COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — U.S. and other allied troops have joined veterans of theand families of fallen soldiers to mark 74 years since the massive military operation that change the course of World War II. Amid fog and wind, ceremonies were held Wednesday at the American military cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer and along the Normandy beaches and cliffs where Allied forces landed in Nazi-occupied France.
Thousands of U.S., British, Canadian and French troops launched a combined naval, air and land assault as dawn was breaking on June 6, 1944. The invasion weakened the Nazis’ hold on Western Europe after they suffered a punishing defeat in Stalingrad in the east.
It’s been 50 years, but Juan Romero still hesitates before talking about that night in the narrow pantry of the Ambassador Hotel.
He was the immigrant busboy who was shaking Robert F. Kennedy’s hand when an assassin pumped three bullets into the dynastic politician shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968.
“I remember shaking his hand, and as soon as he let go, we heard those terrible popping sounds,” Romero told the Daily News as his easy conversation turned heavy and hushed.
“I turned to my left, and all I could see was a small group of people, maybe 10 feet away, just struggling, pushing, fighting, wrestling,” he said, describing the pandemonium after gunman Sirhan Sirhan opened fire in the Los Angeles hotel.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is not convinced that Sirhan Sirhan fired the shot that killed his father — and wants a new investigation.
Kennedy Jr., 64, made the shocking disclosure in a Washington Post interviewafter reviewing an autopsy and police reports, speaking with witnesses and spending three hours visiting the convicted assassin in the California prison where he’s serving a life sentence.
“I got to a place where I had to see Sirhan,’’ Kennedy Jr. said, refusing to disclose the specific matters the two men spoke about.
“I went [to the prison] because I was curious and disturbed by what I had seen in the evidence.
“I was disturbed that the wrong person might have been convicted of killing my father. My father was the chief law-enforcement officer in this country. I think it would have disturbed him if somebody was put in jail for a crime they didn’t commit.”
Trying to find the San Jose’ has often been called the “holy grail of shipwrecks.”To hunt for the San José, researchers used an unmanned underwater vehicle called REMUS 6000. It’s the same vehicle that helped find the wreckage of Air France 447 in 2011, and helped map and photograph the Titanic wreck site in 2010.To confirm the identity of the ship, REMUS descended near the wreck, capturing photos of a key distinguishing feature of the San José: bronze cannons engraved with dolphins.
National New Builds recently bought it from Lingsch Properties for $100,000.
The United States and China have agreed to take measures to “substantially reduce” America’s massive trade deficit with China,
The announcement came after high-level talks in the US capital and followed months of tensions over what President Donald Trump has blasted as an unfair commercial relationship between the two economic giants.
An earlier joint statement issued in Washington said Beijing would “significantly” increase its purchases of American goods, but offered few details.
TRT World‘s Craig Copetas explains.