First came the desperate appeal for more help. Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of Puerto Rico’s main city San Juan, made it clear with a T-shirt slogan that read: "Help Us, We Are Dying." In interviews she pleaded for more federal aid for an island battered by Hurricane Maria, where she said people had no choice but to drink from creeks. And then she addressed her message directly to the President. “I keep saying it: SOS. If anyone can hear us; if Mr. Trump can hear us, let's just get it over with and get the ball rolling," she told CNN. Hurricane Maria pummels the Caribbean, in pictures Donald Trump heard her but was not impressed. As he has done so many times before he used Twitter to hit back at what he took to be personal criticism, accusing Ms Cruz of poor leadership. San Juan mayor focussed on 'saving lives' not Trump row 01:05 The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 …Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 …want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job. Puerto Rico was totally destroyed.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 His remarks sparked outrage on social media. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and original star of “Hamilton”, said the president was "going straight to hell". You're going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump. No long lines for you. Someone will say, "Right this way, sir." They'll clear a path. https://t.co/xXfJH0KJmw— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 30, 2017 I this it's clear where the 'poor leadership' lies @realDonaldTrump Puerto Rico is part of the United States. This is our responsibility.— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) September 30, 2017 The definition of "poor leadership" is sitting at your golf club while millions of US citizens beg for your help, @realDonaldTrump.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 30, 2017 Don’t let anyone make you feel alone. We are with you and Puerto Rico. https://t.co/CxI1eRXJ8L— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 30, 2017 After winning praise for his response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which stormed through Texas and Florida respectively, Mr Trump has been accused of neglecting Puerto Rico, home to 3.4 million Americans. He spent last weekend addressing supporters in Alabama and igniting a row over American footballers and their attitude to the American flag and anthem, a dispute that appeared to preoccupy the President for days. At least 16 people died on the island when the hurricane barrelled ashore. It took until Thursday, more than a week after Maria struck, for the administration to waive a law that banned foreign ships from delivering goods to Puerto Rico. Almost half the population remains without potable water and no-one knows when the island’s electricity grid will be back online. He later resumed the defence of his handling of the crisis in a series of tweets. To the people of Puerto Rico: Do not believe the #FakeNews!#PRStrong����— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 My Administration, Governor @RicardoRossello, and many others are working together to help the people of Puerto Rico in every way…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 ……#FakeNews critics are working overtime, but we're getting great marks from the people that truly matter! #PRStrong����— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 For her part, Ms Cruz avoided engaging in a tit-for-tat battle, instead calling for a united focus on the people who need help as she posted a collage of images showing her aiding residents. In one photograph she is up to her waste in water. The goal is one: saving lives. This is the time to show our "true colors". We cannot be distracted by anything else. pic.twitter.com/7PAINk19xM— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) September 30, 2017 "I have only one goal, and it is saving lives," Ms Cruz, mayor of Puerto Rico's largest city, said in an interview with Bloomberg. "I will say whatever needs to be said or done to be able to do that. There should be no distractions. There's no time for anything else." In an interview on MSNBC, she said: “I was asking for help. I wasn’t saying anything nasty about the president.” Mr Trump is expected to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday and was scheduled to have a one-hour telephone briefing on Saturday with Brock Long, Federal Emergency Management Agency head, Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, and other local officials.
The premiers of two regions where the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party made big gains in Sunday’s national election warned that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives must change course to stop the former East Germany’s rightward drift. Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) suffered big losses across much of Germany in the election, in which the AfD, with its anti-immigration message, became the first far-right party in the national parliament in over half a century. Prospects for a three-way pact nonetheless improved on Saturday when the Greens voted at a special congress to start exploratory talks on a deal despite reservations about the other parties’ harder-line immigration policies.
Despite an earlier report that alleged Hugh Hefner's wife, Crystal Harris, wouldn't get any of his reported $43 million after his death, a new report is claiming he actually secretly set her up to get millions.
A police dog in Canada accidentally fired a handgun when its handlers were investigation a fight outside a shop. Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were called to a supermarket in Chestermere, Alberta, when witnessed reported two men assaulting another man with a handgun. The police dog was tracking the suspects who had fled the scene when it uncovered a gun in a bushy area near the store.
The United States is communicating with North Korea as it seeks to encourage the regime to abandon its build up of nuclear weapons, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. Mr Tillerson made his comments in Beijing after holding talks with Chinese leaders on Saturday amid rising concerns over Pyongyang's military programme. Washington is known to have back channels which it uses to help negotiate the release of US citizens who have been held captive in the North. But Mr Tillerson's disclosure suggests US officials are also using secret talks to convince Pyongyang to hold official negotiations aimed at easing tensions. Global Nuclear Weapons Inventories 2017 "We are probing, so stay tuned," he told reporters. "We ask. We have lines of communication with Pyongyang. We're not in a dark situation, a blackout, we have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang." "We can talk to them, we do talk to them," he said. Asked whether China was acting as a go-between for the contacts, Mr Tillerson said: "Our own channels." Tensions have increased in northeast Asia with Kim Jong-un’s regime carrying out a series a missile tests and detonating a nuclear bomb earlier this month. South Korean media reported on Saturday that North Korean missiles were being moved from a research facility, suggesting another provocation could be imminent. North Korean missile ranges During his visit to Beijing, Mr Tillerson also discussed arrangements for a trip by Donald Trump to China in November, and Mr Xi spoke about his close relationship with the US President. He has met him in Florida in April and at the G20 summit in Hamburg in July. The leaders have also held several phone calls. "I have enjoyed each and every one of those engagements and we have made considerable efforts to push for the development of China-US relations," Mr Xi said. North Korea shrugs off Donald Trump's threat as 'dog's bark' 00:33 "The two of us have also maintained a good working relationship and personal friendship." Mr Tillerson’s arrival to Beijing had been delayed due to technical difficulties with his plane in Tokyo. Beijing has been pushing for negotiations between the US and Pyongyang amid the current tensions. China’s Global Times newspaper said there were “two trains of thought” with regards to Pyongyang’s increasingly frequent provocations: “Crush North Korea or talk to North Korea.” “China and Russia hold the latter view,” the newspaper said. “The US, South Korea and Japan should respect China and Russia's down-to-earth attitude toward North Korea's nuclear issue and act in concert with China and Russia.” North Korea | Kim Jong-un’s fiery relationship with the US
Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Iraqi Kurdish authorities would pay the price for an independence referendum which was widely opposed by foreign powers. Iraq’s Kurds overwhelmingly backed independence in Monday’s referendum, defying neighboring countries which fear the vote could fuel Kurdish separatism within their own borders and lead to fresh conflict. “They are not forming an independent state, they are opening a wound in the region to twist the knife in,” Erdogan told members of his ruling AK Party in the eastern Turkish city of Erzurum.