Trump Investigated for Possible Obstruction of Justice
The investigation of possible Russian interference in the U.S. election is reportedly looking into whether President Donald Trump may have obstructed justice.
The special counsel heading the Russia investigation is Robert Mueller, a former FBI director. He plans to interview three Trump administration officials to study possible obstruction of justice, multiple newspapers reported.
Mueller is reportedly seeking interviews with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency (NSA) Director Michael Rogers and former NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett.
The reports said Mueller is looking into whether Trump sought help from Coats or others to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Flynn was removed from his job by Trump in February. He also was a top supporter of Trump during the campaign. White House officials said Flynn was let go because he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence. Flynn was dishonest about past contact with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
Will China’s Belt and Road Projects Ease Disputes in the Middle East
China may find it difficult to increase its influence in the Middle East because of the diplomatic dispute between Qatar and its neighbors.
China's Belt and Road trade Initiative, a development plan valued at more than $1 trillion, could affect the Middle East in many ways. It may permit China to influence the region economically.
However, experts say there are doubts that many of the projects may be completed. That means China has less influence in the Middle East than many experts would expect, although it has the world's second largest economy.
In addition, the Middle East suffers from conflicts within and between its countries. It also is an area of competition between major world powers.
China's diplomatic policy of "non-interference" limits its ability to develop close ties with Middle Eastern countries.
Recently, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. Those nations may also cut air and sea traffic because they believe Qatar is supporting terrorism. Qatar denies this.
Blast at kindergarten gate wreaks havoc
An explosion at the gate of a kindergarten in Fengxian county, Jiangsu province, at 4:50 pm on Thursday left at least seven people dead and 66 injured, nine of them seriously.
Two people were killed at the scene, and the five others died after being taken to a hospital, the Xuzhou city publicity office said in a statement.
It was not yet known late Thursday what caused the blast and there was no clear information on the identities of the dead and injured, the statement said. Neither was there information on how many of the dead and injured were adults and how many were children.
The Fengxian county government posted online that no teachers or students were injured or killed during lessons inside the kindergarten. Photos and videos online showed many people lying outside the kindergarten gate after the blast, some of them covered in blood and burned.
The injured were sent to hospitals in Fengxian and Xuzhou, the Xuzhou publicity office said, adding that medical workers assisted in the rescue work.
Chinese, South African railway firms exploring new cooperation
The South African State Owned Entity Transnet and Chinese locomotive manufacturer CRRC are exploring ways to further strengthen their cooperation, senior officials of both sides said Wednesday.
Transnet has been providing facilities to produce locomotives.
"The Chinese with a short space of time have done what the EU and the United States failed to do over years in terms of skills transfer and some of the things we never dreamed we will have .The Chinese have brought a new kind of partnership where they impart skills for our future use on our own," said Jiyane.
Both executives confirmed that there have been frequent visits of employees of both companies on exchange programs and share knowledge, skills and good practice.
The two-day Africa Rail 2017 conference and exhibition ended on Wednesday.