Trump interview: President says he would 'absolutely' report foreign campaign intelligence amid massive outcry from election officials

Trump interview: President says he would 'absolutely' report foreign campaign intelligence amid massive outcry from election officialsDonald Trump – amid massive outrage and a public scolding by election officials – has reversed course and said he would report any information provided by a foreign country to the FBI. He insisted, however, he would have to read it to know whether it was “bad”.Following widespread criticism and dismay after the president said he would accept foreign-sourced information if it could help his 2020 reelection bid, he said he thought he had made clear he would inform the authorities.“Of course, you have to look at it…but of course, you give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that,” Mr Trump said, during a live phone interview with Fox News’s Fox and Friends, one of his favourite shows. “You couldn’t have that happen with our country, and everybody understands that.”He added: “If I thought anything was incorrect or badly stated, I’d report it to the attorney general, the FBI. I’d report it to law enforcement, absolutely.”Earlier this week, in an interview with ABC News, the president said he would accept damaging information about an opponent if it was provided by a foreign nation – something in breach of election laws.“I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening,” he said.“If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent’ – oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”He added: “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI – if I thought there was something wrong.”On Thursday, the chair of the Federal Election Commission issued a rare public rebuke, apparently in response to the president’s comments, although without naming him.“Let me make something 100 per cent clear to the American public and anyone running for public office,” Ellen Weintraub said on Twitter.“It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a US election.”Earlier this year, special counsel Robert Mueller, completed a two-year investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.Mr Mueller probe found no evidence of a conspiracy between Moscow and the president’s team, although he detailed numerous interactions. On the question of obstruction of justice, Mr Mueller was unable to exonerate the president. Attorney general William Barr decided there was insufficient evidence to charge Mr Trump.

Pressure mounts on Hong Kong leader over extradition plan

Pressure mounts on Hong Kong leader over extradition planHong Kong’s embattled leader faced mounting pressure on Friday to abandon a deeply unpopular plan to allow extraditions to China, with protest organisers getting police go-ahead to hold a new rally at the weekend. The international finance hub was rocked by the worst political violence since its 1997 handover to China on Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters were dispersed by riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets. The city’s pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam has so far refused to meet protester demands to withdraw or scrap the bill — although rumours were swirling Friday that a postponement of the bill was imminent amid a growing chorus of discontent.

Jupiter’s Europa is seriously salty

Jupiter’s Europa is seriously saltyOf all the areas in our solar system (besides Earth, naturally ), Jupiter's moon Europa may have the very best possibility of hosting life. Scientists studying the world are fascinated by its massive ocean of liquid water hiding underneath a thick icy shell, also it's potential that existence is lurking there, too.Now, a new research paper reveals that the colossal sea isn't liquid water, it's salty liquid water, making it potentially even more similar to Earth's oceans than we originally thought. The study was published in the journal Science Advances. “The potential habitability of Europa's subsurface ocean depends on its chemical composition, which might be represented because of Europa's geologically young surface,” the investigators write.But actually visiting Europa to see what its waters are created from isn't actually in the cards at the moment, so scientists have done the next best thing. Employing the potent spectrograph instrument on the Hubble, investigators can sniff out the makeup of neighboring worlds, and in the case of Europa it's very, very salty.If that the planets are indeed as succulent as they look, it may be a indication that the oceans there are suitable for life. Whether any life forms have taken root there, however, is a far more challenging question to answer.Researchers have contemplated the possibility of sending some kind of robotic probe into the world 's face. Its unbelievably thick sheet of ice would have to be penetrated in order to sample the water beneath. Such a mission could be costly, however, and while there'so plenty of interest among scientist searching for life outside of Earth, NASA and different teams are mostly focused on excursions to the Moon and Mars in the immediate future.

The Latest: Dozens gather peacefully after Memphis shooting

The Latest: Dozens gather peacefully after Memphis shootingFriends and relatives of a black man who was killed by a federal fugitive task force in Tennessee have peacefully gathered close to the site of the shooting. A few dozen people gathered Thursday evening near the Memphis home where 20-year-old Brandon Webber was killed Wednesday. Protesters on Wednesday night had responded to the shooting throwing bricks and rocks, injuring 36 law enforcement officers.

US warns UN of 'clear threat' from Iran after tanker attacks

US warns UN of 'clear threat' from Iran after tanker attacksThe United States called Thursday for the UN Security Council to confront a”clear Danger” posed by Tehran, after Washington said Iran was behind an attack on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The council met behind closed doors to listen to US acting Ambassador Jonathan Cohen present a briefing on Washington’s assessment that Iran was in charge of the supposed assault on two tankers in the strategic sea lane.