Zimbabwean president and infamous dictator Robert Mugabe reportedly name-dropped Donald Trump when U.S. lawmakers pressed him on his alleged human rights violations. During an interview with Politico, Delaware Senator Chris Coons revisited a recent conversation with Mugabe, during which he raised the issue of U.S. sanctions on Zimbabwe for Mugabe's human-rights infractions.
"This produced a very awkward silence," Coons recalled, after which, Mugabe reportedly told him, "What about that Donald Trump, huh? Once he's your president, you'll wish you'd been friendlier to me."
Mugabe's meaning—whether he meant Trump would be friendlier to a Zimbabwean dictator, or that the U.S. would suffer under Trump—remains unclear.
North Korean media on Saturday said a high-ranking delegation has set off for Rio de Janeiro for the upcoming Olympic Games. The delegation is led by a top aide to Kim Jong Un, Choe Ryong Hae, the vice chairman of the State Affairs Commission. The Korean Central News Agency reported only that the delegation had left Pyongyang, but did not say how long they would be in Rio. Choe Ryong Hae's participation has raised eyebrows about possible diplomatic talks with other countries at the games, as the aide once considered the second in command has been known to take part in high-level talks with other nations. North Korea has reportedly sent 30 of its athletes to the games as well.
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney thinks Donald Trump has a shot at the presidency. “To be honest, it’s very possible in my view that Trump wins,” Romney said in an interview with Free Radio GOP earlier this month. “I wouldn’t think it’d be by a landslide, but I think he could win. I think he could lose, I think he could lose by a landslide. But, I don’t know which it’s going to be and a lot of that depends on what happens to Hillary Clinton." Romney has previously announced that he will not endorse Trump's presidential bid.
Donald Trump told supporters Friday in Colorado that he is “starting to agree” with the “Lock Her Up" chants frequently directed at Hillary Clinton. “We’re running against a person that was just accused of being negligent, of being others, and of lying, lying,” Trump said during the rally in Colorado Springs. “How do you lie to the FBI and now you’re running for president?” he shouted, prompting “Lock Her Up” cheers from the crowd. Trump smirked as the crowd grew louder, before declaring: “I’ve been saying 'Let’s just beat her on November 8th,’ but you know what, I’m starting to agree with you.”
Trump also rehashed and doubled down on some of his most controversial comments from the primary season, including claiming his false claim that “thousands” of Arabs were seen celebrating the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey. The GOP nominee also blamed the media for controversies surrounding his saying that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever," and his imitating a New York Times reporter’s physical disability. “At the time, I did the act. I did the whole thing with the groveling,” Trump said of a speech in which he appeared to mock reporter Serge Kovaleski’s disability. “I didn't know he was disabled.”
A poll released Friday put Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the lead by 6 percentage points in the race against Republican Donald Trump. The poll, by Reuters/Ipsos, found that Clinton had the support of 41 percent of likely voters, compared to 35 percent for Trump. The findings, from a poll conducted from July 25-29, come after Clinton gave a landmark speech on Thursday night after accepting the Democratic presidential nomination -- the first nomination of a woman by a major party in the U.S.
A party in a small town in Washington erupted into gunfire early Saturday morning, leaving three dead and one injured. Witnesses say a man walked into the party in Mukilteo, about 30 miles from Seattle, and began firing at people. The suspected shooter initially fled the scene but was later caught by state troopers in a neighboring county, police said. The identity of the shooter has not yet been released, and the motive is unclear at this time. Police say they've set up a meeting point at a nearby church for family and friends of the victims. Witnesses described a scene of chaos, with the grandmother of one of the party guests saying her granddaughter called saying "that she was hiding; that there had been a shooting and that two of her friends were shot and she was shot at," Susan Gemmer told local media. The mayor of Mukilteo, Jennifer Gregerson, lamented the news early Saturday, saying Chennault had "suffered a great loss." "Tonight our community has been shaken to the core," she said. Police from neighboring counties have joined the investigation into the shooting, including the Washington State Patrol. The identities of the three victims have not yet been released.
Residents of a Melbourne suburb are seeking to have an "offensive" street mural of Hillary Clinton removed, The mural, located on the wall of a business in the suburb of Footscray, shows the presidential nominee in a barely there stars-and-stripes swimsuit, with a wad of cash tucked into the side. Members of the local council have demanded that it be taken down due to its "depiction of a near-naked woman, not on the basis of disrespect to Hillary Clinton, in accordance with the Graffiti Prevention Act 2007," Australian media reported, citing council head Stephen Wall. The artist of the mural, Lushsux, has hit back by saying the mural is no more offensive than a deodorant ad, adding that he might "paint a big mural of Trump in similar style" soon.
Hillary Clinton's campaign was hacked in a series of attacks on Democrat networks, sources tell Reuters. The hack follows two other attacks on the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Reuters reports that the attacks on Clinton's campaign were part of the same "broad cyber attack on Democratic political organizations." U.S. intelligence organizations have concluded that the Russian government was likely involved in the DNC hack, although no perpetrators have been officially named. It is unclear what the hackers accessed in the attack on the Clinton campaign. “The FBI is aware of media reporting on cyber intrusions involving multiple political entities, and is working to determine the accuracy, nature and scope of these matters,” said U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Marc Raimondi.
In a statement, the Clinton campaign appeared to downplay a hack. "An analytics data program maintained by the DNC, and used by our campaign and a number of other entities, was accessed as part of the DNC hack. Our campaign computer system has been under review by outside cyber security experts. To date, they have found no evidence that our internal systems have been compromised," Clinton spokesperson Nick Merrill said on Friday.
Former Miami Dolphins linebacker Antonio Armstrong and his wife were killed at their Houston home on Friday. Police say the couple's 16-year-old son has been charged for the murder. The couple's other two other children were home at the time of the incident but were unharmed. Armstrong, who also played for Texas A&M, was shot in the head and transported to the hospital, where he later died. His wife, Daun Armstrong, died at the scene. Police found the couple at around 2 a.m. on Friday morning, they said. It was not immediately clear what the motive was for the murder. Local media cited a cousin of Daun Armstrong as saying: "There was nothing that even could possibly have justified this situation. This doesn’t even make sense.”
Late-night raids in Belgium on Friday led to the arrest of two men who were allegedly planning a terrorist attack, Belgian police say. The suspects, identified only as Noureddine H. and Hamza H., were taken into custody after searches in the French-speaking neighborhoods of Mons and Liege in Brussels. No details on the men's plans have been released, and it is not clear how many attacks were planned and were. But police said no weapons or explosives were uncovered in the raids. Belgium has been on heightened alert after an attack on the Brussels airport and metro in March left 32 people dead. Belgium is considered an epicenter of jihadist recruits, with the country's interior ministry saying at least 457 have either tried to join or joined jihadists fighting in the Middle East.