Top news stories for today – July 21, 2016
Police shoot unarmed black caretaker
A black man was shot and wounded by police in Miami, Florida, on Monday while he cared for his autistic patient. Charles Kinsey, a therapist for people with disabilities, was attempting to get the patient back to the assisted living facility he’d wandered away from when police arrived on the scene following reports of a man with a gun.
Police ordered Kinsey and the patient, who was blocking traffic as he played with a toy truck in the street, to lie down. Video shot on a cellphone shows Kinsey complied, putting his hands up in the air as he tried to get his patient to do the same. An officer then fired three times, wounding Kinsey in the leg. No weapon was found on Kinsey. The Associated Press, The Miami Herald
Russia loses doping appeal
The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday rejected an appeal by the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 track and field athletes banned from competing in Rio over Russia’s government-run doping.
The International Association of Athletics Federation, track and field’s governing body, issued the sanctions in June after revelations about the cheating scheme. On Monday, investigators issued a report saying forensic evidence and computer records confirmed that high-ranking Russian officials covered up positive tests of doped Russian athletes at the Sochi Olympics. USA Today, The New York Times
UK nuclear submarine in collision
One of the UK’s newest nuclear-powered submarines has docked in Gibraltar after a collision with a merchant vessel during a training exercise. The Royal Navy said it has launched an immediate investigation after HMS Ambush was involved in the “glancing collision” while submerged off the coast of the British territory. There is “some external damage” but no crew members were injured, it added.
The Astute-class attack submarine’s nuclear reactor was undamaged. In a statement on the Ministry of Defence website, the Navy said the incident took place at approximately 13:30 local time on Tuesday. BBC
US hosts 30-nation anti-IS coalition talks
Following the counter-Islamic State meeting Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the coalition’s next moves would culminate in seizing control of Mosul, the major IS hub in Iraq, and Raqqa, the terror group’s self-proclaimed capital in Syria.
Officials said Carter used the meeting to determine strategies to accelerate the campaign in Iraq and Syria, especially now that the Iraqis are setting up their push to retake Mosul, the largest Iraqi city controlled by the terror group. VOA
Race for new UN Chief
There are two daughters of former presidents and one of a farmer; a history buff, a former president, an honorary citizen of Timbuktu and an assortment of foreign ministers, all of them want to be the next chief of the United Nations. In all, a dozen declared candidates are in the race to become the ninth secretary-general, and for the first time, half of them are women.
Eastern Europe is hoping one of its eight candidates will prevail, as its region has never had a UN chief. There is also a push by more than 50 member states to see a woman selected. On Thursday, the search for the person to fill what the first U.N chief, Norway’s Trygve Lie, described as “the most impossible job in the world” will move to the next level. After weeks of unprecedented public interviews and even a “debate” of sorts, the decision-making will start.
The 15-member UN Security Council will begin secret, closed-door “straw polls”, an unofficial vote to gauge enthusiasm for each candidate. Council members will check off “encourage,” “discourage” or “no opinion” for each nominee. If a candidate performs poorly, they might consider withdrawing their candidacy.
The five permanent members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – get to use their veto in the final rounds of the straw polls, meaning they can knock out candidates they don’t like. So while they can’t “make” a candidate, their veto can “break” one. VOA
US Presidential election
Ted Cruz booed for not endorsing Donald Trump at RNC: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence accepted the vice presidential nomination Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention, telling delegates that Donald Trump “is a doer in a game usually reserved for talkers,” but it was Ted Cruz who stole the show. After reports indicated Cruz wouldn’t endorse Trump, radio host Laura Ingraham took the stage and challenged Trump’s former rivals to support the Republican presidential nominee. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker did later that evening, saying, “A vote for anyone other than Donald Trump in November is a vote for Hillary Clinton.” But Ted Cruz refused, telling voters only to “vote your conscience.” He was loudly booed by Republican delegates. YouTube, The Week
Donald Trump says he may not back NATO allies if Russia invades: In a 45-minute interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, Donald Trump spoke at length about his “America First,” economics-based foreign policy. He said he would “pull out of NAFTA in a split second” if Mexico and Canada didn’t agree to renegotiate on terms much more favorable to the U.S.; suggested America has no place telling countries like Turkey to respect human rights, because “when the world sees how bad the United States is and we start talking about civil liberties, I don’t think we are a very good messenger”; suggested scaling back U.S. military deployments in Asia and Europe, and said that if Russia attacked NATO allies Latvia, Lithuania, or Estonia, he would come to their defense after looking at whether they “have fulfilled their obligations to us,” financially and otherwise. Many of his thoughts were in opposition to those put forward at his Republican National Convention. The New York Times
Trump Organization employee takes responsibility for Melania Trump speech: Trump Organization in-house writer Meredith McIver took responsibility for writing Melania Trump’s highly-criticized convention speech, which apparently borrowed large passages from a speech Michelle Obama gave at the Democratic convention in 2008. In an open letter, McIver explained that Melania Trump “has always liked Michelle Obama” and “read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches. This was my mistake.” McIver said on Tuesday she offered her resignation to the Trump family, which they rejected, with Donald Trump characterizing the mishap as an “innocent mistake.” Twitter, The Week
Protesters wall off Trump at GOP convention: One of Donald Trump’s highest-profile proposals is to build a wall along the US border with Mexico. On Wednesday, anti-Trump protesters used the same imagery to highlight one of the Republican presidential nominee’s biggest weaknesses: his lack of popularity with minorities. Several hundred protesters, including many from Hispanic organizations, dressed up in brick wall or fence costumes and held hands, forming what they called a symbolic “wall against hate” outside the arena where the Republican National Convention is being held in Cleveland, Ohio. VOA
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