Global News March 22, 2017

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The Guardian
“Parliament attack: man shot after police officer stabbed at House of Commons.”

A man was shot today outside the Houses of Parliament after an apparent clash with police officers. Onlookers have told of scenes of panic with tourists fleeing as gunfire broke out in Westminster. A man was seen receiving medical attention outside Westminster Hall after a 4×4 vehicle ploughed into railings nearby. There were also reports of several people hit by a car on Westminster Bridge before the gunfire broke out.
The Prime Minister, who had been in PMQs, was in the division lobby when she was alerted and bundled into a car.
Major security alert at Westminster after at least one person shot after police officer attacked outside House of Commons. Commons leader David Lidington has told MPs a “police officer has been stabbed” and the “alleged assailant was shot by armed police” following a serious incident within the parliamentary estate, PA reported. Also, David Lidington, the leader of the House of Commons, told MPs: “Colleagues will have appreciated that events have been moving rapidly and I want to emphasize that the knowledge that I have which is definite is so far very limited. What I am able to say to the House is that there has been a serious incident within the estate. It seems that a police officer has been stabbed; that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police. An air ambulance is attending the scene to remove the casualties. There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.””


“WSJ editorial: Most Americans may conclude Trump ‘fake president’”

President Donald Trump’s repeated lack of «respect for the truth» puts him in jeopardy of being viewed as «a fake President,» The Wall Street Journal editorial board says. «Two months into his presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth, most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President,» reads the editorial, which appeared online Tuesday night. While the Journal’s editorial board was no friend of Trump during much of the 2016 campaign, the strong language in the editorial is particularly notable given the board’s typically conservative outlook and the fact that the Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch, with whom Trump has had a long and complicated relationship. Murdoch harshly criticized Trump in the wake of his 2015 putdown of Sen. John McCain but has gradually warmed up to the businessman-turned-President. The editorial also slammed Trump for refusing to back off his administration’s unsubstantiated allegations that President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower. Multiple lawmakers, including Republicans, have called on Trump to apologize to Obama for making the claim without providing any evidence.


FOX News
“North Korea missile tests fail seconds after launch, US officials say”

A North Korean ballistic missile test ended in failure when it exploded five seconds after launch, two US officials tell Fox News. North Korea attempted to launch an intermediate-range Musudan missile, the first attempted launch of this type of missile since President Trump took office. «The missile blew up five seconds after launch,» said one official, who had seen satellite imagery of the launch showing a heavily damaged mobile launcher on a runway. The test occurred at an air base near the city of Wonsan on North Korea’s east coast along the Sea of Japan.
The reported launch failure comes as the North has angrily reacted to ongoing annual U.S.-South Korean military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal. Earlier this month, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles that landed in waters off Japan, triggering strong protests from Seoul and Tokyo.


Zero Hedge
“Tillerson: «I Didn’t Want This Job»”

Having recently waded into the Russia-NATO axis scandal, when as Reuters first reported on Monday Rex Tillerson planned to skip the April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers despite flying a week later to Russia, which as Reuters said is «a step allies may see as putting Moscow’s concerns ahead of theirs», only to reverse his decision last night, and offer NATO several «conflict-free» dates which could work for an upcoming meeting (NATO has yet to respond), attention has turned this morning to an interview Tillerson gave to the IJR, in which the former Exxon CEO appears to be expressing some reluctance about his current posting.
«I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job,» Tillerson told the Independent Journal Review in an interview during his recent Asia trip. During the interview Tillerson said he had never met President Trump before the election. After his victory, the president wanted to talk with Tillerson «about the world.» “When he asked me at the end of that conversation to be secretary of State, I was stunned,» Tillerson said. Tillerson later told his wife about the offer. «My wife convinced me,» he said. «She was right. I’m supposed to do this.» Tillerson was confirmed as secretary of State in February, despite a late effort by Democrats to slow down the nomination.