Protest leaders say that's not enough and will press ahead with a rally on Sunday. Also, Notre Dame Cathedral holds its first mass since the fire, and Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96.
The president cites footage the US says shows Iranian forces taking a mine off one of the ships. Also: World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is 'not a global threat', and Leonard Cohen's love letters fetch nearly nine hundred thousand dollars.
It shows Iranian forces in a small boat taking an unexploded, magnetic mine off the hull of one of the ships after the attacks. The Iranians deny any involvement in the attacks. Doctors across India have stopped work to demand better protection from violence. And women across Switzerland hold a day of demonstrations against what they say is the country's unacceptably slow pace to equality.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States had made its assessment based on intelligence about the type of weapons used in the attacks in the Gulf of Oman. Also: Uganda has sent the family of two people who died of Ebola back into eastern Congo, and zebra stripes work as an elaborate cooling system.
The cause of the blasts in one of the world's busiest oil routes is unclear and both vessels are still afloat. It comes a month after four oil tankers were attacked off the UAE. In Uganda health authorities are on heightened alert after a second person dies from Ebola. And archaeologists in China have uncovered the earliest known evidence of cannabis use.
Carrie Lam is backing a controversial bill which has provoked a wave of protest in Hong Kong. Also: US to send 1,000 troops to Poland, and the cyclist Chris Froome is out of the Tour de France after fracturing his femur in a high-speed crash.