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Venice moves to limit cruise ships in city center after June collision, near-miss in July

Venice moves to limit cruise ships in city center after June collision, near-miss in JulyStarting in September, some cruise ships will be redirected to dock at other terminals in the Venetian Lagoon. Five were hurt during a June collision.



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YouTube engineer on LSD-fuelled 4th July rampage leaves eight people hurt

YouTube engineer on LSD-fuelled 4th July rampage leaves eight people hurtA YouTube software engineer has been charged with multiple counts of attempted murder after taking LSD and ramming a stolen truck into strangers, according to police in northern California.Betai Koffi, 32, hurt eight people during a violent rampage after becoming “delusional” on the hallucinogenic drug, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said.Sergeant Spencer Crum said the tech worker initially lashed out at friends during Fourth of July celebrations at a rented home in Bodega Bay. Mr Koffi allegedly punched a woman in the chest, stabbed a man with a pencil, choked another man, and then punched a third man in the face.After driving off from the party in a rented car at about 8pm, the San Francisco resident is said to have stabbed a security guard in the chest with the sharp end of a garden light.Mr Koffi then stole the security guard’s truck and drove into pedestrians out walking in the Pacific coast town, hitting three people and causing significant injuries to two women, police said.The frenzy finally came to an end when a sheriff’s deputy shot Koffi through the windscreen of the vehicle, leaving him critically wounded.“Koffi and the first woman hit by the truck were flown by helicopters to nearby hospitals and treated for their injuries,” said Mr Crum in a statement. “The woman received significant injuries that are not expected to be life threatening.”The police sergeant added: “The security guard and second woman hit by the truck were transported to a local hospital by ground ambulance and are expected to survive their injuries. Koffi received major injuries and is currently in critical condition.”The 32-year-old was identified by his LinkedIn profile as a YouTube software engineer.Mr Crum said he initially took two doses of acid around noon on 4 July."At approximately 3pm Koffi became delusional around the home while his friends tried to keep him calm,” said the police sergeant said.He added: “Between 4pm and 5pm, he took two more doses of LSD. Shortly before 8pm Koffi wanted to leave but his friends tried to stop him.”He is under arrest in hospital on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and one charge of carjacking.“Koffi’s friends at the rented home were able to treat their own injuries and did not require hospitalisation,” said Mr Crum.Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office identified the police deputy who shot the suspect as Jason Pasero. Police said the officer fired at Mr Koffi after he accelerated towards two patrol cars.The sheriff’s office is investigating the alleged assaults and events leading up to the shooting, while Santa Rosa Police and the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting.



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Russian State-Run Media Mocked President Trump's July 4 'Salute to America'

Russian State-Run Media Mocked President Trump's July 4 'Salute to America'They said military machinery was held together with "adhesive tape" and covered with "peeling paint"



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The Latest: Police cite protesters blocking July 4th parade

The Latest: Police cite protesters blocking July 4th paradeSeveral dozen members of a group protesting treatment of migrants and asylum seekers have been cited after briefly interrupting a Fourth of July parade in Philadelphia. Police say about 300 people had marched to the Independence Mall area Thursday, within sight of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, after demonstrating outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency headquarters.



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Trump blames rain and teleprompter for his July 4 speech gaffe

Trump blames rain and teleprompter for his July 4 speech gaffePresident Trump on Friday blamed inclement weather and a malfunctioning teleprompter for his odd riff on air travel during the American Revolution.



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Trump news: President’s ‘embarrassing mess’ parade speech widely mocked, amid arrests over July 4 fights between MAGA fans and left-wing activists

Trump news: President’s ‘embarrassing mess’ parade speech widely mocked, amid arrests over July 4 fights between MAGA fans and left-wing activistsDonald Trump delivered his controversial ”Salute to America” address in Washington, DC, on Thursday amid hammering summer storms, his speech managing to avoid partisan politics but marred by an extraordinary gaffe in which he claimed the 1775 revolutionary army “took over the airports”.The president also promised to “plant a US flag on Mars” and encouraged young Americans to sign up for military service, despite receiving no fewer than five deferments himself preventing him from serving in the Vietnam War.While the event featured the Air Force flypast and spectacular fireworks display Mr Trump had promised, it was also defined by an unseemly brawl breaking out between protesters and members of the alt-right militant group Proud Boys after the former set fire to the stars-and-stripes in front of the White House.The president meanwhile saidon Friday he may issue an executive order over his 2020 Census demands. The US Constitution specifically assigns the job of overseeing the census to Congress, limiting the authority of the president over it, which could complicate an effort to add the question via presidential missive.“We’re working on a lot of things including an executive order,” Mr Trump told reporters outside the White House as he left for his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.In a court filing in response to a Maryland-based federal judge’s deadline, the Department of Justice indicated it has not yet come up with a new legal rationale for adding the question after being blocked in the Supreme Court on 27 June.US District Judge George Hazel said on Wednesday that if the administration did not reach a decision he would press ahead with considering allegations based on newly discovered evidence that the decision to add the question was motivated by racial bias.The Justice Department said in its court filing it objects to the case moving forward.Critics have called the citizenship question a Republican ploy to scare immigrants into not participating and engineer a population undercount in Democratic-leaning areas with high immigrant populations. They say that officials lied about their motivations for adding the question and that the move would help Trump’s fellow Republicans gain seats in the US House of Representatives and state legislatures when new electoral district boundaries are drawn.Mr Trump on Friday said the “number one” reason for adding the question was for the drawing of electoral districts, which is not the legal reason the administration gave for adding it.He and his supporters say it makes sense to know how many non-citizens are living in the country. His hard-line policies on immigration have punctuated his presidency and 2020 re-election campaign.Additional reporting by Reuters. Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load



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'Tanks' a lot: Trump 4th of July celebration wasn't first time armored vehicles rumbled into Washington

'Tanks' a lot: Trump 4th of July celebration wasn't first time armored vehicles rumbled into WashingtonFrom presidential inaugurals to military victory parades, the nation's capital has seen many occasions where tanks and other weaponry were on display.



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'Nothing America cannot do': Donald Trump touts U.S. military strength in 4th of July speech

'Nothing America cannot do': Donald Trump touts U.S. military strength in 4th of July speechPresident Donald Trump paid tribute to the military during a hot and rainy Independence Day celebration that drew crowds of supporters and protesters.



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Trump fans in violent clashes with communists after American flag burned outside White House during 4th of July celebrations

Trump fans in violent clashes with communists after American flag burned outside White House during 4th of July celebrationsTwo people have been arrested after a violent clash between Trump supporters and a group of communists following a flag burning in front of the White House yesterday.Protesters wearing t-shirts of Bob Avakian, chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, burned the American flag while chanting “America was never great” before fighting with counter-protesters wearing MAGA hats, according to USA Today.The arrests came about two hours before Donald Trump paid tribute to the US military during a speech for his “Salute to America” event for Fourth of July.The US Secret Service said one person was arrested for felony assault on a police officer and malicious burning, while the other was arrested for hindering a police investigation and resisting arrest.Some of the pro-Trump counter-protesters identified themselves as members of the Proud Boys, a far-right group whose members describe themselves as “western chauvinists”.Two uniformed Secret Service officers also suffered minor injuries while attempting to make the arrests.Although it is not illegal to burn a US flag, the Secret Service said the burning occurred beyond the limits of a permit issued by the National Park Service.One of the arrested flag burners is believed to be Gregory “Joey” Johnson, a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party who won a court case in 1989 arguing that flag burning was protected speech under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.Speaking on 3 July outside the White House, Mr Johnson said: “[The US flag] is a symbol of empire, it’s a symbol of oppression, it’s a symbol of slavery, it’s a symbol of genocide, it’s a symbol of invasion, it’s a symbol of occupation, it’s a symbol of torture. This rag of empire deserves to be burned.”Mr Trump has been accused of wasting money with the Salute to America event and politicising the Fourth of July celebration ahead of his 2020 presidential campaign.The National Park Service diverted nearly $ 2.5m (£2m) in entrance and recreation fees intended for improving parks to cover costs for the event, according to the Washington Post.However, the full cost of the event, which was open to the public free of charge, has not been revealed.Despite the clashes earlier in the day, demonstrations at the Lincoln Memorial were largely peaceful.Protesters in Washington brought out the inflatable “Trump baby blimp”, last seen during Trump protests in London, and a 16-foot tall robot depicting Mr Trump sitting on golden toilet.



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Donald Trump hails America's military might in July 4 speech amid pomp and flyovers

Donald Trump hails America's military might in July 4 speech amid pomp and flyoversDonald Trump delivered a patriotic message during his celebration of America’s Independence Day, accompanied by a full display of the country's military might.  The US president hailed an eclectic mix of the country's heroes, from the armed forces to its pioneers in space as well as civil rights activists.  He largely stuck to his script, delivered from a teleprompter in a rainy Washington DC, steering clear of political rhetoric promoting his re-election campaign. Attendees were treated to flyovers by Coast Guard helicopters, Air Force F-22 fighters, Marine V-22 Osprey helicopters and other military aircraft. As the fighter jets flew overhead, Mr Trump praised America's military prowess and urged young people to join the armed forces. First Lady Melania Trump and US President Donald Trump look on during the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event Credit: AFP With well-planned choreography, the president told stories about each branch of the US military as he introduced separate fly-overs of military aircraft. "For over 65 years, no enemy Air Force has managed to kill a single American soldier. Because the skies belong to the United States of America," he said. Mr Trump was the first president in nearly seven decades to address a crowd at the National Mall on July 4, usually regarded as a non-political day of celebration. With tanks positioned in prominent locations in the nation's capital at Mr Trump's request and flanked by Bradley fighting vehicles, he told crowds "our nation is stronger than it ever was before" as he spoke outside the memorial to former US president Abraham Lincoln. "That same American spirit that emboldened our founders has kept us strong throughout our history. To this day that spirit runs through the veins of every American patriot," he said. "It lives on in each and every one of you here today. It is the spirit, daring and defiance, excellence and adventure, courage and confidence, loyalty and love that built this country into the most exceptional nation in the history of the world, and our nation is stronger today than it ever was before. It is its strongest now." The Blue Angels (six F-18s) fly overhead as people gather on the National Mall for the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event Credit: AFP He went on to say that "for Americans, nothing is impossible", reciting a litany of American accomplishments over its history, including the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago. He promised that "very soon, we will plant the American flag on Mars." In a nod to the historical nature of his address, in the same location that Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech, Mr Trump paid tribute to several civil rights heroes. He cited as great Americans both Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, African-Americans who campaigned for the abolition of slavery. The event, dubbed a “Salute to America”, has been criticised for its military overtones but several thousand braved the forecasted thunderstorms to attend. At times, the enthusiastic crowd could be heard chanting: "USA! USA! USA!" "I think what Trump's doing with the tanks, all the flyovers, I think it's great," said Brandon Lawrence, his face painted with the colours of the American flag. The US president has publicly spoken of how impressed he was by the Bastille Day military parade he witnessed during a visit to Paris in July 2017 and has been attempting to create something similar.  President Donald Trump speaks during an Independence Day celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial  Credit: AP Democratic presidential candidates were quick to weigh in with criticism. Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted: "This is what authoritarians do: @realDonaldTrump is taking $ 2.5 million away from our National Park Service to glorify himself with a spectacle of military tanks rolling through Washington". Former Vice President Joe Biden, who was at a campaign event in Iowa, said the spectacle in Washington "misses the point." "I wonder what Donald Trump will say this evening, when he speaks to the nation at an event designed more to stroke his ego than celebrate American ideals," he said. The White House has dismissed the claims, saying the president was simply "going to celebrate the greatest country, the greatest idea in the history of the world – the United States of America.” However the uplifting message was not shared by all. Protesters also gathered on the Mall in the nation's capital to voice their opposition to the Trump administration.  A child waves flags as people take photos while U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for the "Salute to America" event  Credit: Reuters One anti-war group, Code Pink, secured a permit to bring a “Baby Trump” blimp, reflecting a similar protest in the UK, to a rival event in the Mall during his speech. "This is costing us millions and millions of dollars. We the taxpayers are paying for it, for Donald Trump to use our military as a prop. And that's just not right," said Code Pink co-director Medea Benjamin. Meanwhile two people were arrested after an American flag was burned on Pennsylvania Avenue, just in front of the White House leading to a violent clash between protesters.    Led by activist Joey Johnson, a group called the Revolution Club had earlier announced its intention to set a flag alight. “I’m going to be speaking to the people of the world letting them know that there are people inside the borders of this country who stand with the people of the world," Mr Johnson said in the press release. The fire led to a scuffle with a far-right group, the Proud Boys, but quickly put out by the US Secret Service. The agency said two people were arrested during the incident, one person for a felony assault on a police officer and malicious burning. The other was arrested for hindering a police investigation and resisting arrest. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.



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