Top News Stories for Today – Aug 7, 2017
11 killed in attack at Nigerian church
Authorities in Nigeria said 11 people were killed and 18 others critically wounded in an attack on a church in the southeastern part of the country. Nigeria’s southeast is predominantly Christian and the attack is a rare act of violence at a church.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but police said they do not believe Boko Haram militants were behind it. Nigeria is wracked by insecurity. The Islamist insurgency Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people since 2009, sparking one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. VOA
US to respond to Russian diplomatic expulsions
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Sunday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of a summit in the Philippines, and on Monday he said the US would issue its response by Sept. 1 to Moscow’s July 30 announcement that it is expelling 755 US embassy and consulate staff from Russia.
Tillerson said he told Lavrov that the US hasn’t yet decided on how it will respond to the expulsions, Moscow’s retaliation for new US sanctions against Russia, and asked “several clarifying questions” about the Russian move. Lavrov told reporters he had explained how Russia would carry out its response, which includes closing a US recreation retreat outside Moscow, but did not provide details. The US thought to have fewer than 755 Americans working at its Russian consulates and embassy. The Associated Press, Theweek
Pence denies rumors of a 2020 run
Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday issued a statement roundly denying any suggestion he might run against or in place of President Trump in the 2020 election. “The American people know that I could not be more honored to be working side by side with a president who is making America great again,” he said.
“Whatever fake news may come our way, my entire team will continue to focus all our efforts to advance the president’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020. Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd.” Pence was responding to a Saturday New York Times story reporting his schedule “is so full of political events that Republicans joke that he is acting more like a second-term vice president hoping to clear the field than a No. 2 sworn in a little over six months ago.” The Hill, Theweek
2 killed after attack on military base in Venezuela
Venezuelan soldiers shot and killed two armed attackers who stormed into a military base Sunday in the city of Valencia, President Nicolas Maduro said. Around 20 armed men — some civilians, a few soldiers — entered the base, and went straight to where the weapons were stored; Socialist party officials said eight were arrested, including at least three members of the military, while the rest escaped with weapons.
Anti-government protesters are angry over Maduro installing the Constituent Assembly on Friday, which backs him and has the power to dissolve all government bodies. Anti-government protests have been raging across Venezuela for four months, with the opposition speaking out against Maduro and the country’s recession, inflation, and food and medicine shortages. Reuters, Theweek
30 people hospitalized after tornado hits Tulsa
A tornado swept through Tulsa early Sunday, sending 30 people to the hospital, including two with life-threatening injuries. Most of the people injured were inside or outside of restaurants that were closing, authorities said.
The National Weather Service’s Mike Teague said the tornado had wind speeds of 111 to 135 mph, and not long after, two tornadoes with winds of 65 to 85 mph were seen on radar east and northeast of Tulsa. Power poles were damaged, signs were ripped off, and a TGI Fridays suffered major damage from the tornado, and for a brief time, more than 17,000 customers were without power. The Associated Press
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