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Inside a day of violence, terror in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — It started with threats, taunting and racial slurs, and escalated to total pandemonium — hand-to-hand combat in the streets of Charlottesville. White nationalists and counter-demonstrators threw punches, screamed, set off smoke bombs. They hurled water bottles, balloons of paint, containers full of urine. They unleashed chemical sprays. Some waved Confederate flags. Others burned them. I watched, ... Read More »

Burials for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Nearly half of the 400 people known to have died in a mudslide and flooding on the outskirts of the Sierra Leone capital Freetown have already been buried, health officials say. The government had said mass burials would be postponed until Thursday to allow relatives to identify victims. But the chief pathologist of Freetown told the BBC that some interments ... Read More »

Trump adviser Steve Bannon dubs white nationalists ‘clowns’

The chief White House strategist Steve Bannon has attacked white nationalists as “clowns” as the fallout from violent protests in Charlottesville continues. Mr Bannon once headed the far-right Breitbart News, seen as both a major channel for nationalism and key in helping Donald Trump win election. But he told The American Prospect: “Ethno-nationalism – it’s losers”. Questions surround Mr Bannon’s ... Read More »

Alleged driver of car that plowed into Charlottesville crowd was a Nazi sympathizer, former teacher says

CHARLOTTESVILLE — A man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of activists here — killing one person and injuring 19 — long sympathized with Nazi views and had stood with a group of white supremacists hours before Saturday’s bloody crash. The alleged driver, James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old who traveled to Virginia from Ohio, had espoused extremist ... Read More »

Charlottesville: White House defends Trump response

The White House has defended President Donald Trump’s reaction to deadly violence over a white supremacist rally in Virginia, amid criticism he did not explicitly condemn far-right groups. But a spokesman said his condemnation included white supremacists. A woman was killed on Saturday when a car rammed into a crowd protesting against the rally in Charlottesville. Separately, a rally organiser ... Read More »

Burkina Faso restaurant attack ‘kills 17’

Seventeen people have been killed and eight wounded in a “terrorist attack” in the centre of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the government says. Three gunmen opened fire on customers seated outside a restaurant, witnesses were quoted as saying. Security forces killed two attackers, the authorities said, but some people are still reported to be trapped in the building. ... Read More »

Philip Hammond and Liam Fox in post-Brexit deal call

The UK will need a transition period to help businesses adjust after Brexit, the chancellor and the international trade secretary have said. In a joint Sunday Telegraph article, Philip Hammond and Liam Fox stressed any deal would not be indefinite or a “back door” to staying in the EU. Their comments are being seen as an attempt to show unity ... Read More »

A reckoning in Charlottesville

In the middle of Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on Saturday, two young women, one white and one black, took each other’s hands and held them tightly, and with their other hands they gripped the steel barrier in front of them. A few feet away, a young white man with a buzzed haircut and sunglasses leaned towards them over a facing ... Read More »

The Latest: Submarine owner held in missing woman’s death

Copenhagen police say the owner of an amateur built submarine that sank in Denmark’s water has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the disappearance of a Swedish journalist who had been a passenger on his vessel. Police said in a statement Friday night that the man has denied killing the missing woman and said he dropped her off on ... Read More »

The Latest: Report says Trump called White House a ‘dump’

President Donald Trump has told members of his New Jersey golf club that he spends so much time away from Washington because the White House is a “real dump.” The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the account, which appeared in a lengthy article posted on the website golf.com. The story on Trump’s complicated ... Read More »