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NATO Leaders Gather in Washington for Landmark Summit

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Last Updated on July 9, 2024 by Fellow Press

As NATO leaders converge on Washington this week, they mark the 75th anniversary of the military alliance amidst a backdrop of unprecedented focus and formidable challenges. The summit will address existential threats from external forces, including Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine, the rise of an assertive China, and the Israel-Hamas conflict, while also grappling with internal political tensions among member nations.

Key Issues to Watch at the Three-Day Summit

All Eyes on Biden

President Joe Biden’s performance will be under scrutiny, especially following his recent debate struggles. Diplomats and analysts alike are keen to see if Biden can demonstrate the leadership and vigor necessary to maintain U.S. commitments to NATO. The potential return of former President Donald Trump, a known NATO skeptic, adds another layer of uncertainty to the proceedings.

Not Just About Biden

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer’s debut on the global stage and his first meeting with Biden will be significant, as will the political turmoil in France and the stances of Hungary and Turkey, the last two holdouts in the alliance’s expansion to include Finland and Sweden.

NATO’s Future

Despite its current strength and expansion, NATO faces fragility due to political upheaval in member nations. Leaders will reaffirm their commitment to the “open door” policy, though Ukraine’s membership remains a distant goal due to the ongoing conflict.

Defense Spending and Ukraine Support

Defense spending has been a contentious issue, with Trump previously criticizing NATO allies for not meeting spending goals. This summit will highlight progress, with 23 allies now meeting the 2% GDP defense spending target. Continued support for Ukraine remains a top priority, with significant military and economic aid expected to be pledged.

Addressing the China Challenge

NATO is also addressing threats from China, particularly disinformation campaigns and technological sales that bolster Russia’s military. The summit will include discussions with leaders from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea to coordinate responses to Chinese threats.

As the summit unfolds, the world will be watching to see how NATO navigates these complex challenges and reinforces its position as a pillar of global security and stability.

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Vice President Trump, President Putin Of Ukraine – Biden Goofs At NATO Summit

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Last Updated on July 12, 2024 by Fellow Press

U.S. President Joe Biden had a series of verbal slip-ups on Thursday alongside the NATO summit in Washington, an unfortunate development for the 81-year-old as he tries to move past concerns that he is too old to run for re-election.

Verbal gaffes are not unusual in the long political career of Biden, who overcame a childhood stutter, but there is closer attention on him amid the fallout from his dismal debate performance against Republican candidate Donald Trump last month.

Trump, who is 78, and also has faced concerns about his age, frequently made false claims during the debate and often rambles during campaign speeches.

Below is a summary of Biden’s mistakes on Thursday.

BIDEN MISTAKENLY CALLS ZELENSKIY ‘PUTIN’

Biden mistakenly referred to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as “President Putin”.

“And now I want to hand it over to the president of Ukraine, who has as much courage as he has determination, ladies and gentlemen, President Putin,” Biden said at the NATO summit, drawing gasps from those in the room.

“Going to beat President Putin, President Zelenskiy. I am so focused on beating Putin,” Biden said while correcting himself.

BIDEN MISTAKENLY REFERS TO HARRIS AS TRUMP
During a news conference on Thursday evening, Biden mixed up the name of his vice president, Kamala Harris, and his rival Trump.

“Look, I wouldn’t have picked Vice President Trump to be vice president if she was not qualified to be president. So start there,” Biden said as he responded to a question from Reuters about his confidence in Harris.

BIDEN FUMBLES ‘CHIEFS OF STAFF’
Biden also struggled at the news conference to find the words “chiefs of staff,” mistakenly referring to the group of the country’s top uniformed military leaders as “commander in chief,” the title he holds as president.

“And so our military is working on following the advice of my commander in chief my, my, my, the chiefs of staff, of the military as well as the secretary of defense and our intelligence people.”

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Suspect Located in Triple Crossbow Killings in Bushey

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Last Updated on July 10, 2024 by Fellow Press

Kyle Clifford Found in North London Manhunt Following Deaths of Three Women

A manhunt for Kyle Clifford, 26, who was wanted in connection with the murder of three women in a suspected crossbow attack, has concluded with his capture in north London, police have confirmed. Clifford, a former British Army serviceman, was identified by Hertfordshire police as a suspect in the deaths of Carol Hunt, 61, and her daughters, Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25, at their home in Bushey.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson of Hertfordshire police revealed that the murders appeared to be “targeted.” Clifford was discovered with injuries and is now receiving medical treatment, though no shots were fired during his apprehension.

The search for Clifford led police to Lavender Hill Cemetery, 16 miles from the crime scene, where a significant police presence was observed. Paramedics and ambulances were also on site near a property searched earlier in the day as part of the manhunt.

Police believe Clifford was known to the victims, and no other suspects are being sought. Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit described the situation as “an incredibly difficult time” for the victims’ family, urging respect for their privacy.

“This investigation is moving at pace, and formal identification of the victims is yet to take place,” DI Jenkins stated. “Following extensive enquiries, the suspect has been located, and nobody else is being sought in connection with the investigation at this time. We have had an overwhelming number of calls and would like to express our gratitude to the members of the public who have contacted us.”

Detectives are appealing for any additional information or video footage related to the case.

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