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A passerby teamed up with police officers in Granite Falls, Minnesota, to help stop a runaway school bus after the driver had a medical emergency on Wednesday, July 17.According to the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, officers received multiple calls about a school bus being driven on the wrong side of the road. Witnesses reported watching the bus hit several cars westbound on Highway 212.Yellow Medicine County deputies and Granite Falls police officers found the passenger-free bus traveling on the highway near County Road 5. The bus driver failed to stop for officers and authorities said they believed the driver was suffering a medical emergency.Deputies caught up with the bus two miles west of Granite Falls. One officer passed out the bus and provided flashing emergency lights in front, while slowing the bus down by bumping it with the rear of his vehicle and applying his brakes.Another officer followed the bus from behind. When the vehicle came to a stop, a passerby, Granite Falls fireman Greg Mayer, opened the door of the bus and helped bring it to a stop.This footage posted to the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page shows the bus being driven down Highway 212 on the wrong side of the road.The clip shows officers slowing down the vehicle before Mayer jumps onto the bus and brings it to a halt.The driver, 70-year-old Brian Fuller, was transported to the Granite Falls Hospital. His condition is unknown. Credit: Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful
A Greater Manchester Police officer has died suddenly while on holiday in Scotland with his son.Father-of-three PC Shazad Saddique, 38, whose wife is pregnant with their fourth child, was in Scotland with his 13-year-old son when he passed away.They were visiting the Fairy Pools – a popular tourist attraction leading down from the Cuillin Mountain Range on the Isle of Skye.His family said he was on a “spiritual retreat” at the time.Police Scotland confirmed there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.Pc Saddique joined GMP 12 months ago and was a student officer based in the Tameside District.GMP said he enjoyed serving his local community and formed close relationships with many of his colleagues, who have described him as an outstanding individual and role model.Outside work, the officer enjoyed hiking and trekking and was heavily involved in outreach work with youths in the local community, which focused on enabling youngsters to experience outdoor activities in the countryside.Paying tribute to him, his family said: “Shaz was the most selfless person you could ever hope to meet; he always put other people first and wanted to make every new experience a fun one.“He had a real passion for the outdoors and helping others, particularly young people in the community.“Deep in his heart, he felt very strongly about youth outreach programs and getting young people out in the countryside to do fun activities.“He was sincere in his devotion and worship. He was passionate about Thikr gatherings and was devoted to the teachings and guidance of his Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoobi.“He loved nature for the very fact that it was a means for him to remember and praise his lord.“His final trip to the Isle of Skye was sincerely to gather a group and collectively praise Allah, as a spiritual retreat.“He achieved so much and we were always so proud of him. He completed marathons all over the world and did hiking challenges throughout the UK, all in the name of raising money for charity.“He loved his family more than anything; he was a supporting figure and a role model for his siblings. He was the best dad, and his wife and kids were his absolute world.“It has been clear for us to see today, how much he meant to so many people and how many hearts he touched. The outpouring of support for the family has been huge and for that we want to thank everyone.“We will miss you dearly bhai Shazad, but you will never be forgotten.”Chief Superintendent Neil Evans, GMP’s Territorial Commander for Tameside, said: “Today is a very sad day for Greater Manchester Police.“We received the update from Police Scotland last night and have since been working to provide support for Pc Saddique’s family and close colleagues at this incredibly difficult time.“I met with his family earlier today and they are understandably devastated by their loss. My thoughts and condolences are with them, and we will continue to do all that we can to support them.“Although Shazad was only with us for a short amount of time, it is clear to see the significant impact he had, not only on the public, but also on his colleagues.“I spent some time with his close colleagues this morning and listened to all the lovely words they had to say about him, and the stories they had to tell.“I think one of the main things which stood out to me, were just how much of an outstanding individual and role model he was.”Additional reporting by Press Association
An undated photograph shows La Minerve during a military exercise. Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty ImagesThe French navy has located one of its submarines that disappeared more than 50 years ago with 52 crew on board.La Minerve was discovered on the seabed in the Mediterranean off the port of Toulon.“It’s a success, a relief and a technical feat,” Florence Parly, the defence minister, tweeted. “I am thinking of the families who have waited for so long for this moment.”La Minerve was on a military exercise when it disappeared on 17 January 1968. Repeated searches have failed to find the vessel until now.Under pressure from relatives of crew members, a fresh search was launched at the beginning of this year using the latest hi-tech equipment to map and model tides and currents in the Mediterranean. Data from the time of the accident was also re-examined. This included seismic reports that suggested the submarine probably imploded as it dropped to the bottom of the sea.The crew of La Minerve in 1965. Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty ImagesA senior French naval officer told Agence France-Presse the submarine was discovered by a boat belonging to the private US company Ocean Infinity. It announced it had found La Minerve at a depth of 2,370 metres, 27 miles (45km) from Toulon, which is home to a French naval base.The cause of the accident that led to the submarine sinking in just four minutes has never been established. Families hope the wreckage will provide long-awaited answers.The son of La Minerve’s commander, André Fauve, said it was a moment of “great emotion” for the families of the submariners who perished. “Many people told me they were supporting me during the search because they didn’t want me to feel alone but they didn’t believe it would be found,” Hervé Fauve told Le Monde.François Meunier, whose brother of Marc was a quartermaster on La Minerve, said: “It’s the end of a long wait and many questions.”The submarine, which had reportedly broken into three pieces, was located by Ocean Infinity’s search ship the Seabed Constructor, which arrived off the French coast five days ago. Using underwater drones, it found the wreckage on Sunday, helped by the fact that La Minerve had sunk in an area of low sedimentation. The first three letters of the vessel’s name were clearly visible on one piece of wreckage.A photo taken in the second half of the 1960s showing La Minerve docked in Marseille. Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty ImagesInitial reports suggested the submarine may have had rudder problems before sinking. It was engaged in an exercise with a military aircraft when it disappeared at about 7.55am. The alarm was raised when it failed to return to its base the following day. About 20 boats, helicopters, aircraft and even a diving vessel used by the French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau were involved but the search was fruitless.In 2018, the Seabed Constructor found the San Juan submarine that sank in the Atlantic off the coast of Argentina.
Iran has captured 17 spies working for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and some have been sentenced to death, Iranian media reported on Monday.
The investigation into the leak of the confidential dispatches of Sir Kim Darroch, the British ambassador to Washington, is progressing faster than expected with extensive evidence being collected about a number of suspects, according to security sources.Scotland Yard’s Anti-Terrorist Branch, GCHQ and another government security agency have been involved in the investigation which is believed to have rapidly narrowed down the identity of suspects, despite Sir Kim’s emails having been made potentially available to more than a hundred people.Officials close to the inquiry believe “there was a degree of orchestration” behind the theft of emails and their subsequent publication in a newspaper, and are considering “all motives, including political ones”, they say.A 19-year-old freelance journalist has claimed in the Mail on Sunday, the newspaper which published Sir Kim’s emails, that he was a conduit for the leak. He had obtained the material, he said, while talking to civil servants for a research project.Steven Edginton works as a “digital strategist” in Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, and is also “chief digital strategist” at the Leave Means Leave group.He has contributed to Brexit Central’s website and worked for pro-leave website Westmonster, and the right-wing TaxPayers’ Alliance pressure group.Sir Kim’s dispatches were highly critical of the chaotic and dysfunctional nature of Donald Trump’s administration, and the US president’s relationship with truth.It led to a furious reaction from Mr Trump, who kept up a barrage of insults towards the ambassador for a number of days along with demands for him to be recalled from Washington.Sir Kim resigned after Boris Johnson, in a debate with Jeremy Hunt in the contest for the Conservative party leadership, repeatedly failed to offer an assurance that he would keep the ambassador in place if he became prime minister.Sir Kim had been scathingly criticised by leading Brexiters, including Mr Farage, who demanded he be replaced by someone is pro-Brexit and also sympathetic to Mr Trump.Asked about Mr Edginton and the leak, Mr Farage told The Independent: “I know him, he is a young man, a freelance and he has done what every other journalist would have done given such stuff.“I did not know his part in the leak until I read about it. He works for us, I knew he had also some other freelance activities. I can’t understand all this fuss, after all what was passed to him wasn’t a national secret, it wasn’t the nuclear codes, so I don’t see what all this is about.”Asked whether whoever stole the ambassador’s emails and passed them on should be prosecuted, Mr Farage responded: “I don’t know what the terms of his contract were, whether it was covered by the Official Secrets Act. But I think it does show how fed up many people are about the way the civil service has been politicised over Brexit, there is real anger about this. There have been plenty of leaks, I think the establishment is totally overreacting to this particular one.”Mr Johnson, after facing severe criticism, including from a huge number of Tory MPs, for failing to stand by the ambassador, declared his wish that whoever was guilty of the leak “should be run down, caught and eviscerated”.Mr Trump meanwhile, in a volte-face of the type for which he has become known, asserted later that the ambassador had said “very good things” about him and was “sort of referring to other people” when criticising the White House.Mr Edginton tweeted in April this year “after the establishment have betrayed Brexit, we are currently working on the fight back. All efforts are being made”. Another tweet said: “Ministers are simply fed documents by Remainer civil servants and without question follow their advice and order.”He insisted in his newspaper article, however, that there was no political motivation to him passing on the documents. It was, he wanted to stress, “simply an honest journalistic endeavour … As a 19-year-old freelance journalist with a passion for politics, I was looking for a big project through which to develop my career”, leading him to speak to “current and retired civil servants” and ultimately gain access to the emails.A senior security source refused to comment on Mr Edginton’s claims, saying it “did not materially change” the course of the investigation.One person, according to officials, was primarily responsible for stealing the emails and although this may have been an “opportunistic” theft, the inquiry is looking into the alleged plan involving a number of people in the way it was then disseminated.In his article, Mr Edginton said of Sir Kim’s emails: “I was shocked by the brutal language from a supposedly impartial diplomat ... Sir Kim’s comments about Trump were jaw-dropping and suggested a lack of impartiality.”But he went on to observe, rather confusingly: “Sir Kim was simply articulating what many in Washington and Whitehall have said about the president and his advisers since he took office.”Mr Edginton said he did not regret “my role in the story”, although he said the furore it has generated has caused him to lose weight and struggle to get to sleep. He was now “suspicious of everything”, recounting how “last week I was eating my lunch near the Houses of Parliament when I spotted a middle-aged man dressed as a tourist taking pictures of me. He then furtively ducked behind a tree before, I think, getting into a white van. Was it the security services? Am I being followed? I will probably never know...”According to pressure group Hope not Hate, Mr Edginton has been associated with right-wing group Turning Point UK (TPUK), a pro-Trump organisation in America which has been endorsed by a number of Brexiteers, including Priti Patel and Jacob Rees-Mogg.However, another major pro-Brexit figure, Aaron Banks, described a leading member of TPUK, John Mappin of jewellery family Mappin & Webb, as “a total fruit loop”.Mr Banks, who, it was recently alleged, was providing Mr Farage with a furnished Chelsea home, a car and driver, and money to promote him in America, claimed in his book Bad Boys of Brexit Mr Mappin had told him “he’s trying to launch a super-powered brain-control system that requires delivery facilities in 50 languages in every major city”.Mr Mappin, a scientologist, had made Facebook postings about “a new breakthrough in scientific and SPIRITUAL TECHNOLOGY” made by the movement’s founder, L Ron Hubbard.
Boris Johnson has said solving the Irish border problem requires Britain toharness the spirit of the moon landing
How can I stop my husband holding court at parties? My husband and I used to be extremely sociable: we went out a lot, and kept an open house. Friends used to visit us almost every weekend. That has changed in the course of time.
India's space agency says it has launched an unmanned spacecraft to the far side of the moon, a week after aborting the mission due to a technical problem.
One of Liam Fox’s trade envoys has quit in protest that the government’s no-deal Brexit policy threatens the demise of an existing trade deal with Canada worth £800m.Andrew Percy attacked the “cack-handed” move to scrap or slash tariffs on almost all imports if the UK crashes out of the EU – blaming it for Ottawa’s refusal to “roll over” its existing deal with the EU.The Conservative MP felt “patronised” by the international trade secretary when he warned him the announcement would backfire, The Independent understands, walking away after almost two years in the Canada role.The resignation is major embarrassment for Mr Fox, who has pledged to “replicate” all 40 trade agreements the UK enjoys as an EU member, to avoid any “disruption of trade” if Brexit goes ahead.The controversy will also dog Boris Johnson if he wins the Tory leadership race and carries out his threat of a no-deal Brexit.An ally of Mr Percy told The Independent: “Andrew warned them back in March, as soon as the UK’s no-deal tariffs were published, that it would mean the Canadians would not go for rolling over the Ceta [Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement] deal.“He could see they were getting 95 per cent of what they wanted if a no-deal happened, that the tariffs were better than what is in Ceta – so why would they rush to sign up to what the UK wanted?“He said it was such a cack-handed approach, but he was patronised by a couple of ministers – including Liam Fox – and told that everything was going to be fine.”It was revealed at the start of July that Canada was resisting the UK’s pressure to carry over the Ceta, one of the biggest of the 40 deals.It was immediately seen as a major blow to Britain’s hopes of avoiding damage to trade with the key market if – as Mr Johnson has threatened – there is a crash-out Brexit on 31 October.A study for the government found that losing the Ceta deal would deliver an £800m blow to GDP by 2030, both from direct trade lost and from “diversion” to the EU – which would still have the agreement.Canada made clear its resistance to a rollover after the UK announced, in March, that tariffs would be axed “temporarily” on 87 per cent of imports, after a no-deal Brexit.The move was designed to stop shoppers being hit by soaraway prices, but the threat to UK jobs from undercutting was branded “a sledgehammer for our economy” by the CBI.Canada’s government noted the proposal would “provide all WTO [World Trade Organisation] partners, including Canada, with duty-free access for 95 per cent of tariff lines”.And a spokesperson warned: “Post-Brexit, any future trade arrangement between Canada and the UK would be influenced by the terms of the withdrawal agreed between the UK and the EU, as well as any unilateral UK approaches.”Barry Gardiner, Labour’s shadow trade secretary, warned the episode exposed the “ideological bluster” behind Mr Fox’s approach to trade policy.“He has now been proven to have less understanding of how international trade works than one of his own backbenchers,” Mr Gardiner said.“Andrew Percy’s resignation, claiming he was patronised and ignored when he was clearly ‘telling it like it is’, is sadly typical of the arrogance Liam Fox displays to everyone who disagrees with him.”Mr Percy declined to go into detail about the reasons for his resignation, but said he had concluded there was no longer “any value” in carrying on.He was appointed as Theresa May opened Ceta talks with Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, on a visit in 2017, having lived and taught in the country.The MP for Brigg and Goole, in Yorkshire, said: “I really enjoyed the role, but I don’t believe a new prime minister should inherit people in a role like that – it should be for them to decide if they want people to continue.“Secondly, for various reasons, I don’t think I was adding any value over the last six or nine months, so I didn’t see any point in keeping the post for the sake of it.”The friend of the ex-envoy said, of his warnings to Mr Fox: “He was told ‘we know how to do trade deals’, but how do we know when the UK hasn’t done one for 40 years? “In contrast, Canada has negotiated a trade deal with the EU and the US. These are the people who know how to do trade negotiations.”Mr Fox has hailed the importance of the 27 envoys, appointing two more in recent days to “support the UK’s ambitious trade and investment agenda in global markets”.A Department for International Trade spokesperson declined to comment on a “political resignation”, but said: “The UK and Canadian prime ministers agreed to ensure a seamless transition of Ceta and we remain committed to doing so.“We are continuing to work on securing continuity with other countries. Last month, we agreed in principle to transition our agreement with Korea and a continuity trade agreement was signed with six Central American countries.“Once the Korea agreement is signed, we will have agreements with countries covering 64 per cent of our trade for which we are seeking continuity.”
A man in his 30s has been stabbed in a daylight attack on a busy north London road, police said.Police and the London Ambulance Service rushed to Camden High Street at about 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon.The man had been stabbed in his shoulder during the violent attack, a spokeswoman for the force said.He is not in a life-threatening condition. The spokeswoman said: “The victim, a man in his 30s, was treated by LAS at the scene and has been taken to hospital with a stab wound to the shoulder."A search of the area was carried out by officers and a knife has been recovered by police. There have been no arrests at this early stage."There is a road closure in place between Camden High Road and Greenland Road, in the direction of Kentish Town."Enquiries will be ongoing and a cordon will remain in place for a number of hours."Anyone with information is asked to speak to officers at scene, or call us on 101, quoting CAD reference 4311 of 21 July.
Border force officers are resorting to using hand signals to communicate with suspects after being banned from using Google Translate, a watchdog report has revealed.
Historic steam trains - like the "Harry Potter" Jacobite Express in Scotland - could be forced off the tracks unless they fork out millions to comply with tough new health and safety laws, a railway boss has warned.