Washington – A man reported to have Islamic “extremist leanings” attacked police officers in New York City with a hatchet Thursday, injuring two before being shot dead, police and a monitoring group said.The man, identified in the U.S. media as Zale Thompson, had posted an array of statements on YouTube and Facebook that “display a hyper-racial focus in both religious and historical contexts, and ultimately hint at his extremist leanings,” the SITE monitoring group said.Four police officers in the city’s Queens Borough were posing for a photograph at the request of a freelance photographer when the man walked up and without saying a word attacked them, a city hall statement said. One officer was hit in the arm and another in the head before the officers shot and killed the man, according to police commissioner Bill Bratton.He said police were investigating the motive for the attack, Bratton said, adding that it was too early to determine whether it was terror-related.A 29-year-old bystander was accidentally hit by a bullet in the lower back and taken to a hospital, while the man who took the photograph was cooperating with police and was not considered a suspect, Bratton said.Police described the assailant as being around 32 and having dark skin.SITE, which monitors radical Muslim groups, said that in a comment Thompson had posted to a pro-Islamic State video on Sept.13, 2014, he described “jihad as a justifiable response to the oppression of the ‘Zionists and the Crusaders.’”
Energy companies and miners helped push the Toronto stock market lower Tuesday morning as investors looked for direction amid a dearth of market-moving corporate and economic news.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 8.87 points to 14,293.19 with the gold sector the prime source of strength.The Canadian dollar rose 0.03 of a cent to 90.11 cents US.New York’s Dow Jones industrials were down 2.66 points to 16,416.02, the Nasdaq gained 5.84 points to 4,340.29 while the S&P 500 index lost 0.26 of a point to 1,876.91.Mining stocks on the TSX advanced after losing ground Monday amid concerns about Chinese growth as data showed that exports of the world’s second biggest economy fell by an unexpectedly large 18 per cent in February. The country’s official 2014 economic growth target of 7.5 per cent assumes trade also will grow by 7.5 per cent.Copper prices and TSX base metal stocks in particular headed lower as a result of the data with the metal widely viewed as a proxy for the global economy closing at a multi-year low. On Tuesday, the May copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was unchanged at US$3.04 a pound after shedding six per cent over the last two sessions and the base metals sector shed early gains to lose 0.2 per cent.Oil prices also suffered from the Chinese data and on Tuesday, the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down a further 48 cents to US$100.64 a barrel and the energy sector moved down 0.4 per cent.The TSX gold sector was up 1.5 per cent as April bullion gained $7.80 to US$1,349.30 an ounce.On the corporate front, Canadian Pacific Railway will repurchase up to 5.27 million or three per cent of its shares over the next year. Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said the repurchase program is earlier and larger than the 4.4 million shares he had expected and CP shares declined $1.12 to $170.19.Fortress Paper Ltd. (TSX:FTP) plunged 15.4 per cent to $2.75 as the company posted a quarterly loss of $54.7-million or $3.76 a share as it wrote down the value of property, plant and equipment at a Quebec cellulose mill. Ex-items, Fortress had an adjusted net loss of $21.2 million or $1.46 per share in the quarter, compared with a loss of $11.2 million or 77 cents per share a year earlier. Its revenue dropped to $37.2 million from $58.7 million a year before.Printer Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A) says adjusted operating earnings remained stable at $43.5 million for the first quarter as revenues fell five per cent due to weakness in the advertising market. Transcontinental also announced it will acquire Capri Packaging, a Missouri supplier of printed flexible packaging, for US$133 million. Its shares were down three cents to $15.01.Canadian exporters are also watching developments in Vancouver where a strike by container-truck drivers serving Port of Metro Vancouver terminals is growing. Members of Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers’ Association parked their rigs Monday, joining members of the non-union United Truckers Association who have been on strike since last month. The groups reached a tentative deal with employers last week, but the members voted against the agreement over the weekend.
Jeremy Corbyn meeting staff and volunteers at St Clement’s ChurchCredit:David Mirzoeff/PA Jeremy Corbyn has been pictured hugging a woman clutching posters seeking a 12-year-old girl missing after the Grenfell Tower blaze.The Labour leader was pictured comforting the unnamed local resident at St Clement’s Church in west London on Thursday.The woman told him about a missing young girl believed to have been on the 20th floor of the tower when it caught fire.Volunteers have been using the church to provide shelter and support for people affected by the fire that has left at least 17 people confirmed dead. “Questions on the sprinkler system, questions on the fire breaks, questions on why the cladding apparently burnt, questions on building control regulations, questions on the safety.”Hundreds of thousands of people in our country live in tower blocks, very high-rise tower blocks. Every single person who lives in a high-rise apartment today is going to be thinking, ‘How safe am I?”‘ Emergency services leading the operation in north Kensington have warned that the death toll is likely to rise further – with specialist search and rescue teams expected to enter the devastated building imminently.Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the disaster, demanding that the “terrible tragedy” be “properly investigated”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Community leaders showed Mr Corbyn the donations that have been pouring in.”It’s great that you’re in place,” the Labour leader told them.Community representative Ishmael Blagrove told him: “This country needs you – somebody has to be held accountable and responsible.”We don’t want the Government to kick this into the long grass.” Mr Corbyn replied: “Emma (Dent Coad) is your MP, she will speak for your community. We have to get to the bottom of this – the truth has got to come out and it will.”Mr Corbyn told reporters after the visit: “Some very hard questions have got to be asked and some very hard questions must be answered.”The fire is not supposed to spread from one flat to another, it’s supposed to be contained. It wasn’t – it spread and it spread upwards and it spread outside as well through the cladding.