FROM Michael Evans
British Army Told to Bribe Taliban with 'Bags of Gold' Unemployed or under-employed young men are being recruited by the Taliban for about 6£ ($10) a day in Afghanistan. Britain's new counter-insurgency manual tells officers to talk to leaders with "blood on their hands" and buy off potential recruits with "bags of gold," while not being "over-generous." That's according to Michael Evans, Defense Editor for The Times newspaper in London.
More Arrests in Foiled London Terror Plot British officials say the same men who attacked Glasgow Airport in a flaming Jeep Cherokee also rigged two Mercedes to explode in London the day before. Seven people have been arrested in those attacks, two of them doctors. We hear more about the investigation and what it could mean for the US.
Car Bomb Discovered in Central London A massive car bomb that could have caused carnage in the Haymarket area of central London has led to a shutdown in parts of the city. Scotland Yard's Tarique Ghaffur affirmed that "safety and security is number-one priority" for Londoners and the many events taking place over the weekend. Mike Evans is defense editor for the Times of London.
Russia and UK Dance around Spy-Case Extradition Relations between Britain and Russia are increasingly strained over the radioactive poisoning in London of a former Russian spy. British agents are in Moscow to investigate the murder, but Russia's chief prosecutor says there will be no extradition of any suspects.
Russian Ex-Spy Poisoned, in Critical Condition British police have announced they are investigating the poisoning of a former Russian spy, who has been an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin. Scotland Yard said yesterday that the former spy, Alexander Litvinenko , had been placed under protective guard in a London hospital.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.