-week Beltway sniper ordeal in 2002 rattled Washington and its suburbs until John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 at the time, were captured. Malvo was sentenced to life and Muhammad, a Gulf War veteran, was executed in 2009.
The pilot of a World War Two-era plane was killed at the start of the Memorial Day weekend when his aircraft crashed in the Hudson River off Manhattan after developing engine failure, authorities and local media said on Saturday.The aircraft went down off Manhattan’s West 79th Street, a few miles (kms) south of the George Washington Bridge, at around 7:30 p.m. on Friday as the long holiday weekend got underway, New Jersey State Police Sergeant Jeff Flynn said.Friday’s crash was close to where the pilot of a U.S. Airways jetliner executed a perfect water landing in January 2009 after striking a flock of birds and losing power in both engines. All 155 passengers and crew survived that incident, which was dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson.”The New York Police Department identified a body recovered from the vintage plane’s wreckage as that of William Gordon, 56, of Key West, Florida.
The aircraft’s engine failed during the flight, Gary Lewi, a spokesman for the American Airpower Museum, a Long Island-based facility where the plane was based, told Newsday.Police would not comment on the cause of the crash, and said an investigation was underway. The plane was expected to be brought to shore soon, New York police spokesman Brian Magoolaghan said.Flynn of the New Jersey State Police initially said the plane’s sole occupant, a male pilot, was rescued from the river and transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.The agency later said on its Twitter account that there were conflicting reports from the scene and they could no longer confirm the swimmer in the water had been the pilot.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a vintage P-47 Thunderbolt and was one of three aircraft that took off from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York.Flynn said the plane was in the area because of Fleet Week, a week-long celebration of the U.S. military’s seafaring service members. The other two aircraft safely returned to the airport.A large police and fire department presence was visible at the makeshift rescue headquarters at the 79th Street Boat Basin, where diners at a nearby restaurant looked on at the operations.A dozen police and fire rescue boats adorned with flashing blue lights trawled the river into Friday night as authorities continued the search.
U.S. Special Forces captured a significant Islamic State operative in Iraq, Reuters and other news sources reported, the first of several expected to be caught in raids by an elite force sent in recent weeks to target the jihadist group’s fighters and leaders.Questions immediately arose about what would be done with those captured alive after they have been interrogated.
U.S. officials said they don\\\'t intend to establish a long-term American facility to hold Islamic State detainees, reported The New York Times, and Obama administration officials ruled out sending any to the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
CNN said two U.S. officials confirmed the ISIS operative was captured in northern Iraq as part of a highly secretive 200-member targeting team led by the Army\\\'s elite Delta Force. They said the detainee is being interrogated by the U.S. and is expected to be turned over to Iraqi officials in coming days.
The Times said the unidentified detainee was being interrogated in a temporary facility in the Kurdish city of Erbil, but defense officials cited by the newspaper provided few other details.
A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment on details of the force’s missions but said any detention would be “short term and coordinated with Iraqi authorities,” said The Times
Iraqi and Kurdish military spokesmen declined immediate comment, said Reuters.CNN said the secretive U.S. force captured the senior operative in its first missions after spending several weeks on the ground developing intelligence.
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The new intelligence gleaned from raids and interrogations will be used to develop further targeting for follow-up missions.
Special Operations forces captured the wife of key ISIS figure Abu Sayyaf during a raid in Syria last year and subsequently turned her over to Iraqi authorities. U.S. officials have long said the information gleaned from her helped them decide to form a special targeting force, said CNN.
The Times cited Defense Department officials in saying there were no plans to hold the detainee or others indefinitely, and that they would be handed over to Iraqi or Kurdish authorities after they have been interviewed.
Scientists have found dangerous drug-resistant “super bacteria” off beaches in Rio de Janeiro that will host Olympic swimming events and in a lagoon where rowing and canoe athletes will compete when the Games start on Aug. 5.The findings from two unpublished academic studies seen by Reuters concern Rio’s most popular spots for tourists and greatly increase the areas known to be infected by the microbes normally found only in hospitals.They also heighten concerns that Rio’s sewage-infested waterways are unsafe.A study published in late 2014 had shown the presence of the super bacteria – classified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an urgent public health threat – off one of the beaches in Guanabara Bay, where sailing and wind-surfing events will be held during the Games.The first of the two new studies, reviewed in September by scientists at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in San Diego, showed the presence of the microbes at five of Rio’s showcase beaches, including the ocean-front Copacabana, where open-water and triathlon swimming will take place.The other four were Ipanema, Leblon, Botafogo and Flamengo.The super bacteria can cause hard-to-treat urinary, gastrointestinal, pulmonary and bloodstream infections, along with meningitis. The CDC says studies show that these bacteria contribute to death in up to half of patients infected.
The second new study, by the Brazilian federal government’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation lab, which will be published next month by the American Society for Microbiology, found the genes of super bacteria in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in the heart of Rio and in a river that empties into Guanabara Bay.Waste from countless hospitals, in addition to hundreds of thousands of households, pours into storm drains, rivers and streams crisscrossing Rio, allowing the super bacteria to spread outside the city’s hospitals in recent years.Renata Picao, a professor at Rio’s federal university and lead researcher of the first study, said the contamination of Rio’s famous beaches was the result of a lack of basic sanitation in the metropolitan area of 12 million people.
“These bacteria should not be present in these waters. They should not be present in the sea,” said Picao from her lab in northern Rio, itself enveloped by stench from Guanabara Bay.Cleaning the city’s waterways was meant to be one of the Games’ greatest legacies and a high-profile promise in the official 2009 bid document Rio used to win the right to host South America’s first Olympics.
That goal has instead transformed into an embarrassing failure, with athletes lamenting the stench of sewage and complaining about debris that bangs into and clings to boats in Guanabara Bay, potential hazards for a fair competition.Picao’s study, which has undergone internal reviews at Rio’s federal university, analyzed water samples taken between September 2013 and September 2014. Using 10 samples taken at five beach locations, the study found super bacteria were most present at Botafogo beach, where all samples were positive.Flamengo beach, where spectators will gather to watch Olympic sailors vie for medals, had the super bacteria in 90 percent of samples. Ten percent of Copacabana’s samples had the microbes.Ipanema and Leblon beaches, the most popular with tourists, had samples that tested positive for super bacteria 50 and 60 percent of the time, respectively.The Oswaldo Cruz study of the Olympic lagoon, which was peer reviewed, is based on water samples taken in 2013. It found that the lake is a potential breeding ground for super bacteria and their spread through the city.
While the studies both use water samples that are from 2013 and 2014, Picao and other experts said they had seen no advances in sewerage infrastructure in Rio to improve the situation.Valerie Harwood, an expert in recreational water contamination and antibiotic-resistant bacteria at the University of South Florida who was not involved in the studies, said that if anything, things were getting worse, as the super bacteria naturally spread by infecting other microbes.
The contamination has prompted federal police and prosecutors to investigate whether Rio’s water utility Cedae is committing environmental crimes by lying about how much sewage it treats. Investigators are also looking into where billions of dollars in funds went since the early 1990s, money earmarked to improve sewage services and clean Guanabara Bay.Cedae has denied any wrongdoing. It said in an emailed statement that any super bacteria found at the beaches or the Olympic lagoon must be the result of illegal dumping into storm drains. Cedae said it carries out sewage treatment and collection in the entire “south zone” of Rio, where the bodies of water are located and where the water samples were taken.
Five scientists consulted by Reuters said the immediate risk to people’s health when faced with super bacteria infection depends on the state of their immune systems.These bacteria are opportunistic microbes that can enter the body, lie dormant, then attack at a later date when a healthy person may fall ill for another reason.Super bacteria infect not only humans but also otherwise-harmless bacteria present in the waters, turning them into antibiotic-resistant germs.
Harwood said the super bacteria genes discovered in the Olympic lagoon were probably not harmful if swallowed by themselves: they need to be cocooned inside of a bacterium.“Those genes are like candy. They are organic molecules and they’ll be eaten up by other bacteria, other organisms,” Harwood said. “That’s where the danger is – if a person then ingests that infected organism – because it will make it through their gastrointestinal tract and potentially make someone ill.”The presence of the super bacteria genes in the lagoon indicates the bacteria themselves had recently died or simply were not detected by testing, Harwood said.
Health experts say Rio’s poor wastewater management has already created endemic illnesses associated with sewage that disproportionately impact the city’s poor, including gastrointestinal and respiratory problems, Hepatitis A and severe heart and brain conditions.Rio’s Olympic organizing committee referred questions on water quality to state authorities.Rio state’s Inea environmental agency said in an emailed statement it follows the World Health Organization’s recommendations for testing recreational water safety, and that searching for super bacteria is not included in that. It also said there was a lack of studies about the bacteria in water and health outcomes.