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Trump's security adviser resigns 14 February 2017 WASHINGTON - US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has resigned over allegations he discussed US sanctions with Russia before Donald Trump took office. Mr Flynn is said to have misled officials about his call with Russia's ambassador before his own appointment. It is illegal for privat...
Hong Kong police officers convicted of beating protester 14 February 2017 VICTORIA CITY - Hong Kong police officers convicted of beating protester Seven police officers in Hong Kong have been convicted of beating a protester during pro-democracy rallies in 2014. The group, charged with intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm, were found guilty of a lesser c...
Trump loses bid to reinstate travel ban 10 February 2017 WASHINGTON - A US federal appeals court has rejected President Donald Trump's attempt to reinstate his ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said it would not block a ruling by a Seattle court that halted the order. Mr Trump responded with a...
Barack Obama enjoys watersports 8 February 2017 WASHINGTON - Barack Obama has been enjoying life after the US presidency by trying out watersports on a luxury Caribbean island owned by Richard Branson, the Virgin chief said on Tuesday. The former US leader and his wife Michelle Obama visited Moskito Island, in the British Virgin Islands, af...
Man hides $130,000 gold coins in rectum 3 February 2017 ONTARIO - A former Royal Canadian Mint employee has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for stealing gold coins by concealing them in his rectum. Leston Lawrence stole $127,116 (CA$165,451; £100,000) of gold in 22 pieces. The 35-year-old, who was found guilty last November, was caught aft...
Trump sacks defiant attorney general 31 January 2017 WASHINGTON - Donald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general after she questioned the legality of his immigration ban. Sally Yates, who was appointed by Barack Obama, ordered justice department lawyers not to enforce the president's executive order. A White House statement accused Ms ...
US judge suspends Trump deportations order 29 January 2017 WASHINGTON - A US judge has issued a stay temporarily halting the deportation of visa holders or refugees under an executive order from President Trump. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a legal case early on Saturday in response to the order. The judge's stay prevents those "...
Trump believes torture works 26 January 2017 WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump has said he believes waterboarding works, stating "we have to fight fire with fire". Mr Trump said that while radical groups beheaded people in the Middle East "we're not playing on an even field". But Mr Trump also said he would consult Defence Secret...
Trump sworn in as US president 20 January 2017 WASHINGTON - Donald Trump is set to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The property tycoon won an unexpected victory in November's election after a controversial campaign. Hundreds of thousands of supporters and protesters are gathering in Washington DC for the event. ...
Trump inauguration boycott grows 16 January 2017 WASHINGTON - The number of Democratic members of Congress saying they will boycott Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday has increased to 26. Many have cited as a reason the president-elect's recent attack on civil rights icon and fellow congressman John Lewis. Mr Trump lashed out at Mr Lew...
Icy storm lashes France, Germany 13 January 2017 LONDON - An icy storm has been lashing parts of western Europe, causing power cuts in many homes, felling trees and disrupting some rail services. In France power cuts affected more than 237,000 homes as the storm swept across Normandy and regions north of Paris. In Dieppe, on the coast, wi...
'Clinton will never run for office again' 9 January 2017 WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton will never run for office again after losing the US presidential election to Donald Trump in November after the most divisive campaign in memory, a confidante of the Democrat said on Sunday. "I think she's going to figure out ways to help kids and families," Neera ...
Putin 'sought to help' Trump in US vote 7 January 2017 MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to help Donald Trump win the presidential election, a US intelligence report says. The unclassified report says the Russian leader "ordered" a campaign aimed at influencing the election. Moscow has not commented, but Russia has previously den...
Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats 30 December 2016 LONDON - The Obama administration on Thursday announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the US presidential election, ordering sweeping new sanctions that included the expulsion of 35 Russians. US intelligence services believe Russia ordered cyber-attacks on the Democrati...
Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use 24 December 2016 NEW YORK - A highly effective vaccine that guards against the deadly Ebola virus could be available by 2018, says the World Health Organization. Trials conducted in Guinea, one of the West African countries most affected by an outbreak of Ebola that ended this year, show it offers 100% protect...
Man gets $75 after 31-year wrong imprisonment 23 December 2016 NEW YORK - A Tennessee man who served 31 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit is petitioning the State to compensate him $1 million for the years of his life that were taken away. All he's gotten so far is $75. In October 1977 a Memphis woman was raped in her home by two intruders. She l...
Putin's Russia used Syria as live-fire training: US 22 December 2016 NEW YORK - The US army's commander in Europe has accused Russia of using its military campaign in Syria as a "live-fire training opportunity". Lt Gen Ben Hodges said Russia's "disregard for civilian casualties... is not the conduct of a nation that wants to be treated like a superpower". Ru...
Trump adds yet another billionaire to his team 20 December 2016 WASHINGTON - US president-elect Donald Trump's band of billionaires keeps growing. The latest addition to his team of ultra-rich administration officials is Vincent Viola, a New York businessman and NHL owner who was announced Monday as Trump's pick for secretary of the Army. The civilian p...
Obama warns Putin 17 December 2016 WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has said that he ordered Russia's Vladimir Putin to "cut it out" in a conversation about email hacking ahead of the US election. Implying that the Russian president knew about the hacks, Mr Obama said: "Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin." ...
Man jailed over Trump death plot 14 December 2016 LONDON - A British man has been sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison over his attempt to grab a gun in a bid to kill Donald Trump. Michael Sandford, 20, pleaded guilty in September to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function. He was accus...
Marine Le Pen: No free school for foreigners 8 December 2016 PARIS - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has called for an end to free education for foreign children. In a speech in Paris, the National Front's candidate in the 2017 presidential race next spring said she had nothing against foreigners. [GoogleAd] "But I tell them: if you come to ...
Trump names defence secretary 2 December 2016 WASHINGTON - US President-elect Donald Trump has named Gen James Mattis, a former marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as his defence secretary. "He's our best," Mr Trump said, as he announced his pick in a speech in Ohio. Gen Mattis, who is known as "Mad Dog", was an outspoken critic...
Brazil football team in plane crash 29 November 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO - A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia, officials say. Reports say there are six survivors. The plane reported electrical problems. The chartered aircraft, flying from Bolivia, was...
Mayor resigns over Michelle Obama 'ape in heels' post 16 November 2016 NEW YORK - The mayor of a town in the US state of West Virginia has resigned after she was caught up in a controversy over racist comments about Michelle Obama. Beverly Whaling had appeared to applaud a Facebook post referring to Mrs Obama as an "ape in heels". She wrote that the post had m...
Trump makes two key appointments 14 November 2016 WASHINGTON - US President-elect Donald Trump has awarded key roles in his incoming team to a top Republican party official and a conservative media chief. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), will be his chief of staff. In this role, he will set the tone for ...