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Trump has a history of questioning Obama’s commitment to his faith and country
Questions about whether Trump intentionally encourages his supporters to believe such things resurfaced at a campaign rally Thursday

Trump has long been one of the most vocal skeptics about Obama’s birthplace and faith.
Four years ago, Trump mounted a campaign to pressure Obama to release his long-form birth certificate, even saying he would send investigators to Hawaii to find out the truth. The effort helped fuel the so-called “birther” conspiracy theory that held that Obama was born in Kenya — and Trump also floated the idea that Obama’s birth documents may label him a Muslim.
“He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim,” Trump told Fox News in 2011. “I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that.”
His accusations reached such a high decibel level that in April 2011, Obama appeared in the White House briefing room to denounce Trump and release the long-form version of his birth certificate.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama told reporters. “We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do.”

Obama’s staff posted the birth certificate on the wall of the White House briefing room to serve as a permanent answer to reporters who had additional questions. The certificate is accessible on the White House website.
On occasion, the President has turned the tables by lampooning Trump for his statements. During the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in 2011, Obama announced that he would release his official birth video — and then showed the opening scene from “The Lion King,” to roars of laughter from the audience.
Trump, captured on camera during the dinner, looked unamused — and refused to relent.
In 2012, after Madonna made what she later called an “ironic” remark on stage that Obama was “a black Muslim,” Trump tweeted, “Does Madonna know something we all don’t about Barack? At a concert she said ‘we have a black Muslim in the White House.'”

And during a candidate forum in Iowa earlier this year, when asked about Obama’s commitment to the United States, Trump replied, “I don’t know if he loves America.”
Questions about whether Trump intentionally encourages his supporters to believe such claims resurfaced at a campaign rally Thursday. Trump is under fire after he …Read More

Story highlights
Trump has a history of questioning Obama’s commitment to his faith and country
Questions about whether Trump intentionally encourages his supporters to believe such things resurfaced at a campaign rally Thursday

Trump has long been one of the most vocal skeptics about Obama’s birthplace and faith.
Four years ago, Trump mounted a campaign to pressure Obama to release his long-form birth certificate, even saying he would send investigators to Hawaii to find out the truth. The effort helped fuel the so-called “birther” conspiracy theory that held that Obama was born in Kenya — and Trump also floated the idea that Obama’s birth documents may label him a Muslim.
“He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim,” Trump told Fox News in 2011. “I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that.”
His accusations reached such a high decibel level that in April 2011, Obama appeared in the White House briefing room to denounce Trump and release the long-form version of his birth certificate.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama told reporters. “We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do.”

Obama’s staff posted the birth certificate on the wall of the White House briefing room to serve as a permanent answer to reporters who had additional questions. The certificate is accessible on the White House website.
On occasion, the President has turned the tables by lampooning Trump for his statements. During the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in 2011, Obama announced that he would release his official birth video — and then showed the opening scene from “The Lion King,” to roars of laughter from the audience.
Trump, captured on camera during the dinner, looked unamused — and refused to relent.
In 2012, after Madonna made what she later called an “ironic” remark on stage that Obama was “a black Muslim,” Trump tweeted, “Does Madonna know something we all don’t about Barack? At a concert she said ‘we have a black Muslim in the White House.'”

And during a candidate forum in Iowa earlier this year, when asked about Obama’s commitment to the United States, Trump replied, “I don’t know if he loves America.”
Questions about whether Trump intentionally encourages his supporters to believe such claims resurfaced at a campaign rally Thursday. Trump is under fire after he …Read More

Story highlights
Trump has a history of questioning Obama’s commitment to his faith and country
Questions about whether Trump intentionally encourages his supporters to believe such things resurfaced at a campaign rally Thursday

Trump has long been one of the most vocal skeptics about Obama’s birthplace and faith.
Four years ago, Trump mounted a campaign to pressure Obama to release his long-form birth certificate, even saying he would send investigators to Hawaii to find out the truth. The effort helped fuel the so-called “birther” conspiracy theory that held that Obama was born in Kenya — and Trump also floated the idea that Obama’s birth documents may label him a Muslim.
“He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim,” Trump told Fox News in 2011. “I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that.”
His accusations reached such a high decibel level that in April 2011, Obama appeared in the White House briefing room to denounce Trump and release the long-form version of his birth certificate.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama told reporters. “We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do.”

Obama’s staff posted the birth certificate on the wall of the White House briefing room to serve as a permanent answer to reporters who had additional questions. The certificate is accessible on the White House website.
On occasion, the President has turned the tables by lampooning Trump for his statements. During the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in 2011, Obama announced that he would release his official birth video — and then showed the opening scene from “The Lion King,” to roars of laughter from the audience.
Trump, captured on camera during the dinner, looked unamused — and refused to relent.
In 2012, after Madonna made what she later called an “ironic” remark on stage that Obama was “a black Muslim,” Trump tweeted, “Does Madonna know something we all don’t about Barack? At a concert she said ‘we have a black Muslim in the White House.'”

And during a candidate forum in Iowa earlier this year, when asked about Obama’s commitment to the United States, Trump replied, “I don’t know if he loves America.”
Questions about whether Trump intentionally encourages his supporters to believe such claims resurfaced at a campaign rally Thursday. Trump is under fire after he …Read More

Story highlights
Trump has a history of questioning Obama’s commitment to his faith and country
Questions about whether Trump intentionally encourages his supporters to believe such things resurfaced at a campaign rally Thursday

Trump has long been one of the most vocal skeptics about Obama’s birthplace and faith.
Four years ago, Trump mounted a campaign to pressure Obama to release his long-form birth certificate, even saying he would send investigators to Hawaii to find out the truth. The effort helped fuel the so-called “birther” conspiracy theory that held that Obama was born in Kenya — and Trump also floated the idea that Obama’s birth documents may label him a Muslim.
“He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim,” Trump told Fox News in 2011. “I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that.”
His accusations reached such a high decibel level that in April 2011, Obama appeared in the White House briefing room to denounce Trump and release the long-form version of his birth certificate.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama told reporters. “We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do.”

Obama’s staff posted the birth certificate on the wall of the White House briefing room to serve as a permanent answer to reporters who had additional questions. The certificate is accessible on the White House website.
On occasion, the President has turned the tables by lampooning Trump for his statements. During the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in 2011, Obama announced that he would release his official birth video — and then showed the opening scene from “The Lion King,” to roars of laughter from the audience.
Trump, captured on camera during the dinner, looked unamused — and refused to relent.
In 2012, after Madonna made what she later called an “ironic” remark on stage that Obama was “a black Muslim,” Trump tweeted, “Does Madonna know something we all don’t about Barack? At a concert she said ‘we have a black Muslim in the White House.'”

And during a candidate forum in Iowa earlier this year, when asked about Obama’s commitment to the United States, Trump replied, “I don’t know if he loves America.”
Questions about whether Trump intentionally encourages his supporters to believe such claims resurfaced at a campaign rally Thursday. Trump is under fire after he …Read More

Story highlights
Trump has a history of questioning Obama’s commitment to his faith and country
Questions about whether Trump intentionally encourages his supporters to believe such things resurfaced at a campaign rally Thursday

Trump has long been one of the most vocal skeptics about Obama’s birthplace and faith.
Four years ago, Trump mounted a campaign to pressure Obama to release his long-form birth certificate, even saying he would send investigators to Hawaii to find out the truth. The effort helped fuel the so-called “birther” conspiracy theory that held that Obama was born in Kenya — and Trump also floated the idea that Obama’s birth documents may label him a Muslim.
“He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim,” Trump told Fox News in 2011. “I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that.”
His accusations reached such a high decibel level that in April 2011, Obama appeared in the White House briefing room to denounce Trump and release the long-form version of his birth certificate.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama told reporters. “We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do.”

Obama’s staff posted the birth certificate on the wall of the White House briefing room to serve as a permanent answer to reporters who had additional questions. The certificate is accessible on the White House website.
On occasion, the President has turned the tables by lampooning Trump for his statements. During the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in 2011, Obama announced that he would release his official birth video — and then showed the opening scene from “The Lion King,” to roars of laughter from the audience.
Trump, captured on camera during the dinner, looked unamused — and refused to relent.
In 2012, after Madonna made what she later called an “ironic” remark on stage that Obama was “a black Muslim,” Trump tweeted, “Does Madonna know something we all don’t about Barack? At a concert she said ‘we have a black Muslim in the White House.'”

And during a candidate forum in Iowa earlier this year, when asked about Obama’s commitment to the United States, Trump replied, “I don’t know if he loves America.”
Questions about whether Trump intentionally encourages his supporters to believe such claims resurfaced at a campaign rally Thursday. Trump is under fire after he …Read More

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Hungarian official says 70 people had their asylum applications accepted
Hungary closes border with Serbia, leaving hundreds of migrants gathered at border
Germany and Austria call for an emergency EU summit next Tuesday on crisis

A railway carriage fortified with razor-wire was wheeled in to block the remaining gap in the fence with neighboring Serbia, closing a route that tens of thousands of refugees have used to escape bombings and terrorism in their homelands.
Refugees were trickling into Hungary, according to a government spokesman.
Zoltan Kovacs told CNN’s Hala Gorani that 70 people had their asylum applications accepted and 40 were rejected. About 275 people were arrested at the border.
“Thirty-five of them, mainly women and children, have already been transferred to shelters within the country, according to the European protocol,” Kovacs said.
Hungary is a member of the European Union; Serbia, to its south, is not but is in negotiations to join.

Under laws that took effect Tuesday, anyone caught climbing the fence faces up to three years in jail. Hungarian authorities said arrests had already begun.
“We call this as a temporary fence. Obviously it is … a must decision (rather) than a nice decision,” Kovacs said.
“We don’t like building fences, but up until we are able to reinstate border control on the natural border/green borders of the country, we have no other choice.”
Registration and entry to Hungary will now be possible only at two assigned entry points, he said.
Hungary also plans to expand the fence along its border with Romania to the east, Norbert Domotor, spokesman for the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Tuesday, although he said construction had yet to begin.
In a statement, Amnesty International slammed Hungary’s actions as “ugly” and “draconian.”

“For refugees fleeing from terrifying conflict zones to be met by such an intimidating show of militarized force is shocking, and a woefully irresponsible response to people already traumatized by war and brutality,” said Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Europe.
“This ‘raise the drawbridge’ mentality will simply redirect, but not put an end to, desperate and dangerous journeys.”

Unprecedented influx
Hungarian authorities took action after an unprecedented influx of migrants entering from Serbia.
A record 9,380 migrants made the crossing Monday, Hungarian police said, nearly double the previous record of 5,809 migrants set a day earlier.
The closing of the border left throngs of refugees, carrying everything they had …Read More

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Germany halts train traffic to and from Austria for 13 hours
Nearly 30 people die when their boat capsizes off the Greek coast
Meanwhile, 42 migrants are found alive inside a refrigerated truck in Austria

“The focus will initially lie on the border with Austria,” de Maiziere said. “The goal of this measure is to restrict the present inflow of migrants into Germany and return again to an orderly process upon entry.”
Germany is stopping train traffic to and from Austria for 13 hours, the Austrian Federal Railways said in a tweet. The moratorium on train travel between the two countries will last from 5 p.m. Sunday (noon ET Sunday) until 6 a.m. Monday, the railway agency said.
The announcement of measures by Germany came hours after more than 40 migrants were discovered alive inside a refrigerated truck in northwest Austria, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the German border.
The rescue of those migrants may have prevented a deadly fate if something had gone awry on their covert trip, but others were not so lucky.
Nearly 30 people — almost half of them children — were found dead off the coast of the Greek island of Farmakonisi on Sunday, the Hellenic coast guard said.

At least 125 people were aboard a wooden boat that capsized in the Aegean Sea, coast guard duty officer George Tsapras said. The coast guard rescued 68 people, 29 others swam to shore, and another 28 died.
Search and rescue efforts were ongoing, Tsapras said.
It is unclear if those on the boat were refugees or migrants, as their nationalities and points of origin have not yet been identified, Tsapras said.

Europe struggles for a solution
European leaders have been struggling to cope with the massive influx of people pouring across its borders in recent weeks.
Last week, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker set out proposals for mandatory quotas for EU countries to take in 120,000 refugees who were already in Italy, Greece and Hungary, on top of plans made in May to relocate 40,000 from Italy and Greece.
EU member states must still agree to the European Commission’s proposals, which are backed by Germany. Their interior ministers are due to meet Monday in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the issue.
“The German decision of today underlines the urgency to agree on the measures proposed by the European Commission in order to manage the refugee crisis,” the European Commission said in a statement Sunday.
It said that Germany’s …Read More

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James Blake on CNN: “I could have broken bones, a concussion or worse”
Former tennis star says cop should be fired for dishonoring badge
Officer, put on desk duty after Blake takedown, accused in two earlier lawsuits of using excessive force

What if he hadn’t been so passive, he says, with the stranger who rushed him without saying a word?
“I think about how scary it would have been had I put my arms up and done the normal reaction … to defend myself,” Blake told CNN’s Don Lemon on Saturday.
“If I had any sort of resistance, I wonder what could have happened. I could have broken bones, a concussion or worse.”
The athlete was waiting Wednesday for a car to pick him up and take him to the U.S. Open tennis tournament, where he’s doing corporate appearances. A surveillance video released by the NYPD shows Blake casually standing outside a Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan when the plainclothes cop rushes him and throws him to the ground, then handcuffs and leads him away. In the minute-long video, Blake doesn’t resist.
Blake, 35, told CNN that in the 10 to 15 minutes that he was detained, neither the cop who tackled him nor other officers present identified themselves as law enforcement or displayed their badges.

The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau has interviewed Blake as part of an investigation and provided Blake’s attorney with a copy of the video.
Blake, once ranked No. 4 in the world, vowed in an earlier statement to “use my voice to turn this unfortunate incident into a catalyst for change in the relationship between the police and the public they serve.”
He called on the city “to make a significant financial commitment to improving that relationship, particularly in those neighborhoods where incidents of the type I experienced occur all too frequently.”
Blake said Saturday that he hasn’t decided whether to sue over what police described as a sting operation gone awry.
“I don’t want a lawsuit that says, ‘Here’s $5 million. Go away. We’re not going to talk about this again,'” he said. “I want to talk about this, open dialogue … about real solutions, accountability, about making sure that this isn’t going to happen.”
After calling Blake to apologize, both Mayor Bill de Blasio and police Comissioner William Bratton said in a statement Friday that the incident was being investigated “to determine what contributed to the …Read More

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James Blake on CNN: “I could have broken bones, a concussion or worse”
Former tennis star says cop should be fired for dishonoring badge
Officer, put on desk duty after Blake takedown, accused in two earlier lawsuits of using excessive force

What if he hadn’t been so passive, he says, with the stranger who rushed him without saying a word?
“I think about how scary it would have been had I put my arms up and done the normal reaction … to defend myself,” Blake told CNN’s Don Lemon on Saturday.
“If I had any sort of resistance, I wonder what could have happened. I could have broken bones, a concussion or worse.”
The athlete was waiting Wednesday for a car to pick him up and take him to the U.S. Open tennis tournament, where he’s doing corporate appearances. A surveillance video released by the NYPD shows Blake casually standing outside a Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan when the plainclothes cop rushes him and throws him to the ground, then handcuffs and leads him away. In the minute-long video, Blake doesn’t resist.
Blake, 35, told CNN that in the 10 to 15 minutes that he was detained, neither the cop who tackled him nor other officers present identified themselves as law enforcement or displayed their badges.

The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau has interviewed Blake as part of an investigation and provided Blake’s attorney with a copy of the video.
Blake, once ranked No. 4 in the world, vowed in an earlier statement to “use my voice to turn this unfortunate incident into a catalyst for change in the relationship between the police and the public they serve.”
He called on the city “to make a significant financial commitment to improving that relationship, particularly in those neighborhoods where incidents of the type I experienced occur all too frequently.”
Blake said Saturday that he hasn’t decided whether to sue over what police described as a sting operation gone awry.
“I don’t want a lawsuit that says, ‘Here’s $5 million. Go away. We’re not going to talk about this again,'” he said. “I want to talk about this, open dialogue … about real solutions, accountability, about making sure that this isn’t going to happen.”
After calling Blake to apologize, both Mayor Bill de Blasio and police Comissioner William Bratton said in a statement Friday that the incident was being investigated “to determine what contributed to the …Read More

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Witness says crane toppled over during a “sandstorm which turned to rainstorm”
Saudi Civil Defense says via Twitter that storms caused the crane collapse
Mecca’s Masjid al-Haram surrounds Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba

Photos and video on social media showed the crane crashing through the mosque roof and the aftermath, with bodies, blood and debris spread across the courtyard.
The crane fell 10 days before the start of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage expected to bring 2 million people to Mecca. The Masjid al-Haram is the largest mosque in the world and surrounds Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba — a cube-shaped shrine that worshippers circle.

One man said the bad weather contributed to the chaos after the crane toppled over.
“We just washed and were getting ready to head to the Masjid al-Haram for the Maghrib prayer (sunset prayer),” said Yahya Al Hashemi, 30, a CNN iReporter who shot iPhone video of the crane striking the roof of the mosque. “It was a sandstorm which turned to rainstorm and lot of the construction covering boards were flying around, and lots of cracking noises which unfortunately ended with this tragedy. … Everybody were pushing trying to escape from inside towards the exits.”
More than 50 rescue teams and 80 ambulances converged on the mosque as part of the rescue effort after the crane fell at 5:24 p.m. local time (10:23 a.m. ET), said Saudi Civil Defense Director Maj. Gen Suleiman al-Amro.

A strong thunderstorm developed over Mecca at about 4 p.m. local time Friday (9 a.m. ET), bringing gusty winds that shifted direction and caused the local temperature to drop from 42 to 25 degrees Celsius (107.6 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit), CNN meteorologists reported.

Khaled Al-Maeena, editor at large at the Saudi Gazette in Jeddah, said the storm was so strong it uprooted trees and broke window panes throughout Mecca. The crane fell between times the mosque is crowded with people, he said.
“Had it happened an hour later it would have been much worse,” he said. “Had it happened five hours earlier or four hours earlier, I think the death toll would have been more than a thousand.
Construction cranes surround the Grand Mosque, which is being enlarged to make the pilgrimage more manageable, he said
“The irony is that all this expansion was being done to see to the welfare of the pilgrims,” he said.

At least 12 Egyptian pilgrims were injured, the Egyptian health ministry said. Ministry …Read More