Jill Biden’s ordeal
Jill Biden, the wife of former US vice-president Joe Biden, told a laughing audience at her husband’s presidential library that her rescue was “the scariest moment of my life” – the longest story of her book tour. She recounted how on 19 July 2016, as she poured some hot water on a cupboard door in their house, which they were renovating, flames shot from the combination door-bathroom door panel. Firefighters had to take more than 20 minutes to reach the house, she said. The life-and-death situation required everyone to get out the backdoor: “All three of my daughters and I, back through the front door and inside the house.” She grew tearful and giggly as she spoke of her rescue. Then Biden teased the author Donald Trump, saying: “He can say that all he wants. Because he didn’t fire the chief, the chief wasn’t fired.”
A senior cabinet official who has called for stronger US gun regulations may have upset hunting enthusiasts with his speech. Jeff Sessions, attorney general, said he had entered an archery range, eschewing the gun case he was given. The late William Beavers, a Cabinet member in the Bush administration, once said: “I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Later, when reporters pressed him on why he hadn’t fired at a bird, Sessions smiled and explained: “I’m trying to gain my target.”
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by a hit squad of more than 15 Saudi operatives at his own home. Amid global protests, three of the suspects involved in the killing have been released. The kingdom’s public prosecutor has closed its investigation without being able to charge the 15 Saudi nationals implicated, claiming they were innocent of “calculated” assassination.
Peter Wright, a former reporter who was the first journalist to write about the existence of emails linking Donald Trump’s team to Russia, is at it again. Now reporting as a professional speaker, Wright says that US intelligence agencies have unearthed evidence of collusion between the Russians and Trump’s “inner circle”. What about the same emails being passed on to Trump’s campaign? According to Wright’s latest book The Man Who Would Be King, there are no fewer than two of them.