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Donald and Melania Trump step off Air Force One upon arrival in Morristown, New Jersey on June 30, 2017.
Donald and Melania Trump step off Air Force One upon arrival in Morristown, New Jersey on June 30, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

Donald Trump tweets out against CNN, NBC, 'dumb as a rock' journalist

President Donald Trump fired off another volley in his escalating feud with the US media, aiming a Twitter tirade at CNN, NBC and a morning show host he taunted as "dumb as a rock".

The outburst came at the end of a week during which the US leader railed against major news organisations as "fake news," before launching a crude personal attack on Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who headline the Morning Joe programme on the left-leaning MSNBC cable network.

"Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!" he wrote, seemingly trying to get in the final word in his clash with the journalists.

Apparently stung by critical coverage on the show, Mr Trump on Thursday had tweeted: "I heard poorly rated @Morning-Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore).

"Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"


New York doctor sent e-mail to paper before hospital rampage

A doctor who killed another physician at a New York City medical centre and wounded six other people before taking his own life had sent an e-mail to a newspaper blaming hospital officials for wrecking his career, the New York Daily News reported.

The paper posted on its website a copy of the e-mail that appeared to have been sent by Dr Henry Bello hours before the deadly shooting on Friday afternoon at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Centre.

The gunman, wearing a white medical lab coat, stalked two floors of the hospital, opening fire on victims before trying to set himself on fire and then shooting himself to death, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said on Friday. He was dead when police found him.


On rainy 150th birthday, nation celebrates the meaning of Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off celebrations on Saturday to mark the country’s 150th birthday amid heavy security as many citizens braved incessant rains and long delays to reach the main site in the nation’s capital.

About 500,000 people were expected to be in Ottawa for the long-anticipated Canada Day festivities, which features a large outdoor celebration in front of the national Parliament, complete with acrobats, fireworks and musicians including Irish singer Bono and other members of rock band U2.

Trudeau, accompanied by Britain’s Prince Charles, shook hands with some of the thousands of revelers who converged on Canada’s capital Ottawa.


Tennis: Federer warns fab four are ready to protect domination

Roger Federer warned that he and the rest of the big four of men’s tennis were going to be as tough to beat as ever at Wimbledon this year as they seek to continue their astonishing monopoly of the event.

In the last 14 editions, one of either Federer, the seven-times champion, double winners Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, or triple victor Novak Djokovic has lifted the men’s singles title at The All England Club.

While reporters quizzed Federer on Saturday about who in the game’s young brigade could become the first man outside that quartet to win since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002, the Swiss felt it would be best to keep faith with the usual suspects. Federer’s rivals have had mixed preparations for Wimbledon.


Football: Chelsea snap up veteran keeper Willy Caballero

Premier League champions Chelsea signed Argentinian goalkeeper Willy Caballero on a free transfer to provide back-up to Thibaut Courtois.

The 35-year-old had been a free agent since Manchester City let him go at the end of last season and Chelsea had a spare goalkeeping spot after Asmir Begovic left for Bournemouth.

“I am very happy to join Chelsea, the champions of England,” Caballero told the club’s TV station. “I am looking forward to meeting the guys and helping the club achieve more success in the coming season.”