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Trump's latest travel ban blocked 18 October 2017 WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump's latest bid to impose travel restrictions on citizens from eight countries entering the US has suffered a court defeat. A federal judge slapped a temporary restraining order on the open-ended ban before it could take effect this week. The policy targe...
New Zealand parties in coalition govt talks 10 October 2017 WELLINGTON - New Zealand's small nationalist party which holds the balance of power after an inconclusive election held talks on Sunday with Prime Minister Bill English and separately with the opposition Labour leader as both try to form a coalition government. New Zealand First leader Winston...
Hurricane Nate ravages US 8 October 2017 NEW YORK - Hurricane Nate has made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 85mph (137km/h), is moving north, and a second landfall is expected on the Mississippi coast later. Louis...
US targets anti-Trump activists' Facebook accounts 6 October 2017 NEW YORK - Two weeks ago, Lacy MacAuley was shocked when she opened her email inbox to find a message informing her that the US Department of Justice had served a warrant to Facebook to access her personal account. "I had heard that Facebook was fighting some warrants, but I certainly didn't g...
Scores die in Las Vegas shooting 2 October 2017 LAS VEGAS - More than twenty people have been killed and at least 100 injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert. A gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel toward an open-air music festival being held close by. Police said a suspect identified as a local resi...
Trump's first UN speech slammed 20 September 2017 NEW YORK - Donald Trump's first major speech at the United Nations has been denounced by some of the member nations he singled out for criticism. The US president included Iran among "a small group of rogue regimes", and said the US would "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to do so. Ir...
N Korea slapped with UN sanctions 12 September 2017 PYONGYANG - The United Nations has imposed a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test. The measures restrict oil imports and ban textile exports - an attempt to starve the North of fuel and income for its weapons programmes. The US had originally prop...
Islanders flee hurricane Irma 6 September 2017 LONDON - Islands in the Caribbean have made last-minute preparations for Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, with officials warning of its "potentially catastrophic" effects. The category five hurricane, the highest possible level, has sustained wind speeds reaching 3...
North Korea fires missile over Japan 29 August 2017 TOKYO - North Korea has fired a missile over northern Japan in a move Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called an "unprecedented" threat to his country. The missile, launched early on Tuesday Korean time, flew over Hokkaido island before crashing into the sea. The UN Security Council is ex...
Trump: I will close govt' to build Mexico wall 23 August 2017 NEW YORK - Donald Trump says he will close down the US government if necessary to build his wall along the Mexico border. The president told supporters at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Phoenix, Arizona, that the opposition Democrats were being "obstructionist". During the 80-minute ...
Powerful quake strikes China 9 August 2017 BEIJING - A strong earthquake shook a mountainous region in southwestern China near a famous national park, killing 13 people, injuring 175 others and knocking out power and phone networks. At least five of the dead were tourists, China's official Xinhua News Agency said. At least 28 people ha...
Putin orders US diplomatic staff to leave Russia 31 July 2017 MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that 755 staff must leave US diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow. The decision to expel staff was made on Friday, but Mr Putin has now confirmed the number who must go by 1 September. It brings staff...
French president, army boss clash 19 July 2017 PARIS - The head of the French armed forces has quit after a clash with President Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts. Gen Pierre de Villiers said in a statement he could no longer "guarantee the durability of the army model" that he considered necessary to ensure France's protection. France's...
Trump sued for blocking people on Twitter 12 July 2017 NEW YORK - President Donald Trump has been party to an eye-watering 4,000 lawsuits over the last 30 years, US media say. And now the mogul turned commander-in-chief has attracted one more, after seven people sued him for blocking them on Twitter. Mr Trump is an avid user of the social media...
Trump, Putin meet face to face for first time 7 July 2017 HAMBURG - US President Donald Trump is to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for the first time at a G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. They have both said they want to repair ties damaged by the crises in Syria and Ukraine, as well as Russia's alleged meddling in the US election. C...
Trump warns N Korea of 'severe' consequences 6 July 2017 NEW YORK - US President Donald Trump has warned North Korea that he is considering a "pretty severe" response following the country's long-range missile test. "They are behaving in a very, very dangerous manner and something will have to be done about it," he said. But he moderated his comm...
France's Macron to cut MPs by a third 3 July 2017 PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed a radical overhaul of the country's government. Speaking at the historic Palace of Versailles, he said he planned to cut the number of lawmakers by a third. Doing so would produce a more efficient government and put France on a "radicall...
N Korea calls for execution of ex-South Korea president 29 June 2017 SEOUL - North Korea said it has issued a standing order for the execution of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her spy chief for what it said was a plot to assassinate its leader, and it demanded that the South hand the pair over. The North's official Korean Central News Agency (...
Queen Elizabeth to receive £6m pay increase 27 June 2017 LONDON - The Queen is to receive an 8% increase in income from public funds, after the Crown Estate's profits rose by £24m. The Sovereign Grant, which pays for the salaries of her household, official travel and upkeep of palaces, is to increase by more than £6m in 2018/19. It comes as accou...
Trump accuses Obama of inaction 25 June 2017 NEW YORK - President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of inaction over alleged Russian interference in the US election in 2016. Mr Trump said Mr Obama had learned well before the 8 November poll about the accusations and "did nothing". His comments followed an article i...
I don't want a 'poor person' in my Cabinet: Trump 23 June 2017 NEW YORK - Donald Trump has said he doesn't want "a poor person" running the economy of the United States and has defended his decision to appoint wealthy individuals to his cabinet. Speaking to his supporters in Iowa on Wednesday, Trump said: "Somebody said why did you appoint a rich person t...
China dog meat festival begins despite outrage 21 June 2017 YULIN - A controversial dog meat festival has begun in the Chinese city of Yulin, despite earlier reports it had been cancelled or toned down this year. The Lychee and Dog Meat festival takes place annually in Guangxi province. Earlier this year, US campaigners claimed that vendors had been...
Top Macron ally quits 21 June 2017 PARIS - France's Justice Minister, François Bayrou, has handed in his resignation hours before President Emmanuel Macron reshuffles his government. Mr Bayrou's centrist party MoDem has now lost all three posts in Mr Macron's cabinet within 24 hours. President Macron came to power with a pro...
Attacker shot outside Paris's Notre-Dame 6 June 2017 PARIS - A man has been shot by police outside the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris after he tried to attack an officer using a hammer, police say. The suspect has been wounded in the chest, French media report. Officials say this is a "terrorist incident". Some 900 people are still inside t...
London attack death toll rises 4 June 2017 LONDON - The death toll has risen to seven, with 48 others injured, after the London terror attack in which three suspects were shot dead by police. A white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge at about 22:00 BST on Saturday, then three men got out and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market. ...