The Latest: Trump orders US flags flown at half-staff
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff to honor those killed in the mass shooting at a Texas church.
Trump, who is in the midst of a lengthy tour of Asia, issued a proclamation late Sunday ordering that American flags flown at the White House, all public buildings and grounds, and military posts be flown at half-staff through sunset on Thursday.
Authorities say 26 people were killed and about 20 others were wounded Sunday after a man opened fire inside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.
Officials identified the gunman to The Associated Press as Devin Kelley.
The Latest: Abe offers condolences after Texas shooting
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s leader is offering his condolences after a mass shooting at a Texas church.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH’-bay) said Monday that he would like to express “our sincerest solidarity with the American people at this difficult time.” He spoke to reporters ahead of a summit meeting in Tokyo with President Donald Trump.
Authorities say 26 people were killed and about 20 others wounded in the attack in Sutherland Springs.
Abe said that he and Trump would discuss various international issues, starting with North Korea. He said he hopes that the talks will show the world that the U.S.-Japan alliance is solid. He did not take any questions.
SAUDI ARABIA-THE LATEST
The Latest: Saudi crown prince shocks kingdom with arrests
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s heir to the throne is overseeing an unprecedented wave of arrests of dozens of the country’s most powerful princes, military officers, influential businessmen and government ministers. Some of them are potential rivals or critics of the crown prince, whose purported anti-corruption sweep sent shockwaves across the kingdom Sunday as he further consolidated power.
Among those taken into custody overnight Saturday were billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world’s richest men with extensive holdings in Western companies, as well as two of the late King Abdullah’s sons.
The arrest of senior princes upends a longstanding tradition among the ruling Al Saud family to keep their disagreements private in an effort to show strength and unity in the face of Saudi Arabia’s many tribes and factions. It also sends a message that the crown prince has the full backing of his father, King Salman, to carry out sweeping anti-corruption reforms targeting senior royals and their business associates, who have long been seen as operating above the law.
The Latest: Saudi coalition warns Iran over missile launch
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi Arabia is blaming Iran for Yemen Shiite rebels launching a ballistic missile at its capital, Riyadh, warning it could be “considered as an act of war.”
That’s according to a statement early Monday from the Saudi-led coalition now battling Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies in Yemen on behalf of its internationally recognized government.
The statement said: “Iran’s role and its direct command of its Houthi proxy in this matter constitutes a clear act of aggression that targets neighboring countries, and threatens peace and security in the region and globally. Therefore, the coalition’s command considers this a blatant act of military aggression by the Iranian regime, and could rise to be considered as an act of war against the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
The statement adds: “The coalition command also affirms that the Kingdom reserves its right to respond to Iran in the appropriate time and manner.”
Iran has backed the Houthi rebels, but denies arming them. There was no immediate response from Iran over the Saudi threat.
PAUL ASSAULTED-THE LATEST
The Latest: APNewsBreak: Paul recovering from 5 broken ribs
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A senior adviser for Rand Paul says the U.S. senator is recovering from five broken ribs following an assault at his home.
Doug Stafford said it is unclear when Paul will return to work since he is in considerable pain and has difficulty getting around, including flying. Stafford said Sunday that the broken ribs include three displaced fractures, which can lead to life-threatening injuries. The severe pain can last for weeks or months.
Police arrested 59-year-old Rene Boucher on Saturday and charged him with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault with a minor injury. Boucher is accused of attacking Paul on Friday, but officials have not released a motive.
Boucher lives next door to Paul and his wife, according to Warren County property records.
Boucher was released from jail on Saturday. He has not returned a call seeking comment.
COMMERCE SECRETARY-RUSSIAN GAS SHIPMENTS
Report: Commerce head has stake in firm tied to Putin orbit
NEW YORK (AP) — Newly leaked documents show that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has a stake in a shipping company that does business with a gas producer partly owned by the son-in-law of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The group of journalists behind the Panama Papers reports that leaked records show Ross has a stake in Navigator Holdings. Navigator got 8 percent of its revenue last year shipping gas from Sibur.
Sibur was once more than 20 percent owned by Putin’s son-in law.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is reporting on a leak of 13.4 million records of offshore entities in tax havens.
The group quotes a Commerce Department spokesman as saying that Ross joined the Navigator board only after it began its Sibur shipments and that he abides by the “highest ethical standards.”
The Latest: DNC chief feuds with predecessor as party chief
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former interim Democratic chair Donna Brazile is feuding with current party chairman Tom Perez. The battle is reopening wounds left by the 2016 primary elections and Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign. The dispute is further exposing deep divisions two days before a key governor’s race in Virginia that could foreshadow Democratic prospects in 2018 and beyond.
Democratic National Committee chairman Perez is questioning his predecessor’s claim that she could have initiated efforts to replace Hillary Clinton as the party’s presidential nominee with then-Vice President Joe Biden.
Tom Perez says it’s “quite frankly ludicrous” to suggest Clinton was ever incapacitated in way that would have allowed Donna Brazile — under DNC rules — to start a process to replace Clinton last year.
The Latest: Catalan 5 cannot leave Belgium before ruling
BRUSSELS (AP) — Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four close allies have been conditionally released by Belgian authorities but cannot leave Belgium without prior consent.
The five were heard by an investigative judge Sunday afternoon and evening after they voluntarily turned themselves in to authorities, only days after Spain had issued a European arrest warrant.
A statement from the prosecutor’s office says they must stay in Belgium and tell authorities where they will reside. They also must attend in person all court hearings and “comply will all summons made by judicial or police authorities.”
The five will have to appear in court where the full grounds of Spain’s request for their extradition will be ruled on. Any decision there can be appealed.
WEEK 9-THE LATEST
The Latest: Dolphins’ Cutler completes his first 16 passes
Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler, back after missing one game with cracked ribs, completed his first 16 passes against the Oakland Raiders.
Cutler finally threw an incompletion late in the first half. The Dolphins struggled to run the ball and trailed 13-9 at halftime.
Cutler was 16 for 17 for 141 yards and a touchdown.
— AP Sports Writer Steven Wine reporting from Miami Gardens, Florida
BIKE PATH ATTACK
Investigators scour past of man charged in NYC terror attack
NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of killing eight people in a truck attack in lower Manhattan has been described as a “lone wolf” terrorist but investigators are continuing to make sure he acted alone.
Counterterrorism experts say the investigators will want to see if anyone encouraged Sayfullo Saipov’s plans for violence in any way. Authorities can compare the information to intelligence databases with names and other information agencies have gathered.
The 29-year-old is accused of using a rental truck to mow down cyclists and pedestrians on a bike path Tuesday. A criminal complaint says the Uzbek immigrant made statements about his allegiance to the Islamic State group, which later took credit for the attack.
The complaint also described how a search of two cellphones has already much evidence against the defendant.
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