In our news wrap Thursday, international rebuke followed Donald Trump’s remarks that he will not guarantee US defense of NATO allies. Also, the CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, resigned after former show host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against him and 15 others, including Megyn Kelly, came forward with claims of harassment.
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In the day's other news: Donald Trump raised concerns at NATO after suggesting he wouldn't automatically defend allies against Russia, unless they pay more of the cost. He told The New York Times — quote — "If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes."
The head of NATO said two World Wars prove peace in Europe is also important to U.S. security.
In France, investigators say the man behind the deadly truck attack in nice may have started planning a year ago. Mohamed Bouhlel killed 84 people last week when he drove a truck down a beachside promenade packed with Bastille Day revelers. Now a search of his phone suggests he'd been thinking about it for months.
FRANCOIS MOLINS, Paris Prosecutor (through translator):
It found photographs of Nice's fireworks dating back to July 14, 2015. Yes, I said 2015. And it found a photograph of a newspaper article dating back to January 1, 2016, appearing in a local Nice newspaper, headlined — and I quote — "Man Charges Into a Restaurant Terrace With a Truck."
Five suspects already in custody are facing terrorism charges for allegedly aiding in the attack.
Federal police in Brazil say they have broken up a possible terror plot during the Summer Olympics. Brazil's justice minister says 10 suspects pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and talked of striking during the Games. He says they had no specific targets yet. The Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.
The highest tribunal in sports today rejected Russia's appeals to let its track and field athletes compete in Rio. They have been banned over allegations of systematic state-sponsored doping.
Ian Payne of Independent Television News reports from Lausanne, Switzerland.
MATTHIEU REEB, Secretary General, Court of Arbitration for Sport: the Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the request filed by the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes.
So, 68 Russian track and field athletes are banned from Rio unless they can prove they have not been involved in doping. So, stars such as double Olympic poll vaulting champion Yelena Isinbayeva, who trains in Russia, will not appear. She has described the position as the funeral of athletes.
Now the IOC must decide whether to ban the entire Russian team, which won 82 medals at London in 2012, including 24 golds.
Russian sport has been in the dark for the last 18 months, and this week a report claimed Russian secret agents had swapped positive drug tests at their laboratory during the Sochi Winter Games.
In Russia, as the athletes prepared for the Games, the reaction was one of sadness and anger
ALINA VISHNITSKAYA, Russian Sprinter (through translator):
This decision is really frustrating. For some reason, clean sportsmen who have never been caught doping will have to carry this responsibility with everyone else. I wouldn't want this to ever happen again.
Elsewhere within the sport, the reaction was quite different.
USAIN BOLT, Jamaican Sprinter:
If you are the court and you catch somebody, I definitely feel that you should take action. And if you feel like banning the whole team is the right action, then I'm all for it, you know what I mean?
The attention will now switch to the International Olympic Committee, who also have their headquarters here. Legally, they now have the green light to ban the entire Russian team.
The IOC Executive Board meets Sunday to consider that question.
Back in this country, Florida's state law enforcement agency will investigate the police shooting of an unarmed black man in North Miami. Behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey says he was trying to return an autistic patient who had wandered off Monday. Cell phone video showed Kinsey down on his back with his hands up, and identifying himself, before he was shot. He spoke from his hospital bed yesterday.
CHARLES KINSEY, Shooting Victim:
And I'm standing there. I'm like, sir, "Why did you shoot me?"
And his words to me, he said, "I don't know."
As long as I got my hands up, they're not going to shoot me. This is what I'm thinking. they're not going to shoot me. Wow, was I wrong.
The police chief said his officers had been told there was a man with a gun threatening to kill himself. It turned out the autistic man had a toy truck.
The U.S. Justice Department filed suit today to block two major mergers in the health insurance industry. Aetna wants to buy Humana for $34 billion, while Anthem is trying to buy Cigna for $48 billion. Justice officials say the deals would hurt competition and consumers. The companies say getting larger will help them cut prices.
FOX News Channel CEO Roger Ailes has resigned. Parent company 21st Century Fox announced it late today, and said it's effective immediately. Ailes faced growing allegations of sexual harassment.
And on Wall Street, stocks gave some ground after a week-plus rally. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 77 points to close at 18517. The Nasdaq fell 16 points, and the S&P 500 slipped seven.
And the National Basketball Association is moving next year's All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, over a state law on transgender bathrooms. The statute requires people to use public restrooms matching their sex at birth. A league statement says it wants all people to feel welcome at its events, and will choose another city.
Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Turkish prime minister and expressed — quote — "unyielding support" for Turkish democracy.
According to the White House, this comes as the crackdown after last Friday's attempted coup in Turkey continues. And, today, the Parliament cemented emergency legislation giving the government expanded powers.