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Driver says he had ‘sun in his eyes’


The driver of the car which was hit by George Clooney’s scooter in Sardinia has said he had the “sun in his eyes” – and that was why he had moved into the opposite lane.

CCTV footage shows the moment the Hollywood star ploughed into the bonnet of the Mercedes estate car on Tuesday.

The Ocean’s Eleven actor’s helmet smashed the car’s windscreen as he was flung into the air before landing on the ground.

A motorcycle and car at the scene of the accident
A motorcycle and car at the scene of the accident

Italian news agency ANSA quoted driver Antonello Viglino as saying he was “stationary on the roadway” and ready to turn left when two motorcycles came from the other direction.

Mr Viglino says the first, thought to be Clooney’s bodyguard, “avoided collision” but the second “slammed into me”.

Amal Clooney and George Clooney
Clooney and his wife Amal at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding

The 67-year-old told the Corriere della Sera newspaper that he had just slightly moved into the opposite lane, adding: “I didn’t see anything, I had the sun in my eyes.”

Clooney was treated and released from Olbia Hospital on the island.

A spokesman said: “He is recovering at his home and will be fine.”

The actor is in Sardinia filming Catch 22, a television adaptation of Joseph Heller’s book of the same name.

The miniseries will be his first television role since 2009, when he made his last appearance as Dr Doug Ross on ER.

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Papa John’s founder John Schnatter resigns as chairman after using N-word


The founder of Papa John’s Pizza has resigned as the company’s chairman after using the N-word on a conference call.

John Schnatter, who has been the public face of the global restaurant chain, caused controversy in May when he said: “Colonel Sanders called blacks n******.”

He then complained that Mr Sanders, who founded KFC, had never received a backlash for using the racial slur.

According to Forbes, the 56-year-old also spoke about his early life in Indiana on the conference call, and claimed people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died.

Although Mr Schnatter’s comments were apparently intended to illustrate his opposition to racism, several people on the call said they found his remarks offensive.

 The founder of Papa John's pizza, John Schnatter, apologized for using the N-word on a conference call in May.
Mr Schnatter has been the public face of the pizza delivery chain

Mr Schnatter, who founded Papa John’s in 1984 and owns 29% of the company, said: “News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true.

“Regardless of the context, I apologise. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”

Late on Wednesday, Papa John’s confirmed it had accepted his resignation – adding that it plans to appoint a new chairman in the coming weeks.

He was forced to resign as Papa John’s chief executive last year after he criticised the NFL for its handling of national anthem protests by players.

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We are not heroes after Thai cave rescue


One of the British divers who helped save 12 schoolboys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Thailand has downplayed claims the team are “heroes”.

John Volanthen has returned to Britain after the successful mission to reach the stranded group in an underground network in Chiang Rai province.

After landing at Heathrow Airport, Mr Volanthen spoke of the relief he felt at seeing the boys rescued after an 18-day ordeal in the Luang Nang Non cave, but was modest about his extraordinary feat.

“We were very pleased and we were very relieved that they were all alive but I think at that point we realised the enormity of the situation and that’s perhaps why it took a while to get them all out,” he told Sky News.

He added: “We are not heroes. What we do is very calculating, very calm. It’s quite the opposite.”

British cave diver John Volanthen returns from Thailand after the successful cave rescue of the 12 young footballers and their coach
British cave diver John Volanthen returns from Thailand after the successful cave rescue of the 12 young footballers and their coach
Footage of the boys in hospital was shown in a press conference in Chiang Rai
Footage of the boys in hospital was shown in a press conference in Chiang Rai

There have been calls for Mr Volanthen and Rick Stanton to receive awards for their efforts.

But Mr Volanthen credited the international team of military, navy and civilian divers who all “pulled together”.

He also paid tribute to Thai navy diver Saman Kunan, who died while replenishing oxygen canisters, saying his death brought a “bittersweet” taste to an otherwise successful operation.

The IT consultant, in his 40s, who is based in Bristol, and Mr Stanton, a fireman from Coventry who is in his 50s, reached the group nine days after they went missing deep within the labyrinth.

The final four boys and their 25-year-old coach were brought to safety on Tuesday, having entered the network for exploration on 23 June before it became flooded by monsoon rains.

Their rescue was particularly treacherous because the boys, aged 11 to 16, had to swim through tight spaces despite having no previous diving experience. They were given a tranquilliser to keep them calm throughout the process.

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First pictures of cave rescue boys in hospital

On Wednesday video showed the boys recuperating in an isolation ward in hospital, chatting to each other and making two-finger victory signs while their parents waved to them through a glass window.

But it has also emerged that the operation almost ended in disaster when the water pumps failed in the final stage.

Commander Chaiyananta Peeranarong, who was the last to leave the cave, has revealed how he heard shouts of alarm as the pumps failed in an area between two chambers, filling them with water as 20 rescuers remained inside.

“Suddenly the Australian guy who was overseeing that area started shouting that the water pump had stopped working,” said Mr Chaiyananta.

“If you didn’t use the water pump in that location, you could only come out with an oxygen tank,” he said, adding the remaining people did not have diving gear to hand.

“By the time the last diver was out, the water was already at head level, almost to the point where he needed an oxygen tank.”

Danish diver Claus Rasmussen told Sky News how brave he thought the boys were.

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“They’re stronger than most other people around. Had it been anywhere else than Thailand then I’m absolutely sure that none of those kids would be in any condition compared to what these boys are. They’re super strong.”

Mr Rasmussen said the operation had left him “wasted – completely and utterly” and that he was looking forward to getting back to normal life again.

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Donald Trump boasts of NATO win


Donald Trump claims NATO spending will increase “like never before” following an emergency meeting.

The US president said members had agreed over two days of meetings in Brussels to increasing spending by £33bn – and to pay it “more quickly”.

He said it was a “fantastic two days – the most magical I think I’ve ever lived” and said the other members are “really liking” what had been agreed.

The president claimed victory for getting Germany, and the other members, to increase their defence spending to 2% of GDP.

However, Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, denied his US counterpart’s claim that NATO allies agreed to boost spending over 2%.

He said he did not think increasing defence spending to 4% would be a good idea, after confirming France will meet its commitment to spend 2% of its GDP by 2024.

Donald Trump speaks in Brussels ahead of his UK tour
Donald Trump claimed victory for getting NATO members to increase defence spending

Speaking at a last-minute news conference in Brussels, Mr Trump said: “The commitment was at 2% but ultimately that will be going up.

“The US commitment to NATO remains very strong but the spirit everyone has and the additional money they will be putting up has been really amazing.

“I hope that we’re going to be able to get along with Russia, I think we probably will be able to.

“Nevertheless they stepped it up even further.

“We are doing numbers that we’ve never done before.”

Mr Trump also appeared to have changed his mind since tweeting negatively about NATO on Wednesday.

He said that NATO was “another strong ally” that was “stronger than individual countries”.

“I believe in NATO,” he said.

However, he added several times that he thought the US was paying for “far too much” of the alliance and that NATO helped Europe more than it helped the US.

In response to a question about whether he would now alter the way he tweets because of the newly supported alliance, he said: “No, I’m very consistent, I’m a very stable genius.”

He had picked Germany and Spain out for not paying enough towards NATO spending.

However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be pleased after agreeing to increase spending.

She said it was an “intense summit” and “there was a clear commitment to NATO by all”.

President Macron said the meetings over the past two days were “respectful”.

He also said that Mr Trump “never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO”, as had been reported.

Donald's Trump's Turnberry hotel, which is on the Ayrshire coast
Donald Trump will spend two days at his Turnberry golf course in Scotland

The US president was asked about his visit to the UK, where protests are planned against him.

Speaking half an hour before getting on a plane to the UK, Mr Trump said: “I think it’s fine. I think they like me a lot in the UK, they agree with me on immigration.

“I’m going to a pretty hotspot right now with a lot of resignations.

“I told them today that the EU needs to be very careful because immigration is taking over Europe, I said that loud and clear.”

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Police prepare for Trump’s visit

On Brexit, he said: “I’ve been reading a lot about Brexit and it seems to be going a little differently recently.

“It’s not for me to say, I own a lot of property there and I’m going to Turnberry in Scotland, which is a magical place, while I wait for the Monday meeting.

“I have great friendships, my mother was born in Scotland.

“But it’s not for me to say, I’d like to see it go quickly.

“I would say that Brexit is Brexit, the people voted to break it up so I would imagine that’s what they would do but they may be taking a bit of a different route.

“I just want the people to be happy because they’re great people.

“Sure there’ll be protests, but I believe the people in the UK, Scotland, Ireland, as you know I have property in Ireland, I have property everywhere.

“I think the people like me a lot.”

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Homeless man with no arms charged with stabbing tourist in Florida


A homeless beach artist with no arms has been charged with stabbing a tourist in Florida.

Jonathan Crenshaw, who paints pictures with his feet and weighs around 90lbs, was arrested in Miami Beach for allegedly stabbing a tourist from Chicago with a pair of scissors.

The Florida native clutched the scissors with his feet and knifed 22-year-old Cesar Coronado twice before running away, according to the arrest report.

Crenshaw, 46, told police he was lying down when the tourist approached him and punched him in the head.

Mr Coronado told investigators he had stopped to ask Crenshaw for directions before he jumped up and stabbed him.

After the attack, Crenshaw is alleged to have put the scissors back into his waistband and quickly left the area.

Police found Mr Coronado bleeding from his left arm and he was taken to hospital for treatment, the Miami Herald reported.

It noted that Crenshaw is a popular fixture in the area and is known for painting canvases along a trendy spot in the neighbourhood of South Beach in the city of Miami Beach.

Cindy Barrientos, who was travelling with Mr Coronado, described the attacker as a homeless man with no arms to officers.

He was found a short distance away and arrested after midnight on Tuesday.

Crenshaw, who has been charged with aggravated battery, has a court date on 18 July.

His arrest record includes offences dating back to 2008 for trespassing, disorderly intoxication, vandalism and battery on police officers among others.

He once told the Miami New Times that he impregnated many women, including pop singer Gloria Estefan, who he said gave birth to 200 of his children.

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