FORT WORTH, Texas — Nearly two weeks after 44-year-old British national Malik Faisal Akram took a Colleyville synagogue hostage for nearly 11 hours, the Department of Justice announced that a man has been charged with selling the hostage-taker a gun. Henry “Michael” Williams, 32, is accused of selling Akram a semi-automatic Taurus G2C pistol on Jan. 13, just two days before the synagogue standoff that the FBI is investigating as an act of terrorism. The weapon was recovered at the scene after federal law enforcement fatally shot Akram, authorities said. Williams was first interviewed the day a...
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A central claim in an upcoming book from former White House aide Kellyanne Conway has members of Team Trump issuing denials, The Daily Beast reports.
According to Conway, Trump considered quitting the 2016 presidential race after the notorious Access Hollywood tape surfaced, which featured him bragging about allegedly sexually assaulting women.
“This is totally false,” Trump’s chief spokesperson Liz Harrington told The Daily Beast.
In her book Here’s the Deal, Conway claims the fallout from the video prompted Trump to ask her, “Should I get out [of the race]?” and pondered: “‘Will I lose? Will we lose? Can we still win?”
Conway says in her book that she convinced Trump to stay in the race. "I know you don’t like to lose,” she told him at the time, “but I also know you don’t like to quit.”
The risk of monkeypox spreading widely among the general population is very low and transmission can be stopped outside endemic countries in Central and West Africa, health officials said Monday, after cases exploded this month in Europe and North America.Fewer than 200 confirmed and suspected cases had been recorded since early May in Australia, Europe and North America, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, sparking fears over the spread of the disease.
Although monkeypox has been known for 40 years, WHO said it was the first time there had been several cases across many countries simultaneously and among people who had not travelled to the endemic regions in Africa.
But the UN agency said the outbreaks in non-endemic countries could be brought under control and human-to-human transmission of monkeypox stopped.
The EU's European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) also played down fears of a spread among the wider public.
Monkeypox, which is not usually fatal, can cause a fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion and a chickenpox-like rash on the hands and face.
The virus can be transmitted through contact with skin lesions or droplets of bodily fluid from an infected person.
No treatment exists, but the symptoms usually clear up after two to four weeks. The disease is considered endemic in 11 African nations.
US President Joe Biden insisted Monday "extra efforts" would not be needed to prevent the spread.
"This is a containable situation, particularly in the countries where we are seeing these outbreaks that are happening across Europe, in North America as well," the WHO's emerging disease lead Maria Van Kerkhove said Monday via the UN health agency's social media channels.
"We want to stop human-to-human transmission. We can do this in the non-endemic countries," she said.
Meanwhile, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) director, Andrea Ammon, said most of the cases had mild symptoms.
"For the broader population, the likelihood of spread is very low," Ammon added in a statement.
"However, the likelihood of further spread of the virus through close contact, for example during sexual activities among persons with multiple sexual partners, is considered to be high," she said.
Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said it was important to "remain vigilant" despite the low risk, ensuring contact tracing and adequate diagnostics capacity.
The agency also pointed to the risk of "human-to-animal transmission", and said if the virus is spread to animals "there is a risk that the disease could become endemic in Europe".
Jared Kushner, Donald's Trump son-in-law, and former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin collectively raised $3.5 billion from the Middle East shortly after leaving the Trump administration, presenting potential conflicts of interest given that both men cultivated diplomatic relations with Middle Eastern leaders during their time in government.
According to The New York Times, Mnuchin collected $1.5 billion from the Emiratis, Kuwaitis and Qataris within three months of his exit from the Trump administration. Kushner, a former senior advisor to Trump, likewise raised $2 billion from the Saudi government during a six-month period after his tenure was complete.
The investments, which both men raised for their respective private investment firms, appear to stem from relationships developed while Kushner and Mnuchin were touring around the Middle East to finance the Abraham Fund, a $3 billion fund designed to promote economic cooperation and development between the U.S., the UAE, and Israel. The fund ultimately disintegrated, but shortly after Kushner and Mnuchin left office, "each quickly launched a private fund that in some ways picked up where the Abraham Fund had ended," the Times reported.
A number of ethics experts have expressed concerns about the possibility that Kushner and Mnuchin were developing business relationships with Middle Eastern leaders in anticipation of their transition to the private sector.
Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, told the Times that both men's business ventures pose potential conflicts of interest.
When it comes to Kushner, she said, "the reason this smells so bad is that there is all sorts of evidence he did not receive this on the merits."
Back in April, the Times reported that Kushner's was able to raise millions from the Saudi Public Investment Fund even though the fund's panel members expressed doubt over the former Trump aide's investment experience as well as his high fees. Others saw a significant "public relations" risk in light of Kushner's relationship with Trump.
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According to the Times, Mnuchin made over eighteen visits to various Persian Gulf monarchies during his tenure as Treasury secretary, developing relationships with Yasir al-Rumayyan, chief of the Saudi fund; Mansoor bin Ibrahim al-Mahmoud; Mansoor bin Ibrahim al-Mahmoud, the head of the Qatar Investment Authority; Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayedm, president of the UAE, and Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince.
Kushner, meanwhile, made at least ten trips to the Persian Gulf, reportedly fostering a close partnership with bin Salman, even after the government's agents were accused of killing former Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Both Kushner and Mnuchin have hired former aides, many of whom worked on the Abraham Accords, to work with them in the private sector.
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