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Trump lunged at driver to try to join Capitol riot: aide

  by Frankie TAGGART Agence France WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Former US president Donald Trump angrily lunged at his Secret Service driver and grabbed at the steering wheel of his limousine in a bid to join the crowd as it marched on the Capitol on the day of the deadly insurrection, an aide testified Tuesday. In some of the most explosive testimony so far to the House committee probing the violence, Cassidy Hutchinson, an […]

US opens probe after 51 migrants die in sweltering trailer

  by Gerard Martinez Agence France-Presse SAN ANTONIO, United States (AFP) — The death toll of undocumented migrants who were abandoned in a scorching-hot trailer in Texas rose to 51 Tuesday, as President Joe Biden blamed “criminal” professional smugglers for the tragedy. Rebeca Clay-Flores, a Bexar County official, reported the new tally of “39 men and 12 women” dead, following the Monday discovery of the tractor-trailer on an isolated road in her district. She did […]

46 migrants found dead in tractor-trailer in Texas

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — At least 46 migrants were found dead Monday in and around a tractor-trailer that was abandoned on the side of a road in San Antonio, in central Texas, authorities said. The grim discovery was one of the worst disasters involving migrants in the United States in recent years — and came five years after a similar deadly incident in the same city, a few hours from the Mexican border. “At […]

Three dead, multiple injuries in US train derailment

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) –Three people died Monday when a long-distance train collided with a dump truck in the US state of Missouri, leaving multiple injuries among its more than 200 passengers, local officials said. Seven of the Amtrak train’s approximately eight cars derailed on a route from Los Angeles to Chicago when the train struck the truck at a rail crossing near Mendon, Missouri. “The investigation is in its preliminary stages and as more […]

13 dead as police clash with gang suspects in western Mexico

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AFP) — A gun battle left four police officers and nine suspected gang members dead in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco, authorities said Thursday. The clash happened on Wednesday night at a house in El Salto on the outskirts of the city of Guadalajara and, according to witnesses, lasted for more than an hour. Following the shootout, the bodies of nine people, including a woman, were found inside the building, state prosecutors said. […]

Supreme Court says Americans have right to carry guns in public

by Chris Lefkow Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a fundamental right to carry a handgun in public, a landmark decision with far-reaching implications for states and cities across the country confronting a surge in gun violence. The 6-3 decision strikes down a more than century-old New York law that required a person to prove they had a legitimate self-defense need to receive a permit […]

Acquitted US protest shooter to launch video game

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP)  — A US teen cleared in court after killing people amid unrest over police mistreatment of African-Americans unveiled Thursday a video game centered on shooting targets representing journalists. Kyle Rittenhouse said in online posts that money raised from sales of the game will be used to sue “leftwing media organizations” for defamation over their coverage of his 2020 case. He did not specify which news outlets he intended to sue, […]

Passenger jet catches fire while landing at Miami airport

MIAMI, June 22, 2022 (AFP) –  Officials arrived in Miami Wednesday to investigate a passenger jet that caught fire as it touched down at the US city’s international airport, forcing more than 100 people to flee the burning and mangled aircraft. Three people were hospitalized after the crash of Red Air Flight 203 late Tuesday, according to Miami-Dade fire officials, but no deaths or serious injuries have been reported among those on board. Dramatic video […]

US calls Russia’s threat against captured Americans ‘appalling’

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2022 (AFP) – by Sebastian Smith The United States on Tuesday called it “appalling” for the Kremlin to suggest that two US citizens captured while fighting for Ukraine against the Russian invasion could face execution. “It’s appalling that a public official in Russia would even suggest the death penalty for two American citizens that were in Ukraine,” John Kirby, a White House spokesman, told reporters after the Kremlin spokesman said the two […]

Biden to call for three-month suspension of federal gas tax as prices skyrocket

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2022 (AFP)   US President Joe Biden will ask Congress Wednesday to suspend the federal gas tax for three months as skyrocketing prices cause widespread anger among Americans just months before crucial mid-term elections. The White House wants to discontinue the tax of 18 cents per gallon (3.78 liters) until September and will call on US states, which also tax at the pump, to do the same to “provide direct relief to […]

Texas school shooting response deemed ‘abject failure’

NEW YORK, June 21, 2022 (AFP)   The police response to the Uvalde school massacre in Texas last month was an “abject failure,” a top law enforcement official told a hearing into the tragedy Tuesday, saying officers wasted vital time looking for a classroom key that was “never needed.” Nineteen young children and two teachers were killed when a teenage gunman went on a rampage at Robb Elementary on May 24 in America’s worst school shooting […]

President of Panama announces blood cancer diagnosis

  PANAMA CITY, Panama (AFP) — The President of Panama Laurentino Cortizo said on Monday that he has blood cancer, although the 69-year-old said he feels well and is in “good spirits.” In late May, Cortizo’s doctors detected “a decrease in hemoglobin and white blood cell count” during routine testing, the president said in a televised statement. Specialists recommended that a bone marrow biopsy be performed, and samples were sent to a US laboratory, and […]