Trump Calls Qatar a ‘High-Level’ Sponsor of Terrorism
Updated Jun. 10, 2017 12:08PM ET 
Published Jun. 10, 2017 12:06PM ET 
Jonathan Ernst
President Trump on Friday slammed Qatar for being a “high-level” sponsor of terror, ratcheting up tensions in the region even as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls for dialogue to resolve the mounting crisis. A string of Gulf Arab states have severed ties with Qatar and cut off all transportation routes in recent days over claims the country is backing terrorism, an allegation the country has blamed on a cyberattack last month in which it says hackers falsely attributed comments to Qatar’s emir. After taking credit for the Gulf states’ boycott of Qatar earlier this week, Trump on Friday continued his foray into the region’s crisis. “The nation of Qatar unfortunately has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level,” he told reporters at the White House. “So we had a decision to make, do we take the easy road or do we finally take a hard but necessary action. We have to stop the funding of terrorism. I decided ... the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding,” he said, reiterating that he helped plan the move by Gulf states to cut ties.
A senior administration official said earlier this week, however, that there was no indication of the boycott when Trump met with leaders in Riyadh last month, Reuters reported. While Trump appeared to hype up the blockade, Tillerson urged leaders in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to “ease the blockade against Qatar,” as it was harming Qatari civilians and hindering the U.S. fight against the Islamic State. Qatar is home to about 11,000 U.S. and coalition forces at the U.S. Air Force’s largest base in the region. Tillerson also urged Qatar to “do more” and “do it more quickly” to end terrorism, but acknowledged that “the emir of Qatar has made progress in halting financial support and expelling terrorist elements from his country.”
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U.S. Scrambles to Investigate Leak at Chinese Nuclear Plant
Philippe Naughton
Published Jun. 14, 2021 3:47AM ET 
Chinese officials have been accused of raising safe radiation levels around a nuclear power plant to avoid having to shut it down after an apparent technical problem. CNN reported Monday that the U.S. Department of Energy had been contacted by a French company that part-owns and helps operate the plant in Guangdong province warning of an “imminent radiological threat.” The warnings from Framatome sent senior Biden administration officials scrambling to investigate, but CNN said they had deemed that “the situation does not currently pose a severe safety threat to workers at the plant or Chinese public.” It is not clear what the actual problem is at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant. CNN said that Framatome, in which the French state ultimately owns a three-quarters stake, had contacted the U.S. because it needed a waiver to share American technical assistance at the Taishan plant.
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Woman Killed When Car Plows Into Minneapolis Protesters
Tracy ConnorExecutive Editor
Published Jun. 14, 2021 5:52AM ET 
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A car plowed into a group of protesters in Minneapolis late Sunday, killing one woman and injuring a second person. The driver was also injured, according to the Star-Tribune, when demonstrators pulled him out of the car and began attacking him—though police said it’s not clear if the crash was an accident or intentional, and the driver has not been charged. It happened in the Uptown neighborhood, where tensions are running high after a warrant squad shot a killed Winston Smith in a parking garage there on June 3. Police say he grabbed a gun, but the woman who was with him says she never saw a weapon.
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Shop Small and Gift Big This Father’s Day With Amazon Launchpad
Published Jun. 07, 2021 5:45AM ET 
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This inflatable lantern is an excellent choice for dads who are fans of versatility. It packs flat for easy storage in backpacks or a car's glove compartment, has multiple light modes to meet his brightness needs, can be charged via solar or USB, and doubles as a charger for phones, cameras, and more.
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Painfully Confused Capitol Rioter Claims He’s Running for Congress
Tracy ConnorExecutive Editor
Published Jun. 14, 2021 7:28AM ET 
A New Hampshire man who admits he chugged wine after joining the mob at the Capitol riot says he is running against Congresswoman Anne Kuster. There are a couple of problems, though. One, Jason Riddle thought Kuster was a state representative until a reporter for NBC Boston informed him on camera that she is actually a U.S. representative. Two, Riddle is currently facing federal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection and is banned from the nation’s capital. But Riddle—who claims to have no regrets about breaking into the Capitol and drinking wine he found in a Senate office—said he doesn’t think his legal problems will turn off voters. “In the long run, if you’re running for office, any attention is good attention, so I think it will help me,” he said.
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