Mine­field as Trump fires FBI Direc­tor

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BER­LIN: Ger­man au­thor­i­ties ar­rested a sec­ond sol­dier on al­le­ga­tions he was part of a far­right plot to as­sas­si­nate prom­i­nent po­lit­i­cal fig­ures and blame the at­tack on refugees in a case that has raised con­cerns about ex­trem­ism within the coun­try’s mil­i­tary. Max­i­m­il­ian T., 27, was ar­rested in the southwestern city of Kehl on charges of pre­par­ing an act of vi­o­lence PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump has abruptly fired FBI Direc­tor James Comey, dra­mat­i­cally oust­ing the na­tion’s top law en­force­ment of­fi­cial in the midst of an FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether Trump’s cam­paign had ties to Rus­sia’s med­dling in the elec­tion.

In a let­ter to Mr Comey, Mr Trump said the fir­ing was nec­es­sary to re­store “pub­lic trust and con­fi­dence” in the FBI.

Mr Comey has come un­der in­tense scru­tiny in re­cent months for his pub­lic com­ments on an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton’s email prac­tices.

In an­nounc­ing the fir­ing, the White House cir­cu­lated a scathing memo, writ­ten by Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral Rod Rosen­stein, crit­i­cis­ing Mr Comey’s han­dling of the Clin­ton probe, in­clud­ing the direc­tor’s de­ci­sion to hold a news con­fer­ence an­nounc­ing its find­ings and re­leas­ing “deroga­tory in­for­ma­tion” about Ms Clin­ton.

Since At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions re­cused him­self from the bureau’s Trump-Rus­sia probe, Mr Rosen­stein has been in charge.

This is only the sec­ond fir­ing of an FBI direc­tor in his­tory. Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton dis­missed Wil­liam Ses­sions amid al­le­ga­tions of eth­i­cal lapses in 1993.

Mr Comey was speak­ing to agents at the FBI’s field of­fice in Los An­ge­les when the news VILNUIS: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has ap­proved arms sup­plies to Kur­dish YPG fight­ers to sup­port an op­er­a­tion to re­take the Syr­ian city of Raqqa from Is­lamic State, de­spite fierce op­po­si­tion from NATO ally Turkey. The US be­lieves arm­ing the Kurds “is nec­es­sary to en­sure a clear vic­tory.” of his fir­ing screens.

Democrats slammed Mr Trump’s ac­tion, com­par­ing it with Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon’s “Satur­day Night Mas­sacre” de­ci­sion to fire the in­de­pen­dent spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor over­see­ing the Water­gate in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 1973, which prompted the res­ig­na­tions of the Jus­tice Depart­ment’s top two of­fi­cials.

The Democrats ex­pressed deep scep­ti­cism about the stated rea­sons for Tues­day’s fir­ing, rais­ing the prospect of a White House ef­fort to stymie the in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the FBI and con­gres­sional panels.

The White House said the search for a re­place­ment had be­gun im­me­di­ately. Comey’s deputy, An­drew McCabe, takes over in the in­terim. flashed on TV PUEBLA: An ex­plo­sion at a fire­works warehouse killed 14 peo­ple, all but three of them chil­dren, in a poor Mex­i­can vil­lage as it cel­e­brated a reli­gious fes­ti­val. A fire­work landed in a house where py­rotech­nic ma­te­rial was be­ing stored, caus­ing an ex­plo­sion which brought down the roof. MI­LAN: For­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama says he is con­fi­dent that the US would keep mov­ing “in the right di­rec­tion” on cli­mate change, al­though the process might slow down un­der the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion. Speak­ing at a food in­dus­try con­fer­ence he said the US and China needed to lead the way. MANAGUA: A pas­tor and sev­eral fol­low­ers were sen­tenced on Tues­day to 30 years in prison for a fa­tal ex­or­cism in a re­mote part of Nicaragua in which a woman was thrown naked onto a fire. Pas­tor Juan Rocha, 23, and four oth­ers re­ceived the max­i­mum 30-year term for mur­der­ing the vic­tim, 25-year-old mother-oftwo Vilma Tru­jillo. Rocha be­longs to a group known as the As­sem­blies of God. PAT­TANI: Sus­pected in­sur­gents det­o­nated a car bomb on Tues­day out­side a busy shop­ping cen­tre in south­ern Thai­land, wound­ing more than 50 peo­ple in a huge blast that ripped the build­ing apart and sent peo­ple run­ning for their lives. Mus­lim sep­a­ratists have waged a bloody in­sur­gency for years in Thai­land’s three south­ern­most prov­inces

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