Texas shooter was able to buy guns because of a database error
The US air force reportedly failed to log Devin Kelley’s domestic-violence charges into the national database, meaning he could buy guns despite being officially barred from owning firearms. Kelley – who shot and killed 26 people in a Texan church on Sunday – was previously court-martialled for attacking his wife and child while serving in the Air Force. An investigation is underway to uncover why the crimes weren’t recorded, and how Kelley was able to buy a gun after being denied a permit by the state of Texas.
Boris Johnson to contact Iran over comments about the jailing of a British woman
Foreign secretary Boris Johnson is set to call Iran’s foreign minister today, to clarify comments he made about the country’s detention of a British woman. Last week, Johnson claimed that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was training journalists in Iran, a comment that officials have used to justify lengthening her detention for “propaganda against the regime”. Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s employer and family deny she was training journalists and her husband has called for Johnson to make a speech in the Commons to retract his claim. The shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, has said Johnson should resign if his comments result in an extended sentence for Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Donald Trump arrives in South Korea to discuss the North
President Donald Trump has landed in South Korea this morning, with the view of discussing North Korea’s nuclear-missile testing. Trump will spend just 24 hours in the country as part of his five-day tour of Asia, and will spend the time meeting President Moon Jae-in to discuss what to do in the wake of the North’s recent nuclear missiles. Yesterday, the president said that, with the help of the US, Japan could shoot down missiles fired from Pyongyang.
Weinstein hired an “army of spies” to protect himself from rape claims
Harvey Weinstein reportedly hired private investigators and ex-Mossad agents to suppress rape and sexual-harassment claims against him. The story, which is reported in The New Yorker by the journalist who broke the Weinstein scandal, Ronan Farrow, claims Weinstein ordered spies to follow and investigate actresses who may accuse the producer of rape for over a year. Farrow also claims Weinstein hired investigators to keep an eye on journalists such as Farrow, in case they reported on the allegations.
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More named in Paradise Papers leak
More high-profile people and businesses have been named in the Paradise Papers leak, including Apple and Nike, who are accused of utilising offshore accounts to reduce their global tax. According to the leaked documents, Apple avoided a tax crackdown in Ireland in 2013 by moving accounts to Jersey in the Channel Islands. Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and lead singer of U2 Bono have also been named in the Paradise Papers for their use of offshore accounts and investments to avoid tax.