Crocodile kills British journalist holidaying in Sri Lanka

Paul McClean
Updated 16 September 2017

Crocodile kills British journalist holidaying in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: A young British journalist was dragged into a river and killed by a crocodile while holidaying in Sri Lanka, the country’s navy said on Friday.
Paul McClean, 24, who worked in London for the Financial Times, had been on a surfing holiday in the popular eastern coastal area of Arugambay when the incident occurred on Thursday, the navy said. His body was found on Friday.
“The navy was able to recover the body of a foreigner who had been snatched by a crocodile on September 14,” the Sri Lankan navy said in a statement.
The BBC quoted an eyewitness as saying local people had heard him screaming for help as he was pulled into the river.
“By the time they went to the spot where the croc attacked, they couldn’t save him because already the crocodile had pulled him inside the water so they couldn’t see what was going on,” it quoted Fawas Lafeer, the owner of a surf school, as saying.
McClean, an Oxford University graduate with a first-class degree in French, joined the FT as a graduate trainee two years ago and worked most recently for the fastFT news service.
James Lamont, the FT’s managing editor, described McClean as “a talented, energetic and dedicated young journalist” who had had “a great career ahead of him” at the newspaper.
“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and loved ones,” Lamont said.


Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, and increse tariffs on Turkey

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Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, and increse tariffs on Turkey

  • President vowed to "destroy" the Turkish economy

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday said that in response to Turkey's incursion into Syria he will soon issue an executive order authorizing sanctions against current and former Turkish officials, stop negotiations with Turkey on a $100 billion trade deal, and boost tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent.

In a statement in which he vowed to swiftly destroy the Turkish economy if it continues down "this dangerous and destructive path," Trump also said that U.S. troops coming out of Syria will redeploy and remain in the region to monitor the situation.

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