Iran says it shot down U.S. drone

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Thursday it shot down a U.S. drone amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal. The reported downing of the RQ-4 Global Hawk comes after the U.S. military previously alleged Iran fired a missile at another drone last week that responded to the attack on two oil tankers near the Gulf of Oman. The U.S. blames Iran for the attack on the ships, which Tehran denies. In recent weeks, the U.S. has sped an aircraft carrier to the Mideast and deployed additional troops to the tens of thousands already in the region. Capt. Bill Urban, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, declined to comment on Iran’s claim. However, he told the Associated Press: “There was no drone over Iranian territory.”

South Korea

50,000 tons of rice to be sent to North

South Korea said it would provide 50,000 tons of rice to North Korea in the hope that the humanitarian aid will help persuade the North to return to talks on improving inter-Korean ties and ending its nuclear weapons program. Kim Yeon-chul, the South Korean unification minister, said the rice shipment would be delivered before September to help North Korea during what are traditionally lean months. The United Nations reported last month that about 40% of North Korea’s population was in urgent need of food aid after the country suffered its worst harvest in a decade.


Boys, 14, convicted in killing of girl last year

A Dublin jury found two 14-year-old boys guilty in the killing of a teenage girl last year, the youngest people ever to be convicted of murder in Ireland. In a case that has shocked and horrified the nation, the two boys, who were both 13 at the time of the killing, were found to have murdered Ana Kriegel, 14, whom they had lured to an abandoned house on the outskirts of Lucan, a Dublin suburb.

Washington, D.C.

4 years for staffer who posted personal info

A former congressional staffer was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally posting online the home addresses and telephone numbers of five Republican senators who backed Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Jackson A. Cosko, a former computer systems administrator in the office of Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., pleaded guilty to five federal offenses.


72 officers off streets amid investigation

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said 72 Philadelphia police officers have been placed on administrative duty amid an initial investigation into a national group’s accusation of officers in at least five states posting racist and anti-Muslim comments on social media. Ross said he believed at least “several dozen” people would be disciplined and he expects some to be fired.

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