President Donald Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers when he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday on his re-election, including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating "DO NOT CONGRATULATE," according to officials familiar with the call. Mr Trump also chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing him to condemn Putin about the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom with a powerful nerve agent, a case that both the British and US governments have blamed on Moscow. The President's conversation with Putin, which Mr Trump called a "very good call," prompted fresh criticism of his muted tone towards one of the United States' biggest geopolitical rivals amid the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russia's election interference and the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian officials.
Austin bombings: Police hunt for motive as they search home of suspect Mark Anthony Conditt - as it happened
The suspect thought to be behind a spate of bomb attacks in Austin, Texas, has been killed in an explosion after being cornered by police. Police in Texas are hunting for clues as to what drove the unemployed young man to apparently launch a bombing spree that terrorised the region. While searching for possible accomplices and warning people to be on the alert for suspicious packages, officials said that 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt is suspected of posting and triggering the bombs that killed two people and injured six.
Israel admitted for the first time Wednesday it was responsible for a top-secret 2007 air raid against a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor, a strike the intelligence minister says serves as a warning to Iran. Israel has long been assumed to have carried out the raid and had been named by other countries as being behind it, but it had never formally acknowledged the strike or divulged details. The admission along with the release of newly declassified material related to the raid comes as Israel intensifies its warnings over the presence of its main enemy Iran in neighbouring Syria.
A suspect in the serial bombings that have plagued Texas is dead following a police shooting in Austin, the state’s capital, according to local media reports. CBS Austin reported that an explosive device detonated following a police pursuit in the city. Austin Police Department chief Brian Manley later confirmed a 24-year-old white male suspect had died after triggering a bomb near a hotel on IH-35.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The recent discovery of the USS Juneau in the depths of the South Pacific has provided some closure to people with connections to the ship, which was blown apart during World War II. Hundreds died, including the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, whose story was chronicled in a 1944 movie.
California is a hotbed of climate change activism, so it perhaps wasn’t a surprise to see the cities of San Francisco and Oakland sue the world’s largest oil companies last year for allegedly knowing about the dire consequences of global warming while seeking to downplay or deny it. The judge, who previously learned coding techniques for a Silicon Valley lawsuit, has set out a list of questions for a climate change “tutorial” on the floor of the courtroom on Wednesday. What caused the various ice ages (including the “little ice age” and prolonged cool periods) and what caused the ice to melt?
Australian tycoon James Packer abruptly quit Wednesday as director of his gaming empire Crown Resorts for "mental health issues", stepping back from all commitments indefinitely. No further details were given although the billionaire mogul, the scion of a media dynasty, has previously spoken about his battles with depression and how movie star Tom Cruise helped him cope. "James Packer today resigned from the board of Crown Resorts Ltd for personal reasons," said a spokesperson for his private investment vehicle Consolidated Press Holdings, which is Crown's largest shareholder.