Trump seeks probe into FBI election campaign 'infiltration'

Trump seeks probe into FBI election campaign 'infiltration'

President Donald Trump says he will demand an inquiry into whether his election campaign was infiltrated for political purposes.

In a tweet, Mr Trump said he wanted to know whether his predecessor’s administration ordered such a move.

The request, which will be made officially on Monday, comes after a New York Times report suggesting the FBI had an informant within the campaign.

There is already an investigation into all aspects relating to the campaign.

Mr Trump’s demand came amid a series of tweets on Sunday denouncing a “witch hunt” that, he said, had found no collusion with Russia.

This refers to the ongoing investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 US election, whether there was any collusion between the Kremlin and Mr Trump’s election campaign and whether the president tried unlawfully to obstruct the inquiry.

Mr Trump has constantly attacked the inquiry.

Was there a mole inside the Trump team?

Mr Trump made the accusation that the FBI had sent a spy into his campaign team on Friday.

“It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a ‘hot’ Fake News story,” Mr Trump tweeted, adding: “If true – all time biggest political scandal!”

The New York Times followed with an article that suggested there was, indeed, and FBI informant – whose identity it did not reveal – who had been sent to speak to campaign aides but only after the FBI had received reports of “suspicious contacts linked to Russia”.

The informant – an American academic working in the UK – had made contact with George Papadopoulos and Carter Page.

Law enforcement officials have refused to provide evidence to Congressional leaders over the issue, the newspaper said.

First baby in 12 years born on remote Brazil island

First baby in 12 years born on remote Brazil island

A remote Brazilian island with a ban on childbirth is nonetheless celebrating the first baby born there in 12 years.

Fernando de Noronha island, 370km (230 miles) from the city of Natal, has about 3,000 residents but no maternity wards.

Expectant mothers are requested to travel to the mainland.

A woman who does not want to be named had a baby girl on Saturday on the island – she says she was unaware she was pregnant and is “dumbstruck”.

Surprise birth

The woman is believed to be aged 22.

“On Friday night I had pains and when I went to the bathroom I saw something coming down between my legs,” she was quoted as saying by O Globo website.

“That’s when the child’s father came and picked it up. It was a baby, a girl. I was dumbstruck.”

The baby was later taken to the local hospital.

In a statement, the local administration confirmed the birth.

“The mother, who does not wish to be identified, went into labour at her home,” the statement says, according to O Globo.

“The family says they were not aware of the pregnancy.”

To celebrate the rare birth, local residents are now helping the family, with some donating clothes for the baby girl, reports say.

Fernando de Noronha boasts some of the world’s best beaches, and the island is also famous for its wildlife preserve in Brazil’s national maritime park.

US and China halt imposing import tariffs

US and China halt imposing import tariffs

China and the US say they will halt imposing punitive import tariffs, putting a possible trade war “on hold”.

The agreement came after days of talks in Washington DC aimed at persuading China to buy more US goods and services, therefore reducing the trade imbalance between the two countries.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said China would lower tariffs “on many things”, without specifying.

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He described the deal as a “win-win choice”.

Washington says the move will “substantially reduce” its $335bn annual trade deficit with Beijing.

But no figures have been provided – the White House had being aiming for a $200bn reduction.

Both countries have imposed tariffs on each others’ imports, though they are yet to be implemented.

  • 18.2% of all China’s exports go to the United States

  • $129bn worth of China-made electrical machinery bought by US

  • 59.2% growth in Chinese services imported by US between 2006 & 2016

  • $347bn US goods trade deficit with China

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US President Donald Trump had threatened to impose tariffs on up to $150bn of Chinese goods.

He has said he wants to persuade China to end what he calls the theft of American intellectual property – such as technology and copyright.

The US has already announced tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium. Countries accounting for the bulk of those imports have been exempted, but China is not among them.

Beijing has threatened equal retaliation, including tariffs on a number of US imports – among them aircraft, soybeans, cars, pork, wine, fruit and nuts.

A day after a statement following the deal in the US, Mr Mnuchin told Fox News: “We are putting the trade war on hold. Right now we have agreed to put the tariffs on hold while we try to execute the framework” of the agreement.

He said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross would travel to China soon – apparently to work on details.

Chelsea owner Abramovich experiences UK visa renewal 'delay'

Chelsea owner Abramovich experiences UK visa renewal 'delay'

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich has experienced delays in renewing his visa for the UK, the BBC understands.

The Russian billionaire did not attend Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley when the Blues beat Manchester United 1-0.

His office said it does not discuss personal matters with the media.

A source close to Mr Abramovich, 51, suggested he was in the process of renewing his visa, and said it was taking a little longer than usual.

Reports suggest his visa expired last month.

The Home Office has not commented on the situation.

Mr Abramovich, who made his fortune in oil and gas in the 1990s, became owner of the companies that control Chelsea in 2003.

According to the Sunday Times Rich List, he is Britain’s 13th-richest man, with a net worth of £9.3bn.

Santa Fe High School shooting: Who are the victims?

Santa Fe High School shooting: Who are the victims?

“The sweetest boy I have ever met.” “A kind, compassionate and caring individual.” “A beautiful nurturing angel.”

These are some of the words used to describe victims of a mass shooting at a Texas high school on Friday.

Details of the 10 people who died are still emerging. This is what we know about them so far.

Christopher Stone

Chris Stone was one of the first names that appeared on social media after the shooting.

Friends of the 17-year-old posted on social media to ask for any information about his whereabouts. Soon some people began to report they had heard Chris had been killed.

His sister Mercedez Stone, 19, told the LA Times “being a brother was his best job”.

“Although he was the youngest,” she said, “he definitely protected his sisters as if he was the oldest.

“He was always there if someone needed someone to listen or some cheering up.”

Logan Pettus said that Chris was his best friend. After his death was announced, he simply tweeted: “I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

He later put his feelings into words.

Glenda Ann Perkins

When the news came about Chris Stone, it was coupled with another name – Glenda Ann Perkins, known as Ann to her fellow teachers and Ms Perkins to her students.

There was an outpouring of emotion. Some people spoke about how much they cared for her. Some offered condolences to her family. Others simply hoped that the news was not true.

When it was confirmed by the Galveston County district attorney that she had been killed, it prompted further support. A GoFundMe page in her honour says that she died “protecting her students in her last moments”.

Jared Black

“We miss him so much. We wish we could see him at least one more time.”

These are the words of 11-year-old Nick Black – Jared’s half-brother. He wrote in a statement that Jared “loved to play Minecraft on Xbox, play Pokemon Go on his cell phone, and loved art”.

According to a GoFundMe page set up for the Black family, family friend Elizabeth McGinnis said Jared’s father “sat in misery for 13 hours not knowing if he was one of the victims”.

On social media, Jared’s friends have shared pictures of him, calling him by the nickname “Spyro”.

“Spyro, you sat right behind me,” said Chey on Twitter. “I would always listen and laugh at your jokes and comments about your games & super hero movies.

“I’m sorry such an undeserving evil soul took you away from your family & the life you deserve.”

Sabika Sheikh

The embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC confirmed that exchange student Sabika Sheikh, 18, was among the dead.

She had been on a special study abroad programme set up by the state department in the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 attacks to bring students from Muslim-majority nations to the US on a cultural exchange.

US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale wrote on Facebook that he spoke to Sabika’s family after her death was confirmed.

“I offered my deepest condolences,” he wrote. “As an exchange student, Sabika was a youth ambassador, a bridge between our peoples and cultures.

“All of us at the US Mission in Pakistan are devastated by and mourn her loss. We will honour her memory.”

Angelique Ramirez

Angelique Ramirez was a 15-year-old student at Santa Fe High School.

More than $13,000 has been raised in her memory on a GoFundMe page set up by family friend Rebecca Ruiz.

“Angelique was a kind, compassionate and caring individual,” Ms. Ruiz wrote. “She brought smiles to those who knew her.

“In losing Angelique, her friends and family lost so much.”

Christian Riley Garcia

Christian Riley Garcia, known as Riley, was eulogised by the pastor of his church in Texas.

“Riley, you are greatly loved and greatly missed,” the pastor wrote on Facebook.

While his cousin Ashley Fonseca, 21, said her “heart is hurting” after the loss.

Shana Fisher

Shana Fisher turned 16 just 10 days before the attack.

“My beautiful niece has gone to heaven with her classmates,” said her aunt Ericha Fisher Farris on Facebook. “Life was not supposed to end like this for our sweet girl.

“She should be worrying about getting her driver’s license, making plans for college and what she wants to be when she grows up.

“She should be at home rolling her eyes from fighting with her little sister.

“She should be worrying about young love, and getting her heart broken.

“But our baby will never again be able to do any of these things and more.”

The LA Times says it has spoken Shana’s mother, who said Shana had “had four months of problems from this boy” – referring to the gunman.

“He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no,” the mother Sadie Rodriguez said, adding that her daughter finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class a week before the shooting.

Kimberly Jessica Vaughan

Rhonda Hart shared this photo of her daughter Kimberly (middle) as she searched for information on her whereabouts.

Kimberly Jessica Vaughan, known as Kim Vaughan, was later confirmed dead by a close family friend on Facebook.

Kim’s mother has since written about her support for gun control legislation, while a GoFundMe page in Kim’s honour said she was “a senior Girl Scout and loved by many”.

Aaron Kyle McLeod

Aaron Kyle McLeod, known as Kyle, was 15 years old.

His friend Kali Reeves called him “outgoing and super sweet”.

She said that he was such a light-hearted person, she wondered that if she had called him during the attack he would have “made a joke about him getting shot… he just always looked on the bright side of things”.

Cynthia Tisdale

Cynthia Tisdale, 64, was a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School.

The New York Times spoke to her niece Leia Olinde, who said she was “so loving”.

“I’ve never met a woman who loved her family so much,” she said.

John Tisdale, Cynthia’s brother-in-law, shared a note that she wrote before leaving for school on the morning of the shooting.