AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa supporters’ response to Donald Trump’s 95-minute eruption? An “ugh” and a shrug.

The reaction Friday to his speech in which the real estate mogul used a four-letter word not common to presidential campaign speeches, viciously attacked a rival and called the voters “stupid” was a mix of mild offense and resignation.

Trump’s speech, which at times seemed to edge close to meltdown territory, was a change from recent behavior for the Republican presidential contender, who has appeared to be trying to tone down his rhetoric to broaden his appeal. And it comes as the Republican establishment has been growing increasingly alarmed at his staying power.

“He did not do himself any favors when he said that. That’s not the kind of thing you need to be doing,” said Plymouth County Republican Chairman Don Kass, who is neutral in the GOP race. He said Trump’s s comments could turn off undecided voters as well as end up “galvanizing the opposition.”

But Dick Graves, a Trump supporter who attended the rally, said that while the candidate’s comments were perhaps “a little rash,” he wasn’t offended.

“It’s Donald. And he’s an entertaining speaker. I didn’t take it too seriously,” he said.

Trump’s political demise has been wrongly predicted numerous times already. But his support only grew stronger after he repeatedly insulted popular Fox News host Megyn Kelly and after he questioned former prisoner of war John McCain’s hero status, saying he preferred people “who weren’t captured.”

In the theater at Iowa Central Community College Thursday night, the mood changed as Trump continued past his usual one-hour mark and turned his focus to lambasting Carson, the soft-spoken retired neurosurgeon whose inspiring life story and low-key approach have helped him surge past Trump in some polls.

For some of Trump’s supporters, the remarks were just the kind of outburst they were hoping he was moving past.

“I said to (my husband), ‘Why did he do that?’ He didn’t need to do that,” said Diane Jorgenson, a loyal Trump supporter from Ledyard who was working as a volunteer at the event.

While the performance won’t change her mind about supporting him, she said she’d be relaying her concerns to Trump’s team in Iowa.

In recent weeks, Trump has been spending less time lobbing insults and more time talking about how his business experience and negotiating skills qualify him for the presidency. He was visibly mellower during this week’s fourth GOP debate and told reporters he’d been trying to be nicer.

“He’s learning to tone it down,” said Debbie Mabe, a Fort Dodge Democrat and strong Trump supporter who was in the audience and had welcomed the change.

But the performance Trump delivered was far from that.

In a dramatic monologue that at times involved voices and acted-out scenes, Trump compared Carson’s childhood temperament to that of a child molester and questioned his religious conversion. He also railed against the people of Iowa as naive and gullible for believing Carson’s stories.

“How stupid are the people of Iowa?” he said. “How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?”

On foreign policy, Trump laid out his anti-Islamic State policy by saying he would “bomb the s— out of” their oilfields.

Trump had appeared tired Thursday and arrived unusually late for the event in Iowa — his fourth state in as many days. He’d been in Illinois Monday, appeared at the debate in Milwaukee Tuesday, and then jetted to New Hampshire, where he bragged about having had just an hour-and-a-half of sleep.

Unfazed, his team showed no signs of backing down Friday, posting an online video that continued to question Carson’s account of trying to stab a friend when he was young.

“Violent Criminal? Or pathological liar?” It asked. “We don’t need either as president.”

Carson said Trump’s broadside was “expected” in politics, but he decried “the politics of personal destruction.”

“I’m hopeful at some point that we reach a level of maturity that we can actually deal with the issues that are facing us right now and stop getting into the mud and doing things that really don’t matter,” Carson told reporters in South Carolina.

Shelby County Republican Chairman Larry Madson, who saw a clip on the news Friday morning, said he thought Trump’s insults “will wear thin with the Iowa voters.”

Even before the speech, he said, he’d been hearing from voters who like Trump, but want him to offer more detailed policy plans. “We’ve got to have more from Trump than putting people down,” he said.

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann dismissed Trump’s statement about voters as “ridiculous.”

“You can call us a whole lot of things out here, but stupid isn’t one them,” he said.


Lucey reported from Des Moines. Associated Press writer Bill Barrow in Greenville, South Carolina, contributed to this report.

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguayan cabbies are blocking Uruguay’s first training session for Uber drivers.

Dozens of taxis on Friday cut in downtown Montevideo outside the hotel where the class was scheduled to be held.

A spokesman for a communications company hired by Uber said two classes had been planned in the South American country. He said only a handful of people arrived for the first session because of protests and the second session was canceled. The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to be quoted by the press.

The demonstrators belong to a union representing owners of vehicles used as taxis.

Drivers of the Uber ride-sharing app have faced angry protests in Mexico City, Paris and other cities.

DUBAI, Emiratos Arabes Unidos (AP) — El militante de la organización Estado Islámico “Yihadi John”, blanco de un ataque estadounidense con drones, horrorizó al mundo con sus brutales decapitaciones de rehenes. Pero sus videos, con sus provocaciones a Occidente, fueron una importante herramienta de reclutamiento en el oscuro y sangriento mundo de los extremistas.

Los ojos marrones de Mohamed Emwazi que asoman entre máscaras negras y su acento londinense fueron una de las primeras imágenes físicas que tuvo el mundo de esta agrupación, por más que los extremistas ya habían realizado asesinatos masivos, violaciones y esclavizado gente en su marcha por Irak y Siria.

La razón de ello fue la sofisticada producción de los videos de las carnicerías que él y otros militantes cometieron frente a las cámaras. Entre sus víctimas hubo estadounidenses, británicos y japoneses.

Su primer asesinato filmado fue el del periodista estadounidense James Foley. El video fue difundido en agosto del 2014. Los tabloides inmediatamente lo bautizaron como “Yihadi John”, el apodo que rehenes liberados dijeron le habían dado a sus captores con acentos británicos y que aludía al beatle John Lennon.

En ciertos sentidos, sus actos de violencia no fueron nuevos. Ya había habido terribles videos de decapitaciones en el Medio Oriente en el pasado.

Como uno del predecesor del Estado Islámico, al-Qaida de Irak, difundido en el 2004 y que mostró la decapitación del empresario estadounidense Nicholas Berg. En el video de su asesinato, Foley lucía un uniforme anaranjado como los de una prisión parecido al que vistió Berg el día de su muerte.

Pero mientras que la declaración que acompañó el video de la matanza de Berg fue en árabe, Emwazi habló inglés en sus videos, lo que hizo que el mensaje tuviese mucho más eco. Nacido en Kuwait, Emwazi se crió en Gran Bretaña, lo que aumentaba el simbolismo.

“La escuchas en tu propio idioma, por lo que la amenaza suena peor todavía”, expresó Raffaello Pantucci, autor de “We Love Death As You Love Life: Britain’s Suburban Terrorists” (Queremos la muerte del mismo modo que ustedes quieren la vida: Los terroristas suburbanos de Gran Bretaña) y director de estudios de seguridad internacional del Instituto de Servicios Reales Unidos de Gran Bretaña.

“Le habla a la audiencia y dice, ‘somos ustedes. Ustedes piensan que somos algo extraño, pero no, venimos del seno de sus comunidades”’, declaró Pantucci.

Luego de la matanza de Foley, Emwazi apareció en otros videos de decapitaciones, incluida la matanza de varios soldados sirios capturados. En la mayoría de los videos hace de narrador, desafiando a Occidente y prometiendo una victoria de Estado Islámico, aunque los videos no aclaran su fue él quien llevó a cabo las matanzas.

Partidarios de los extremistas descargan los videos en sus portales y los distribuyen a través de aplicaciones de teléfonos y otros aparatos, algo que no se podía hacer diez años atrás. Atraen a gente interesada en el apocalipsis que plantea Estado Islámico e inspira a que mucha gente se una al “califato” creado por esa organización.

No está claro si Emwazi murió en el ataque estadounidense en Siria. Era uno de los principales blancos de Occidente después del líder de Estado Islámico Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi y de sus colaboradores más cercanos.

El presidente estadounidense Barack Obama había dicho que su país sería “implacable” en la búsqueda de los asesinos de Foley.

“Cuando alguien la hace daño a un estadounidense donde sea, hacemos lo necesario para que se haga justicia”, afirmó.


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LONDON (AP) — A jury has cleared a Ukrainian man accused of plotting to blow up the Russian embassy in London after being radicalized by the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Prosecutors said 35-year-old Vadim Bezkorovainiy searched the Internet for explosives, filmed himself with home-made petrol bombs and scouted the area around the embassy. Police found images and video files at his home they said suggested he was plotting an attack.

He denied the charge, saying he planned to return to Ukraine to fight and had made the videos for a propaganda website he was creating.

On Friday a jury at London’s Central Criminal Court acquitted Bezkorovainiy of preparing an act of terrorism.

The conflict between government forces and Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine has claimed more than 8,000 lives since April 2014.

CALAIS, France (AP) — Odai Ahmed cycles hard every day and dreams of reaching England. But as weeks turn to months, the 24-year-old Syrian feels like he’s on a road to nowhere.

Like most of the thousands camped near Calais hoping to cross the English Channel, he’s tried more than a dozen times to breach security at the nearby ferry port and more distant terminal for cross-Channel trains. Each time, networks of newly constructed 15-foot-high (5-meter-high) razor-topped fences and boosted police patrols have defeated him. He’s already been arrested and held for five days in Calais after nearly boarding one train.

Disillusioned, Ahmed spends his afternoons recharging his smartphone on a stationary bike with a manual generator. It takes 2 ½ hours’ pedaling to fill the battery.

It gives him time to think. That maybe, he and his Syrian tent-mates might have to turn back and claim asylum somewhere on the continent. He finds this idea particularly frustrating because he’s studied English for half his life and knows barely a word of French or German.

“If we knew the situation was like this, maybe we would have tried to settle in Germany instead,” he said. “We can’t live here. Syria is better than here.”

Near Ahmed’s cycling station, a public notice board lists more than 200 camp residents by name, nationality, age and cell phone number. They all seek refugee protection in France and await allocation of state-funded housing. That can take many months in France’s overwhelmed asylum system, particularly for single men, who receive lower priority for shelter.

A 50-year-old Pakistani man, Zerdullah Khan, looks for his name but it’s not on the board yet. “Maybe next week,” he said, describing his own doomed attempts to scale fences or sneak aboard trains.

“Younger ones may feel free to risk their life, but I’m too old for this,” he said. “I will try to learn French.”


Of related interest: “Seeking Home: Life inside the Calais Migrant Camp” — a 360-degree, virtual reality video documents the Calais camp. For Google Cardboard-compatible or 360 video: or download the Ryot VR app:

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