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NEW YORK---Donald Trump presented
running mate Mike Pence to the nation
yesterday, hailing the Indiana governor as
his "first choice" and "my partner in the
campaign." But he left no doubt in a
sometimes awkward event that Pence's
role will surely be as sidekick to the
politician at the top of the ticket.
Glancing at notes, Trump lauded
Pence's personal character and
conservative credentials. Then he moved
on to draw sharp contrasts between the
newly formed Republican team and
Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Yet the announcement lacked much of
the stagecraft typically associated with
the public unveiling of a running mate,
one of the most significant moments
under a presidential campaign's control.
The only sign onstage in the
Manhattan hotel ballroom bore only
Trump's name. The two men appeared
together just briefly. And Trump, the
presumptive Republican presidential
nominee, spoke for nearly 30 minutes
before calling Pence to the stage.
His far-ranging remarks devoted more
time to recapping his primary victories ---
and he even found time to tout his new
hotel in Washington --- than introducing
the relatively unknown Pence to
"All right, back to Mike Pence," Trump
said at one point after a long tangent
talking about the Republican Party's
efforts to overturn rules that limit church
leaders' political involvement.
The event --- the culmination of a vice
presidential rollout that featured mixed
signals, second-guessing and a 24-hour
delay --- was intended to assert that
Trump and Pence would stand up to
America's enemies while being "the law-
and-order candidates" at home.
"What a difference between crooked
Hillary Clinton and Mike Pence," Trump
said. Pence, standing alone in front of ten
American flags, hewed closely to the
populist themes that Trump has voiced
on the campaign trail, describing himself
as "really just a small-town boy." (AP)
Trump presents 'partner' Pence, but no doubt who's the star
The man who used a 20-ton
truck to plow down hundreds of
people in Nice last week, killing 84,
somehow became radicalised very
quickly and hadn't even yet shown
up on any anti-terrorist intelligence
radar, French Interior Minister
Bernard Cazeneuve said yesterday.
"It seems that the attacker got
radicalised very rapidly," Cazeneuve
said of Mohamed Lahouaiej
The minister said Bouhlel had
not been known to the intelligence
services previously, and he noted
that authorities now face a new
scenario with individuals who are
becoming very sensitive to the
messages of Isis.
Earlier yesterday, a statement
from Isis' media group, Amaq
Agency, said that an Isis "soldier"
carried out the attack in Nice.
The statement, which was
posted by Isis supporters, said a
security source told the agency
that "the person who carried out
the run over in Nice, France, is one
of the Islamic State soldiers and
carried out the operation in
response to calls to target
nationals of the coalition which is
fighting the Islamic State."
The particular wording of the
statement---not claiming the
attack as an outright act of Isis,
but noting that the attacker was
responding to calls to act against
the coalition---mirrors Isis'
language in statements following
the nightclub shooting in Orlando,
Florida, when it claimed gunman
Omar Mateen as a "soldier." Forty-
nine people died in the June 12
Isis claims its
attack in Nice
Some 2,839 soldiers, including
high-ranking officers, have been
arrested after an attempted coup
that is now over, says Turkey s
prime minister Binali Yildirim.
The attempted coup was a "black
stain on Turkish democracy", he
said, with 161 civilians and police
Those held include two army gen-
erals, Turkish media say.
Explosions and firing were heard
in key cities last Friday night and
thousands heeded a call by President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan to rise up
against the coup-plotters.
It is unclear who was behind the
The authorities also said 104 sus-
pected coup-plotters had also been
Some 2,745 Turkish judges have
also been dismissed in the wake of
the coup, state media say.
They are reported to include a
member of the country s top court.
President Erdogan has blamed a
"parallel structure"---a reference to
Fethullah Gulen, a powerful but
reclusive US-based Muslim cleric
whom he accuses of fomenting
In a televised speech last night,
he called on the US to extradite
Gulen has rejected any suggestion
of links to what happened, saying
he condemned "in the strongest
terms, the attempted military coup
in Turkey". (BBC)
See page A26
Turkey purges after
failed coup attempt
South Korean Prime Minister
Hwang Kyo-ahn was stranded
inside his car for hours last Friday,
surrounded by an angry mob
opposing the deployment of an
advanced missile defence system in
The South Korean military
announced last Wednesday that it
will place the Terminal High Altitude
Area Defence (THAAD) in the county,
which is about 250 kilometres south-
east of the capital Seoul.
It said the placement could ensure
the safety of country s population
from North Korea s nuclear and mis-
But many of the county s 45,000
oppose the decision, citing health
and environmental concerns. They
said officials never consulted them
before announcing the decision.
Prime Minister Hwang visited
Seongju county last Friday in an
attempt to ease their anger.
"I apologise again for not informing
you prior to the announcement,"
Hwang told the county s residents.
Hwang tried to assure the residents
that THAAD was safe, saying "if this
harms your safety by even just a little
bit, our government cannot deploy
this. No, we won t deploy this."
But the protesters weren t satisfied.
Protesters started throwing eggs and
water bottles at Hwang. His aides
and security guards tried to block
the flying objects with umbrellas and
their bare hands.
Hwang was later stranded in his
vehicle for six hours after angry pro-
testers and a tractor surrounded his
convoy, according to reports. (CNN)
Angry mob pelts S Korean PM with eggs, bottles
Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan delivers a speech in
Istanbul, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Boeing 7-series passenger airplane sit parked in a line-up formation during an event
marking the 100th anniversary of the Boeing Co, last Friday, in Seattle. AP PHOTO
Boeing celebrates 100 years
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