Donald Trump’s grim picture of global security

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August 16, 2016 

The US Republican presidential nominee wants “extreme” new measures to counteract terrorism. Rio Day 10 ended with a dive as Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller threw herself across the finish line to win gold. And Snapchat’s missteps matter more now that it’s been cloned by Instagram.



Donald Trump has called for “extreme vetting” and “ideological screening” of new US immigrants.

In a lengthy and grim speech on global security, the US Republican presidential nominee said if elected, he would institute “extreme” new measures to counteract terrorism, including an “ideological screening test” for all new US immigrants.

Trump compared the screening test to Cold War-era screening, saying that the US should only admit into the country those who “share our values and respect our people.” He also blamed the so-called “Age of Terror” on President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Here’s the full transcript of Trump’s speech. Eric Thayer / Reuters

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Trump also signaled that he would leave Guantánamo Bay open, call for an international conference on radical Islam, and end “the era of nation-building” he said was responsible for creating lawless countries in which terrorism could flourish.

In a previously unreported exchange from 2008, Trump called Clinton “fantastic.”  And this is why a conspiracy theory about the Clintons has gone viral in China.



Here’s what’s happening in Rio:

  • Rio organizers said they “obviously regret” that US swimmers were robbed at gunpoint over the weekend.

  • Simone Biles’ quest for a fourth gold medal encountered a roadblock after she got bronze on the balance beam.

  • Brazil’s 22-year-old Thiago Braz da Silva won the gold medal in the men’s pole vault with a record-breaking 6.03 meters. It was the second gold medal for the host country of the Olympics.

  • And Day 10 ended with a dive as the Bahamas' Shaunae Miller threw herself across the finish line to win gold in the women’s 400-meter race, narrowly beating out American Allyson Felix.

“I don’t know what happened. My legs started to get a little heavy and I was telling myself that I wanted it so bad and I just did whatever it took. Now I’m coming home with a gold medal, so it is such an amazing feeling for me,” Miller said.



New York police charged a 35-year-old man from Brooklyn with the murder of a Queens imam and his associate.

Oscar Morel was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the killing of 55-year-old imam Maulama Akonjee and his 64-year-old associate Thara Uddin.

Akonjee and Uddin were shot from behind Saturday afternoon while they were wearing traditional Islamic clothing; the $1,000 in cash Akonjee was carrying wasn’t taken. NYPD Chief Robert Boyce said the killing might have been a hate crime.

Protesters demanded justice at a funeral prayer service on Monday for Akonjee and Uddin. Spencer Platt / Getty Images



  • International news: The United Nations didn’t help in South Sudan when women called to say they were being raped. And at least 11 people were killed and 19 others were injured after an airstrike hit a hospital in war-torn Yemen on Monday.

  • In America: Officials in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have installed a curfew after violent protests over the death of Sylville Smith, who was shot and killed by police. And a proposal to help Texans who can’t afford to pay their traffic tickets elicited sharp, and in some cases racially charged, responses from several court officers.

  • Guantánamo Bay: The US says it has sent 15 Guantánamo detainees to the United Arab Emirates, marking the largest single transfer during Obama’s administration. (BBC News)

  • Zika: A Texan visiting Miami has become ill with the virus after returning home, marking the first known case of travel-related transmission in the US.

  • LGBT rights: The Obama administration will issue a rule that transgender people "must" have bathroom access in federal facilities.

  • In tech: Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel published a passionate op-ed in the New York Times on Monday, recasting himself as a defender of online privacy. And can Snapchat afford further filter foibles now that Instagram is cloning some of its key features?

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