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An FBI mobile command center vehicle is parked at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, US on Feb 16, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Trump accuses FBI of 'spending too much time' on Russia probe

US President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and said an excessive focus on Russia led federal investigators to miss signs that could have prevented the deadly school shooting in Florida last week.

In a series of tweets over the weekend, Trump accused President Barack Obama of failing to do enough to stop Russian election interference and belittled Representative Adam Schiff, of the House intelligence committee that is investigating Russia's actions.

Trump labelled Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the panel, a leaking "monster." Trump also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was"spending too much time" looking into whether his presidential campaign colluded with Russia.


Visitors trapped in Langkawi cable car gondolas rescued; system restored

All passengers who were trapped in several cable car gondolas near the top of a mountain on Langkawi island have been rescued, an official said on Sunday (Feb 18).

A Langkawi Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson said 88 people, and not 50 as earlier reported, were trapped in the SkyCab gondolas. Other media reports said 89 people were stuck in the gondolas, including some who were rescued after four hours.

He said the cable cars stopped working due to a faulty bearing.


Five people killed in Dagestan church shooting

Five women were shot dead in an apparent radical Islamist attack on an Orthodox church in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan on Sunday (Feb 18), officials and local media said.

According to local press reports, an unidentified gunman fired at worshippers at an Orthodox church in the town of Kizlyar in the mainly Muslim region.

"An unknown man opened fire with a hunting rifle in Kizlyar, fatally wounding four women," the regional internal affairs ministry said in a statement.


French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood dies aged 62

Noted French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, a disciple of the late Stephane Grappelli, died of a heart attack early Sunday (Feb 18), his agent said.

Lockwood, who performed at Paris jazz venue Bal Blomet on Saturday (Feb 17), had turned 62 on Feb 11.

"His wife, his three daughters, his family, his agent, his co-workers and his record label are sad to announce the sudden passing of Didier Lockwood," his agent said in a statement.


'One of the best weeks of my life', says Federer after 97th title

Roger Federer celebrated his return to the top of the world rankings by winning the Rotterdam Open on Sunday (Feb 18), his 97th career title, and declared it "one of the best weeks of my life".

The 36-year-old, the oldest No.1 in history, thrashed ailing Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 in a one-sided final.

In the Open era, only American Jimmy Connors has won more titles with 109.


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