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World breaking news today (April 3): U.S. Capitol Police officer dies after attacker rammed car into checkpoint

April 03, 2021 | 10:01

World breaking news today (April 3): U.S. Capitol Police officer dies after attacker rammed car into checkpoint. Meanwhile, Iran and US on track to return to nuclear deal, 66 million dollar fighter badly damaged upon hitting a bird, and gold price also make headlines today.

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At the scene (Photo: AFP)

U.S. Capitol Police officer dies after attacker rammed car into checkpoint

A U.S. Capitol Police officer was killed and another injured after a man drove a car into a security barricade at the Capitol complex on Friday, acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said.

The driver was shot after jumping out of the car with a knife and failing to respond to verbal commands and "lunging" at the officers, Pittman said. The suspect was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

Four senior law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation identified the suspect as a 25-year-old man from Indiana, Noah Green.

The fallen officer was identified as William Evans, who was known as Billy. Evans was an 18-year veteran of the Capitol Police, and a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit, Pittman said.

The extent of the injuries to the second officer were not clear. The Capitol Police said in a statement early Friday evening that the officer "is in stable and non-life threatening condition." Earlier, President Joe Biden had said the officer was "fighting for his life."

Robert Contee, acting chief of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, said that his department would take over the investigation, according to NBC News.

Iran and US on track to return to nuclear deal

Tehran and Washington are on the right track to come back into compliance with the Iran nuclear deal but progress will not be easy, Russia has said following virtual talks.

In a positive sign, the parties have agreed to meet formally in person in Vienna on Tuesday.

The virtual meeting of the joint commission, which is based in the Austrian capital, followed a breakthrough earlier in the week in private talks on how Iran and the US could come back into full compliance with the deal on a step-by-step basis.

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A mural of the Iranian flag in Tehran. Iran has taken a series steps away from the deal since Donald Trump withdrew US participation in 2018. (Photo: EPA)

The Russian ambassador in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, described the meeting as businesslike. “The impression is that we are on the right track but the way ahead will not be easy and will require intensive efforts,” he said. “The stakeholders seem to be ready for that.”

He had said before the meeting that the most prudent option would be “to agree on initial and significant steps in order to create a much more favourable climate to go fast to the destination point with full implementation of the JCPOA by all sides”.

There had been significant changes in the US position, he was quoted by Guardian.

The 66 million dollar fighter badly damaged upon hitting a bird

American / A-18F fighter crashed during low flight training in California, causing engine failure, possibly over $ 2.5 million in damage.

The incident occurred near the naval air base of El Centro, California on March 22 during the low flight training of the F / A-18F Super Hornet fighter belonging to the 106th Fighter Squadron, but the information is only available. US Navy announced today 1/4.

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(Photo: Electro Deal Pro)

“The pilot and the arms control officer were not injured, the aircraft also landed safely after the incident,” said Atlantic Navy Air Force spokesman Robert Myers.

Post-flight examination showed that the air intakes and the right engine of the Super Hornet were badly damaged after the impact. The US Naval Safety Center rated this as the most serious class A incident, defined as accidents that caused more than $ 2.5 million in damage to weapons or completely damaged aircraft. death or permanent disability, according to Electro Deal Pro.

Taiwan prosecutors seek arrest warrant for suspect in deadly train crash

Taiwanese prosecutors have sought an arrest warrant for a construction site manager whose truck is believed to have caused a train accident in which at least 50 people died.

The crash, Taiwan’s worst rail accident in seven decades, occurred after an express train hit a truck that had slid down a bank next to the track from a construction site. The manager of the construction site is suspected of having failed to engage the brake properly.

The train was carrying almost 500 people on its way from Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, to Taitung on the east coast, when it derailed in a tunnel just north of Hualien.

Yu Hsiu-duan, head of the Hualien prosecutors office, told reporters late on Friday an arrest warrant had been sought and that was now was being handled by the court system.

Workers on Saturday began moving the back part of the train, which was relatively undamaged having come to a stop outside the tunnel, down the track and away from the site of an accident.

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(Photo: Reuters)

The more heavily damaged sections of the train are still mangled inside the tunnel.

President Tsai Ing-wen is due in Hualien on Saturday to visit survivors, her office said. The government has also declared flags should be flown at half mast for three days in a show of mourning.

The accident happened at the start of a long holiday weekend and the train was packed with tourists and people going home.

Gold price forecast – gold markets hanging onto support level

The gold markets were quiet on Friday, and depending on which market you trade, they may not have even been opened due to the fact that it was Good Friday, FX Empire said.

Gold markets have been trying to hang on to the $1700 level for a while, which is a crucial support level. The market has formed a short-term double bottom, and if we can hang on to it, this could be an excellent turnaround. I do not anticipate this happening though, because quite frankly the interest rates in America continue to climb and of course gold would not have reacted to it on Friday. The bond market was open, but we gained something like 3.6 basis points, which is toxic for gold. This tends to make the US dollar strengthened, due to the fact that there is more yield to be had in that country. Think of it this way: would you rather pay for storage of gold and not earn any type of return, or would you rather simply clip coupons on a bond and make a real rate of return?

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(Photo: Latam Mining)
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