Jul 16

Open Championship 2018: Tournament news, schedule, coverage and analysis

The Open Championship returns to Carnoustie — dubbed by many as Car-Nasty because of the difficulty of the links course — for the first time since 2007. 

Dates: July 19-22
Location: Carnoustie Golf Links
Previous champions at Carnoustie: Tommy Armour (1931); Henry Cotton (1937); Ben Hogan (1953); Gary Player (1968); Tom Watson (1975); Paul Lawrie (1999); Padraig Harrington (2007)

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Jul 16

In TV interview, Trump says queen called Brexit 'complex'

President Donald Trump has told a British TV interviewer that Queen Elizabeth II told him Brexit is “complex.”

Trump’s interview with Good Morning Britain was broadcast Monday. The president spoke to Piers Morgan on Air Force One Friday evening.

Asked the queen’s view on Brexit, Trump said: “She said it’s a very complex problem.”

Trump’s comments were unusual because most heads of state do not discuss their private conversations with the queen. Trump met the queen Friday at Windsor Castle.

The queen does not comment on political matters and has never indicated whether she favors having Britain leave the European Union. She remained scrupulously silent during the Brexit referendum campaign in 2016, which saw Britain vote to exit the EU.

Trump declined to say what he believes her view is on that important question. Britain’s plans to leave the EU bloc have been slowed by difficulty reaching an exit deal with EU leaders.

Trump did say he admires the queen and found her to be “incredible”, “sharp” and “beautiful.”

“When I say beautiful, inside and out,” Trump said.

He said he doesn’t know if the queen liked him, but that he liked her.

The president said he was thinking of his late mother, who was born in Scotland, when he and his wife Melania had tea with the queen. He said his mother was a great admirer of the queen.

“My mother felt she was a great woman,” Trump said.

Elizabeth is the longest reigning monarch in British history and has met with every U.S. president since Dwight Eisenhower with the exception of Lyndon Johnson.

She has not shared her thoughts about them with the public, just as she has not commented on the dozens of heads of state she has entertained at her various palaces.

The president’s meeting with her seemed to go well, but some in the British press criticized Trump for briefly walking in front of the 92-year-old queen while they were reviewing an honor guard on the castle grounds.

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Jul 16

Malaysian lawmakers take oath, including indicted ex-leader

Malaysian lawmakers took their oath in Parliament on Monday, including former premier Najib Razak, who has been charged in the massive corruption scandal that led to his coalition’s electoral defeat.

The swearing-in ceremony of 221 lawmakers opened the first Parliament session after Najib’s long-ruling coalition was ousted in May 9 elections, ushering in Malaysia’s first change of power since independence from Britain in 1957.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, the world’s oldest leader at 93, made his return to Parliament for the first time in 15 years after ending his retirement to challenge Najib over the corruption scandal.

Najib won his parliamentary seat despite his coalition’s defeat. A lawmaker is only disqualified if convicted and sentenced to more than a year in jail or fined over 2,000 ringgit ($494).

“I accept it because I want to serve the people. I want to be a constructive opposition member and play a role to ensure that democracy in our country is meaningful and healthy,” Najib told reporters, when asked how he felt sitting on the opposition bench.

Najib, 64, pleaded not guilty earlier this month to charges of criminal breach of trust and abuse of power, making him one of few Southeast Asian leaders to be prosecuted after losing office. His court case is linked to the 1MDB state investment fund that he set up when he took power in 2009 but which accumulated billions in debts and prompted investigations in the U.S., Switzerland and several other countries.

Mahathir had reopened investigations into 1MDB that were stifled under Najib’s rule, and barred Najib and his wife from leaving the country.

Najib denies any wrongdoing and has accused the new government of pursuing a vendetta against him. Police have also seized jewelry and valuables valued at more than 1.1 billion ringgit ($273 million) from properties linked to Najib.

U.S. prosecutors allege that Najib’s associates looted and laundered at least $4.5 billion from the fund. Switzerland Attorney General Michael Lauber has indicated last month that the fraud could involve as much as $7 billion.

Earlier, Najib and dozens of opposition lawmakers briefly walked out over the appointment of the new lower house speaker, a retired judge. Najib said the walk-out was not a rejection of the new speaker but the government’s failure to give a 14-day advance notice to the house on his appointment.

Only one of the 222 lawmakers in Parliament was absent for the swearing-in, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is recovering from surgery.

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Jul 16

EU official urges Trump, Putin not to destroy global order

A senior European Union official on Monday urged President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and China to work with Europe to avoid trade wars and prevent conflict and chaos.

European Council President Donald Tusk was speaking in Beijing at the opening of a summit between China and the European Union, just hours ahead of a summit between Trump and Putin in Helsinki.

“We are all aware of the fact that the architecture of the world is changing before our very eyes and it is our common responsibility to make it a change for the better,” Tusk said.

Last week, Tusk lambasted Trump’s constant criticism of European allies and urged him to remember who his friends are when he meets Putin. In Beijing, Tusk said that Europe, China, the U.S. and Russia had a “common duty” not to destroy the global order but to improve it by reforming international trade rules.

“This is why I am calling on our Chinese hosts, but also on presidents Trump and Putin, to jointly start this process from a thorough reform of the WTO,” Tusk earlier said, referring to the World Trade Organization by its acronym. “There is still time to prevent conflict and chaos.”

Washington imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion of goods in response to complaints that Beijing is hurting American companies by stealing or pressuring enterprises to hand over technology. It has also applied tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from allies like Canada, Mexico and the European Union. The 28-country EU bloc has responded with import taxes on $3.25 billion of U.S. goods.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Monday that China and the EU had agreed to take steps to “safeguard free trade” and the global multilateral regulatory system. He endorsed efforts to update World Trade Organization rules that Washington complains are outdated and cumbersome.

Asked whether China used Monday’s meeting to try to form an alliance with the EU against Washington, Li said the U.S.-Chinese dispute was a bilateral matter for Beijing and Washington to solve.

“Our summit is not directed at any third country,” said Li at a joint news conference.

Chinese leaders have tried without success to recruit German, France and other governments as allies against Washington.

“We see a China that is seeking alliances as countermeasures to the U.S. actions,” the president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, Mats Harborn, said last week.

European leaders criticize President Donald Trump’s tactics but share U.S. complaints about Chinese industrial policies and trade barriers.

A European Union report last month said Beijing had imposed more new import and investment barriers in 2017 than any other government. The 28-nation EU is China’s second-biggest trading partner after the United States.

The EU cited “rising obstacles” in China’s semiconductor, cybersecurity and other industries.

“Protectionism is on the rise,” the report said. “China was identified as the partner contributing the most to this trend.”

Li has tried appeal to visiting European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel in May by saying their companies were welcome to invest.

The premier gave no indication whether Beijing would act on complaints European companies are blocked from acquiring most Chinese assets while its companies operate freely abroad.

During a visit to Berlin by Li this month, German and Chinese companies signed deals worth 20 billion euros ($24 billion).

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Jul 16

Truck hits bus carrying wedding party, killing 15 Pakistanis

Pakistani police say a trailer truck has hit a parked passenger bus carrying wedding guests on a busy highway near the southern city of Hyderabad, killing at least 15 people.

The accident took place before dawn Monday in the town of Matiarai in southern Sindh province.

Local police official Mohammad Tahir says 17 people were injured in the crash and some were in critical condition.

He said the negligence of the truck’s driver appears to have been the cause of the crash.

TV footage showed badly damaged bus and ambulances transporting bodies and injured to hospitals.

Road accidents are common in Pakistan, where highways and many roads are poorly maintained and traffic laws are widely ignored.

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Jul 15

The Latest: EU chief cautions Trump, Putin to protect order

The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local):

7:50 a.m.

European Council President Donald Tusk has urged President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and China to work with Europe to avoid trade wars and prevent conflict and chaos.

Tusk was speaking Monday in Beijing at the opening of a summit between China and the European Union. He noted that Trump and Putin’s summit in Helsinki would take place on the same day in Helsinki.

Of the summit, Tusk said: “We are all aware of the fact that the architecture of the world is changing before our very eyes and it is our common responsibility to make it a change for the better.”

Tusk said Europe, China, the U.S. and Russia had a “common duty” not to destroy the global order but to improve it by reforming international trade rules.

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7:10 a.m.

President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin are ready to go one-on-one in Finland.

Their summit Monday in Helsinki will play out against a backdrop of fraying Western alliances, the investigation into Russian election meddling and fears that Moscow’s aggression may go unpunished.

The meeting was condemned in advance by an assortment of members of Congress from both parties after the U.S. indictment last week of 12 Russians accused of hacking Democrats in the 2016 election to help Trump.

Undeterred, the American president is set to go face-to-face with Putin, the authoritarian leader for whom he has expressed admiration.

Questions are swirling about whether Trump will sharply rebuke his Russian counterpart for the election meddling that prompted a special counsel probe.

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Jul 15

Deputies find rhino statue in middle of the road

DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) –  A happy ending after deputies had been trying to reunite a pet with its owner, but it’s not what you think.

Around 3 a.m. Sunday, Daviess County deputies got a call from someone who said they had to slam their brakes because a cow was standing in the middle of the road.

The thing is, it wasn’t a cow.

When deputies arrived, they discovered a rhino statue in the road.

The rhino statue has been returned to its owner.

No word on how it got to the road.

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Jul 15

Lexington Police Officer sings Barney to kids

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Police said it best when they said “who needs the lip-sync challenge when you have officer Jeremy Adams. ”

During rush hour traffic, a woman’s car ran out of gas with her and her three kids inside.

While waiting to be taken to get gas, Officer Adams and his partner sat with the kids and Adams began singing the ‘I love you’ song from Barney and Friends over the intercom in his cruiser.

The woman who posted the photo said she hugged both of them and cried on the way home.

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Jul 15

33 passengers hospitalized after Ryanair flight depressurizes

Over 30 passengers were hospitalized, with some complaining about bleeding from their ears, after a Ryanair plane experienced “inflight depressurization,” according to authorities.

“I can safely say it was the most terrifying thing I ever experienced,” passenger Roxanne Brownlee told ABC News.

A spokesperson from Ryanair said the depressurization caused oxygen masks to deploy. The plane was carrying 189 people from Dublin, Ireland, to Zadar, Croatia but made an emergency landing at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany.

“The oxygen masks just fell down in front of us — we were given no context, there was no announcement,” said Brownlee. “We were all kind of scrambling trying to put the oxygen masks on and people were screaming, crying and shouting.”

When the plane began to plummet, Brownlee and another passenger, Sara Sihelnik, said they had no updates from the hostesses or captain.

“It was that moment we were plummeting that we were thinking, ‘This is it, we’re going to die,’” said Brownlee.

Once the plane arrived at the airport, 33 people were taken to the hospital “to be treated for headaches and earaches and nausea,” according to authorities. Sky News reported that some people complained they were bleeding from their ears.

Brownlee and Sihelnik described the treatment they received after landing as “disgraceful.”

“They brought in about 100 burgers, for 189 of us there. They said elderly and families with small children can sleep on cots in the basement, the rest of us was just sort of left floating around,” said Brownlee. “So we were all awake upwards of 36 hours of the entire ordeal — just completely exhausted, shattered and I would just say shocked with the treatment that we received from Ryanair.”

According to a Ryanair spokesperson, “Customers were provided with refreshment vouchers and hotel accommodation was authorised, however there was a shortage of available accommodation.”

On Saturday, another Ryanair flight took a majority of the passengers to their destination in Croatia. Out of the 33 people admitted to the hospital, 22 were released and bused to Croatia because they were told not to fly.

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Jul 15

Toddler drowns in Boone County

Drowning

BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Boone County Sheriff says a toddler drowned in a pool.

WCPO out of Cincinnati reports the boy managed to get outside at a home on Rurel Court and made his way to the pool’s ladder.

His grandparents found him minutes later.

Neighbors, two nurses, and a firefighter tried to save him until EMS arrived.

No foul play is suspected.

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