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Trump accuses New York Times of foiling plot to kill ISIS leader

President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., July 18, 2017.  Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images President Trump weighed in on a number of hot-button topics in a string of tweets Saturday morning, the day after naming a new White House communications director and accepting the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer. The president took aim at some familiar targets: the “Amazon Washington Post,” leaks, Hillary Clinton, “Special Council” Robert Mueller and others.  But one missive in particular left observers scratching their heads. In…

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From Political Star to ‘a Sacrificial Object’ in China

The party’s terse public announcement said only that Mr. Sun, 53, had been removed as party secretary of Chongqing. It gave no explanation and, ominously, said nothing about his future. His name has not appeared in official Chinese media since his dismissal. His replacement was Chen Miner, formerly the secretary of nearby Guizhou Province and a protégé of Mr. Xi since working under him in Zhejiang Province, in eastern China, over a decade ago. Mr. Sun “was just the wrong guy in the wrong place,” said Joseph Fewsmith, a professor…

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Protests erupt at Minneapolis press conference announcing police chief resignation

In a raucous press conference on Friday evening Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges announced the resignation of Minneapolis police chief Jane Harteau. The resignation came in the wake of the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a police officer on July 15. “We need new leadership at MPD,” Hodges said. “I asked Chief Harteau for her resignation, she tendered it and I accepted it.” The presser quickly turned into a back and forth debate with a protester who was in attendance.  “We do not want you as the Mayor,” a man…

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Spicer says Trump didn’t want him to quit, but ‘too many cooks’ at White House

Outgoing White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday that President Trump did not want him to resign but Spicer felt there were “too many cooks in the kitchen” promoting the president’s message. “I just thought it was in the best interest of our communications department, of our press organization, to not have too many cooks in the kitchen,” Spicer told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in an interview hours after he resigned from the White House on Friday. Spicer quit in apparent protest after Trump tapped Anthony Scaramucci as White…

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Minneapolis Police Chief Pressured to Resign After Fatal Shooting of Australian Woman

Chief Harteau, a 30-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, said in a statement that “the recent incidents do not reflect the training and procedures we’ve developed as a department.” Ms. Damond’s death was the latest in a series of high-profile incidents that raised questions about police tactics under Chief Harteau’s watch. Weeks of protests followed the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, in 2015. Ms. Hodges, who is up for re-election in November and who has faced criticism for her own handling of police issues, said…

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Minneapolis police chief resigns amid shooting controversy

Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 7:22 PM EDT Minnesota Police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday amid criticism of her response to a string of high-profile police shootings. Harteau’s resignation came at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges, who has publicly clashed with the police chief, CBS Minnesota reports. In her resignation letter, Harteau said the July 5 shooting of Justine Damond, and other recent fatal police shootings, have caused her “to engage in deep reflection.” “The recent incidents do not reflect the training and procedures we’ve developed as a department….

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3 Palestinians, 3 Israelis killed in violence over Jerusalem shrine

JERUSALEM — Escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions over the Holy Land’s most contested shrine boiled over into violence on Friday that killed six people — three Palestinians in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement. After nightfall, a Palestinian sneaked into a home in the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank and stabbed to death three Israelis, the head of Israel’s rescue service said. An Israeli news site said those killed were two men and a woman who were having dinner…

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