Category Archives: Around The World

Trump Issues Warning After Saudi Oil Plant Attack

(Washington, DC) – President Trump says the U.S. is “locked and loaded” following an attack on a Saudi Arabian oil plant.

On Twitter, Trump said the government believes it knows who was behind the attack, but is waiting to hear verification from Saudi Arabia about who they think carried it out.

U.S. authorities have blamed Iran for the attack that knocked out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil supply this weekend. The President has authorized the release of U.S. oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to keep the oil market stable.

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Crude Oil Prices Jump After Attacks On Saudi Plants

(AP) – Crude oil prices are rising sharply after a drone attack cut Saudi oil production in half. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures jumped more than ten percent to over 61-dollars a barrel.

Brent crude futures soared even higher, up nearly eight dollars a barrel to around 68 bucks.

Saudi officials expect to restore about a third of its crude output by Monday. President Trump authorized the release of U.S. emergency reserves to help stabilize markets.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels took credit for the Saturday’s attacks on two major plants in Saudi Arabia, including the world’s biggest oil processing plant.

Brits Not Happy With Good Morning America Host

(London-AP) – Many Brits are demanding that a Good Morning America host apologize for mocking Prince George because he’s taking ballet lessons. Lara Spencer laughed as she spoke about how the prince will be studying ballet at school this year.

Her co-hosts could be heard giggling as she spoke. The 50-year-old Spencer once dressed up as Prince George for a Halloween show.

The third in line for the British throne is returning to Saint Thomas’s Battersea school next month where the curriculum includes a weekly ballet practice.

Tlaib’s Grandmother Reacts To Trump

(AP) – Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s  grandmother has strong words for President Trump after he reportedly urged Israeli officials to ban Tlaib and Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar from visiting Israel and Palestine.

In an interview released by Reuters today, Muftia Tlaib said “May God ruin him.”

Trump tweeted that Tlaib’s grandmother was the only winner because now she doesn’t have to see her granddaughter.

Israel later reversed its stance, but Tlaib rejected that offer, saying the country is treating her like a criminal and trying to silence her for her criticisms of the Israeli government.

Russia Missile Test Deaths

(Moscow-AP) – Russia is confirming that five members of its state nuclear agency, Rosatom, died during an accident at a military site on Thursday.

The agency says three others were seriously burned while supporting testing of a isotope power source for a rocket engine. Administrators in a nearby city reported a short spike in radiation, which they say returned to normal after less than an hour.

Reuters reports some U.S.-based nuclear experts think Russia was testing a nuclear-powered cruise missile.

Suspected Canadian Teen Killers Found Dead

(Manitoba, Canada-AP) — After a more than two-week long manhunt, Royal Canadian Mounted Police say the suspects in at least three murders have been found dead.

The bodies of 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky were located near the shoreline of the Nelson River in Manitoba.

The duo was wanted for the murders of a 64-year-old Vancouver man, a 24-year-old American woman and a 23-year-old Australian man. An autopsy for both bodies will be conducted in Winnipeg.

Iranian Military Tries To Commandeer British Tanker

(AP) – U.S. officials say Iranian military vessels tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. CNN reports the incident happened as the British Heritage tanker was leaving the Persian Gulf Wednesday and crossing into the Strait of Hormuz.

The Iranian boats reportedly approached the vessel and ordered it to move into Iranian waters. A British Royal Navy frigate was nearby escorting the tanker and trained its guns on the Iranian vessels then ordered them to back off.

Recently, the British military seized an Iranian tanker that was bound for Syria.

Iran Says It Won’t Negotiate With U.S. Over Nuclear Deal

(Tehran-AP) – Iran is accusing the U.S. of “economic terrorism.” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by official state news today saying Iran won’t agree to hold talks with the U.S. Zarif reportedly said, “Negotiations are never possible under duress,” and that “pressure and economic terrorism against Iran must stop and then we can talk.”

Zarif is scheduled to meet with France’s top diplomat today, and said the main problem for European countries in the Iran nuclear deal is how to handle the Trump administration’s exit from the agreement.

Federal Prosecutors Want El Chapo To Pay Billions

(New York, NY-AP) — As drug lord Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo, awaits sentencing next week, federal prosecutors are detailing his financial worth. Last week they filed a forfeiture request, detailing how the kingpin amassed a fortune by selling unfathomable amounts of drugs.

They say that from the early 90s until his arrest in 2016 Guzman’s drug deals made him more than 12-billion dollars and they want to see it paid back in restitution. On July 17th he is to face a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz Shooting Reportedly Over A Woman

(Santo Domingo, DR) – As family, friends and fans pray for his full recovery, reportedly David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz is still in guarded condition at a hospital in Boston.
The Sox great and three-time World Series Champion was shot in the back at a bar in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. And authorities say it was an organized hit involving about a dozen people.
Reportedly, ten people were in on the attack including 31-year old Luis Alfredro Rivas-Clase who is also wanted for an attempted homicide in Pennsylvania. The suspects in custody include the alleged gunman, Rolfi Ferreira, and Eddy Vladimir Féliz García, not believed to be a relation of the model, who supposedly drove him to the bar on a motorcycle and was beaten severely as he tried to get away.
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Police say a bounty of nearly eight-thousand dollars was placed on Ortiz who was stalked by a number of people in on the hit. Authorities haven’t said who ordered the shooting or why he was targeted but rumors are circulating that it might have something to do with a woman named Maria Yaribell Martinez Garcia.
While Alex Redetsky, a U.S. based agent for Ortiz declined to comment one way or the other about Maria Garcia. Garcia is declining any involvement with Ortiz or the drug dealer who is believed to have ordered the hit.
But while she denies having a relationship with Ortiz, Garcia was filmed fighting at the hospital the night Big Papi was shot.  And there’s paperwork and a photo of a check circulating on the internet that shows David Ortiz purchased an $85 thousand dollar Lexus for Maria Garcia and put it in her name.

According to the date on the documents, the car agreement was made a couple of days before Big Papi was shot but the check is dated the day after a bullet went through his back and exited through his stomach purchased the day before Big Papi was shot.
Big Papi was shot Sunday, June 9th.
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Ortiz suffered injuries to his liver, large intestine, small intestine and the membrane that holds the intestines in place. His gall bladder was also removed. But the bullet did not fragment and apparently missed his aorta and his inferior vena cava, large blood vessels in the same area.
Lynne McCullough, medical director of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Emergency Department, who did not work on the case said Ortiz was beyond lucky. “It wasn’t his time.”