Clark Mindock, The Independent

Clark Mindock

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Recent articles by Clark:

More than 300 arrested in worldwide sting of ‘largest dark web child sex abuse marketplace run by bitcoin’

The United States has announced the arrest of 337 people worldwide who took part in “the largest dark web" child sex abuse marketplace. The website, now closed, hosted more than 200,000 unique videos showing illegal sex acts committed against children, toddlers and infants, according to an 18-page criminal indictment unsealed in Washington on Wednesday. → Read More

David Correia: Third man arrested over campaign finance violations involving Rudy Giuliani associates

A third man has been arrested by the FBI in connection to a campaign finance scheme involving two associates of Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump's personal lawyer. David Correia was arrested on Wednesday at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York, after flying there to turn himself in on charges related to a scheme to funnel money from international sources to a Republican → Read More

Trump says Kurds are 'no angels', after US allies helped defeat Isis

Donald Trump has described Kurds as "no angels" as he attempted to defend his decision to allow Turkey's offensive in Syria. The comments from the president — who also said it was "fine" for Russia to assist Assad regime in the conflict — come despite Kurdish forces being longstanding allies of the US who played a key role in the defeat of Isis. → Read More

Trump impeachment: State department official says he was sidelined by 'three amigos' as White House obscured traditional diplomacy

George Kent, the deputy secretary of state responsible for European and Eurasian affairs, has told House investigators that he was told to “lie low” earlier this year as unorthodox diplomatic channels were set up to deal with the country now at the centre of an impeachment inquiry of the president. → Read More

Executed man's daughter seeks DNA test 13 years after his death

The daughter of a man executed 13 years ago in Tennessee is hoping to prove her father’s innocence through a DNA test, 13 years after his death from lethal injection. April Alley asked a judge to order the testing of DNA evidence in the case, after a tip came in to the Innocence Project from law enforcement officers detailing a possible alternative perpetrator. → Read More

Hunter Biden admits 'poor judgment' in taking Ukraine oil company role, but says he did nothing improper

Hunter Biden says that he used “poor judgement” in taking a board seat with a Ukrainian energy company, a posting that has been dredged up by Donald Trump to try and smear his father, Joe Biden. → Read More

Montana bomb: IED explodes in elementary school playground just before classes begin

A bomb has exploded at an elementary school in Helena, Montana, just before classes were set to start, according to authorities who are searching for clues as to the reason behind the improvised explosive device in the unlikely American target. The explosion in the state's capital city followed after no threats were made against Rossiter Elementary school, Lewis and Clark → Read More

Harry Dunn: Family of British teenager killed in car crash to visit White House

Harry Dunn's family has been invited to the White House for an "urgent meeting", as they seek to pressure the woman suspected of killing their son to return to the United Kingdom. The invitation, which was confirmed to The Independent by the family's lawyer, comes just a day after the family held a press conference in New York, just blocks away from Donald Trump's famed Trump → Read More

California to become US first state to require universities to provide abortion on campus

California is the first state to require all of its public universities to provide medication abortions, marking an expansion of the option at a time when access across the country is under siege. The medication must be made available at all 34 universities by January 2023, after governor Gavin Newsom signed the “College Student Right to Access Act” Friday. → Read More

Panera Bread employee fired for posting viral TikTok showing boiled mac and cheese

A Panera Bread employee has been fired after a TikTok video of hers went viral, showing that the restaurant chain heats up frozen mac and cheese for all of its customers. The TikTok video — titled "exposing panera" — was posted by a woman, identified online as Bri, who can be seen in the video walking into the restaurant’s kitchen, picking up a frozen packet, and putting it → Read More

Trump halts trade negotiations with Turkey and threatens to 'swiftly destroy' their economy

Donald Trump says he plans on authorising fresh sanctions on Turkish officials and halting trade negotiations with the country, after Turkey's military began "destabilizing actions" in northeast Syria. → Read More

Harry Dunn’s parents call on Trump to intervene over fatal crash: ‘What if it was your child?’

The parents of Harry Dunn, the 19-year-old motorcyclist killed in a crash have called on Donald Trump to intervene in their campaign to get the US diplomat’s wife involved to come to the UK, asking what he would do if tragedy were to befall his own son. → Read More

California wildfires: One dead as Los Angeles blaze spreads quickly in peak season

Hot and extremely dry conditions in California have caused a wildfire to grow to nearly 5,000 acres outside of Los Angeles, threatening thousands of homes and leading to mandatory evacuations for more than 100,000 as the state enters peak wildfire season. The fire, dubbed the Saddleridge Brush Fire, started on Thursday evening, and quickly grew from 60 acres to 4,600 over an → Read More

Thousands evacuate over California wildfires

Wildfires have forced thousands to evacuate northern Los Angeles communities, after a blaze spread from 60 acres to 1,600 acres within hours. The fire in northern Los Angeles has been dubbed the Saddleridge Brush Fire, and is among at least two blazes of concern. The other fire was sparked by burning trash dropped by a dump truck in Riverside County, around 70 miles east of → Read More

Trump tax returns: Court orders president to hand over financial records to Congress

A federal appeals court has ordered Donald Trump's accountants to provide Congress with the president's financial records, in the latest victory for House Democrats as they seek to pull back the curtain on his business dealings. → Read More

Lindsey Graham tricked by Russians in prank phone call

Senator Lindsey Graham has been tricked into prank phone calls by Russian pranksters posing as Turkey’s minister of defence, Hulusi Akar. The Republican senator, who has become a key ally of Donald Trump’s, can be heard in the August recordings discussing his sympathy for the Turkish government’s opposition to Kurds in the region — a statement that appears to contradict his → Read More

Trump tax returns: Deutsche Bank 'does not have president's financial documents', court says

Deutsche Bank says it does not hold copies of Donald Trump’s tax returns, according to a letter sent by the company to the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals. The disclosure is the latest development in an ongoing battle between the president and House Democrats, who have sought to force the German lender to release banking records from Mr Trump and his family. → Read More

Florida teachers can now bring guns to school

Teachers in some parts of Florida can now carry guns inside the classroom. → Read More

Republican donors who helped Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani in Ukraine arrested over campaign finance violations

Two Republican donors who reportedly have ties to Rudy Giuliani‘s dealings in Ukraine have been arrested on campaign finance charges, according to the US Southern District Court in New York. → Read More

Trump rages at Fox News after poll shows most Americans want him impeached: 'Much different than it used to be in the good old days'

Donald Trump has vented his anger at Fox News after a poll commissioned by the network showed most Americans want him to be impeached. The survey indicated 51 per cent of across the US thought the president should be impeached, a significant rise on 42 per cent who said so last month. And Mr Trump made his displeasure clear with the network, which has historically been → Read More