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A longer version of the same video found online shows that the man knocked down by Donald Trump was World Wrestling Entertainment owner-promoter Vince McMahon, a friend of Trump's.
A longer version of the same video found online shows that the man knocked down by Donald Trump was World Wrestling Entertainment owner-promoter Vince McMahon, a friend of Trump's.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

Donald Trump tweets video of him knocking down, beating 'CNN'

US President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack on the news media Sunday (July 2) by tweeting a video - bizarre even by his standards - showing him knocking down and beating a professional wrestling "villain" whose face had been replaced by a CNN logo.

The 10-year-old video, hailing back to Trump's days as a guest celebrity at pro-wrestling events, came after a week in which his unrestrained Twitter attacks on two MSNBC talk show hosts drew widespread condemnation from members of both political parties.

In the 28-second video, Trump, dressed in a suit, is seen knocking down another man in a suit who is standing next to a wrestling ring. Trump then pummels the man, whose face is covered by the CNN logo, repeatedly over the head.

At the end of the video, a fake CNN logo appears in the lower right corner of the screen with the words "FNN: Fraud News Network."


US lifts laptop restriction for flights from Abu Dhabi

The United States on Sunday (July 2) lifted a ban on laptops in cabins on flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States, saying the United Arab Emirates' Etihad Airways had put in place required tighter security measures.

Etihad Airways welcomed the decision, and credited a pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport where passengers clear US immigration before they land in the United States for "superior security advantages" that had allowed it to satisfy US requirements.

Etihad is the only airline that operates direct flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States.


Spanish Civil War victim's 91-year-old daughter finally buries her father

On the cusp of her 92nd birthday and after decades of waiting and uncertainty, Ascensión Mendieta, daughter of a victim of political violence killed almost 80 years previously, finally buried her father on a bright Sunday (July 2) morning in Madrid.

Hundreds of mourners turned out to attend the non-religous ceremony in Madrid for Timoteo Mendieta, a trade unionist shot in the months following the Spanish Civil War and buried in a mass grave in a Guadalajara cemetery.

The search for Timoteo Mendieta's remains marks the first instance of graves being dug on the orders of an Argentine judge in a lawsuit seeking redress for crimes committed during the 1936 to 1939 civil war and the almost four-decade dictatorship of General Francisco Franco that followed.


Football: Germany survive Chile onslaught to win Confederations Cup

Germany survived a whirlwind assault by Chile and capitalised on an awful mistake by the South Americans to claim a 1-0 victory in a pulsating, bad-tempered Confederations Cup final on Sunday (July 2). 

Germany won the title for the first time after Lars Stindl scored the only goal in the 20th minute when Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz gave the ball away on the edge of his own area.  

Chile, playing with their trademark high octane style and driven forward by another relentless display by Arturo Vidal, dominated the match but were let down by poor finishing.  


Cycling: Britain's Froome survives Tour de France early crash

Chris Froome got a brutal reminder of the unpredictable nature of the Tour de France when he crashed to the ground in Sunday's (July 2) second stage, recovering to finish with torn shorts as German Marcel Kittel powered to victory at the end of a huge sprint.

After being faster than his rivals in Saturday's (July 1) opening time trial, defending champion Froome was sitting comfortably near the front of the peloton when he was brought down as a Katusha rider lost his balance in front of him some 30km from the finish.

Last year's runner-up Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) was also involved in the pile-up but the Frenchman and three-time champion Froome made it back to the main pack after a brief chase.