Thursday, 30 June 2022 – 17:09

Briefing Friday 14th September

Russian president Vladimir Putin stated that the men behind the Novichok nerve agent attack in Salisbury are indeed civilians, not criminals. “We know who they are; we have found them”, said Putin and he added that the two men who were identified in the UK as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, could soon appear in the media and defend their innocence. “These are civilians… there is nothing criminal here.”

Hurricane Florence has started battering North Carolina. The eye of the storm is expected to make landfall on Friday which could mean flooding, with a forecast 20-40 meters of rain and a storm surge of 13 feet. Florence is expected to cause significant devastation as the storm batters the east coast for several days. Trump’s recent denial of the Hurricane Maria death toll will worry Americans that he is not adequately prepared for the latest storms.

Bob Woodward’s much-anticipated book ‘Fear’ has sold more than 750,000 copies in the first of sale in the US. This makes it the fastest selling book in three years, with publisher Simon and Schuster ordering a new printing to meet demand. Washington bookshop Politics and Prose have said many foreign embassies have ordered copies to gain an insight into the Trump White House.

And in other news,

Liberia’s president and former footballer George Weah came out of retirement to play a friendly game in order to retire his former number 14 shirt. His appearance brought significant social media interest as his son, Tim Weah played for the USA on the same day. The 51-year-old was named world player of the year in 1995 and is the only African player to have ever claimed the award. He has since returned to presidential duties.

From the speakerpolitics news desk, you are up to date.

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