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Charlie Gard and his parents in a photo from their Facebook page.
Charlie Gard and his parents in a photo from their Facebook page.PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Donald Trump offers support for terminally ill British baby

President Donald Trump offered US help to a British baby with a rare genetic disorder who is due to be taken off life support after courts ruled further treatment would prolong his suffering.

“If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the UK and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so,” he said in a tweet.

The parents of Charlie Gard, who is 10 months old and has brain damage, had been fighting to take him to the United States for an experimental treatment for his extremely rare form of mitochondrial disease but lost their case in British courts and the European Court of Human Rights.

Trump’s offer of intervention was met with both support and criticism on social media. Some hailed him as a “pro-life president” and decried what they termed the pitfalls of public-funded health care in Europe.

But others accused him of wading uninformed into a complex issue, and slammed his offer of medical help to Charlie amid a bruising legislative fight over health care in the United States.


Donald Trump ally Chris Christie under fire for lounging on closed beach

He’s a Donald Trump ally with abysmal approval ratings and now the governor of New Jersey has sparked fresh outrage after being photographed lounging on a beach closed to the public because of a government shutdown.

For millions of Americans, nothing says Independence Day holiday weekend like going to the shore and soaking up the sun, before indulging in a barbeque and watching the fireworks.

Except New Jersey’s state beaches and parks were closed by Republican Governor Chris Christie on Friday due to a budget standoff with Democrats in the state legislature – spoiling plans for many of the state’s nearly nine million residents and other visitors headed to its shores.


Tennis: Devastated Venus Williams sobs over fatal car crash

Venus Williams broke down in tears during a Wimbledon press conference when she was asked about her involvement in a fatal car crash.

Williams is being sued by the estate of an elderly Florida man who died last month after his vehicle was hit by a car driven by the American star.

After her 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 victory over Elise Mertens in the Wimbledon first round, world number 11 Williams was repeatedly asked about the incident by the media and eventually became so emotional she began to cry.


Shingles boosts risk of heart attack, stroke: Study

People who develop shingles – a reactivation of the chicken pox virus which commonly affects older people – may face a ballooning risk of heart attack or stroke, South Korean researchers said.

Their study found that people with shingles saw an overall 41 per cent higher risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack or stroke, when compared to an age-matched control group that did not develop shingles.

The risk of stroke was 35 per cent higher and heart attack 59 per cent higher, said the report published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The riskiest period was the first year after infection, and the dangers appeared to decline after that.


Tennis: Wawrinka knocked out of Wimbledon

Swiss fifth seed and French Open runner-up Stan Wawrinka was knocked out of Wimbledon in the first round by Russia’s Daniil Medvedev (above), losing 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

World number 49 Medvedev, making his Wimbledon debut, goes on to face Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans for a place in the last 32.

It was Wawrinka’s sixth first round loss at the All England Club, although his efforts were hampered by a left knee injury which required an ice pack at the changeovers. It also meant that 33-year-old Wawrinka’s hopes of becoming just the sixth man to complete the career Grand Slam were ended for another year.