US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday laid flowers at a kebab shop and a synagogue in Germany targeted in last month’s fatal shooting by a far-right gunman.
Accompanied by Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, he left flowers outside the kebab shop, adding to a sea of bouquets and candles there, and exchanged a few words with the owner.
Deploring the scourge of anti-Semitism, Pompeo also visited the synagogue where he met with members of the Jewish community.
The suspect in the attack, 27-year-old German Stephan Balliet, had sought to storm the synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle on Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar.
When he failed, he shot dead a female passerby outside the synagogue, and later gunned down a man in the kebab shop a short distance away.
Police subsequently captured the Halle suspect after a gun battle that left him wounded.
America’s top diplomat is on a two-day tour of Germany ahead of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
On Thursday, he was in Leipzig meeting with demonstrators from the 1989 peaceful revolution that brought the communist regime down, and will on Friday give a speech in the German capital.
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Hillary Clinton rips Trump as ‘such an insecure man’ for refusing to wear a coronavirus mask in public
On Thursday, former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton joined former Vice President Joe Biden's virtual town hall — and offered a few choice words against President Donald Trump.
Clinton in particular scorned Trump for refusing to wear a mask in public, when his own administration recommends it as a COVID-19 precaution. "He’s such an insecure man," said Clinton. "He thinks it will make him less than he believes he is."
Clinton also slammed Trump and the GOP's crusade against mail-in voting.
"Trump and the Republicans will do everything they can to prevent people from voting," she said. "That’s why they are against vote by mail. That’s why they passed these ridiculous laws to try to limit the electorate."
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On Thursday, President Donald Trump attacked Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) as disloyal in the wake of her public criticism, emphasizing all the money he gave her state and saying he would back any candidate opposing her "good or bad."
Commenters on social media promptly deluged the president in mockery for his threat.
"Unrelated", except that you gave Alaska all that money when she voted NOT to impeach you.
Raised fist in Canada may be one of the largest acts of solidarity with US protests against police violence
With protests against police violence gripping cities across America, multiple actions of solidarity have come from abroad.
A pilot in Canada took to the skies on Thursday for a large-scale act of solidarity.
The airplane tracking website FlightAware captured radar of the planes journey as a pilot drew a giant raised fist while flying over 150 MPH with an altitude that stayed under 1,500.
[caption id="attachment_1631392" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Plane with the tail number CGZPT drawing a raised fist in the air while flying above Halifax, Canada. [/caption]