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Grieving mother says Donald Trump disrespected US soldier killed in Niger

The grieving mother of a US soldier slain in an ambush in Niger reportedly said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump had disrespected her son during a call he made to offer his condolences.

“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Sergeant La David Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told the Washington Post.

She said she agreed with an earlier account of the conversation given by a lawmaker who heard part of the call and accused Trump of insensitivity after he told Johnson’s pregnant widow that the young soldier “knew what he was signing up for”.

Frederica Wilson, a Democratic congresswoman from Florida, said she listened in to part of a group phone call between the President and the grieving family.

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Gunman on loose after Maryland shooting kills three

A police manhunt was under way on Wednesday for a gunman who stormed a suburban Maryland business park, killing three people and injuring two others before escaping.

With the shooter at large several area schools were placed on lockdown, officials said, while the nearby set of popular Netflix show House Of Cards was also reportedly locked down.

The suspect, 37-year-old Radee Prince, was associated with the granite business in Edgewood, north-east of Baltimore, where the shootings took place.

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Across Asia, liver cancer is linked to herbal remedies: Study

Researchers have uncovered widespread evidence of a link between traditional Chinese herbal remedies and liver cancer across Asia, a study said on Wednesday.

The findings suggest stronger measures are needed to prevent people from consuming chemicals called aristolochic acids, which are derived from the woody vines of the Aristolochia plant family, said the report in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

The acids can be found in some traditional Chinese medicines that are given during childbirth, to prevent parasites and promote healing.

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Football: Messi joins 100-goal club in Europe

Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition as Barcelona moved close to qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages by outclassing Olympiakos 3-1,  despite playing the entire second half with 10 men.

Gerard Pique was sent off two minutes before halftime for two bookings, one for tugging an opponent's shirt and the other for slapping the ball into the net, but Barca were barely threatened by a hapless Olympiakos side who are badly under-performing in their Greek title defence.

The Athens club, who won three league titles and two domestic Cups under current Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, are fifth in the standings in the Greek top flight and have lost all their games in the Champions League.

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Football: Chelsea snatch draw as Man United edge Benfica

Chelsea were grateful to Eden Hazard for grabbing a 3-3 draw in a Champions League thriller against Roma, while Manchester United, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus all won.

Hazard headed in his second goal of the night from a Pedro Rodriguez cross with quarter of an hour left at Stamford Bridge to rescue Chelsea after they had earlier blown a two-goal lead against the Italians.

Hazard's leveller allowed Chelsea to hold onto top spot in Group C with seven points, two points clear of Roma and five better off than Atletico Madrid.

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