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Frederica Wilson seeks apology from Trump and says Niger is his Benghazi

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson on Sunday demanded an apology from Donald Trump’s White House for false statements made about her by senior officials, as the president continued to attack the Florida Democrat.

Mitch McConnell waiting for steer from Trump before pushing healthcare bill

Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he was waiting to hear what Donald Trump “might sign” before he put a bipartisan deal on healthcare up for a vote in the Senate. The White House budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, quickly indicated the wait for…

Trump 'will help pay' legal bills of White House staff and aides in Russia inquiries

President Donald Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aides related to the investigations into Russian election meddling in the 2016 election, a White House…

Catalonia weighs up declaration of independence

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Move comes after imposition of direct rule by Madrid – described by Carles Puigdemont as worst attack on institutions since Franco

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Anti-establishment billionaire Andrej Babiš to be named Czech PM

Babiš’s ANO took largest share of vote in election but may struggle to find coalition partners as leader faces fraud allegations

Cub Scout kicked out of group after grilling Colorado Republican on guns

A Cub Scout was kicked out of his group after he questioned a Colorado Republican lawmaker about gun control and contentious comments she made about African Americans.

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Trump's secretive voter fraud panel is keeping own members in the dark

Donald Trump’s advisory commission on election integrity has integrity questions of its own – with some of its own members raising concerns about its secretive operations.

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Rolling Stone founder falls out with biographer over candid life story

Jann Wenner, whose magazine charted pop music and culture since the 60s, gave Joe Hagan full access but is unhappy with the result, especially ‘the sexual stuff’

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Russia accused of supplying Taliban as power shifts create strange bedfellows

An Afghan army commander is the latest to allege that Moscow is providing arms to the Islamist group that grew out of the 1980s anti-Soviet resistance

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Tech giants face Congress as showdown over Russia election meddling looms

Facebook, Twitter and Google once seemed to encapsulate freedom and connectivity. At a hearing on 1 November a new question will be posed: have they become a tool for foreign autocracies and domestic extremists?

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My kids are grown up and my husband is leaving – I’m scared | Dear Mariella

A reader asks what she has left to look forward to – Mariella Frostrup suggests she embraces freedom from an unhappy marriage

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All five living former US presidents make rare appearance together

Presidents gather for fundraiser for those affected by hurricanes that struck Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

Gunmen kill 13 Niger police in attack near Mali border

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Attack happened close to where four US soldiers were killed in ambush on 4 October that highlighted US counter-terrorism mission

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France charges eight over alleged plot targeting politicians and mosques

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Eight men, including three minors, charged following investigation into far right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques

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Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition expected to win decisively in Japan election

Uncertainly over North Korea and its growing nuclear arsenal heightens underlying conservatism

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Rise and fall of Isis: its dream of a caliphate is over, so what now?

Islamic State’s last stronghold, Raqqa, has fallen. But the world’s attention must now focus on what it or other Islamist groups will plot next

Bill O'Reilly settled $32m sexual harassment claim before signing Fox News deal – report

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Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News commentator who was forced to resign in April, agreed to a $32m sexual harassment settlement in January which the network’s parent knew about when it gave him a new contract the next month, the New York Times…

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How Harvey Weinstein’s accusers gave women worldwide a voice

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It is no longer about just one disgraced man: testimonies of sexual harassment and abuse are emerging from Hollywood to politics via sport and fashion

Trump more optimistic on Isis after Raqqa than key advisers

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President hails step toward lasting peace and political transition but advisers say militants remain a threat and Assad government newly strengthened

Saturday, Oct 21

Catalonia crisis escalates as Spain set to impose direct rule within days

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Spanish prime minister says Catalan government’s powers will be returned to Madrid, as tensions rise between supporters and opponents of independence

Firefights and blowback: Trump’s week of military misadventures

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The deaths of four US soldiers killed in Niger were at the centre of a political storm this week. The row, sparked by the president’s remarks, drew in bereaved families, Gen John Kelly, and military veterans

Steve Bannon blasts George Bush and calls for Republican 'revolt'

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The former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has launched a scathing attack on George W Bush, portraying him as a buffoon whose presidency was as “destructive” as any in American history.

White House under fire for suggesting general's remarks should not be questioned

The White House has been condemned for attempting to silence the media by warning that it is “highly inappropriate” to challenge the veracity of remarks by a military general.

Friday, Oct 20

List of Harvey Weinstein's accusers grows as ripple of effects spread globally

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Lupita Nyong’o claims Weinstein harassed her when she was a film student, as police in three cities continue investigations and #metoo gains momentum

Sean Penn lawyers warn Netflix over El Chapo documentary

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Hollywood actor believes The Day I Met El Chapo puts him in danger by implying he helped US capture Mexican druglord

Obama delivers veiled but withering rebuke of Trump and urges return to hope

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Back in the public fray at a rally in Virginia, the former president delivered his views on the current political climate in his strongest terms yet

Senate passes Trump's budget, a first step toward contentious tax reform

Move allows Republicans to begin ‘once-in-a-generation’ attempt to overhaul US tax code, a plan criticized by Democrats as ‘Robin Hood in reverse’

Thursday, Oct 19

Emotional John Kelly lashes out at Trump critics over military deaths

The White House chief of staff, John Kelly, has delivered an extraordinary rebuke to critics of Donald Trump’s interactions with the families of fallen US military heroes.

George W Bush condemns bigotry and lies in coded attack on Trump

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George W Bush sharply condemned bigotry, conspiracy theories and lies in American politics on Thursday, in what seemed to be a coded attack on the presidency of Donald Trump.

Spain to impose direct rule as Catalonia leader refuses to back down

Madrid will press ahead with suspending autonomy on Saturday after Catalan leader refuses to abandon independence push

How big pharma's money – and its politicians – feed the US opioid crisis

Tom Marino might have withdrawn from consideration as Trump’s drug czar, but drug money is coursing through the veins of Congress – contributing directly to an epidemic that kills thousands of Americans each year

Wednesday, Oct 18

Sgt La David Johnson: soldier at the center of dispute over Trump remarks

The 25-year-old South Florida native who was killed in Niger has been put in the spotlight after Trump reportedly made insensitive comments to his widow

Trump digs in over call to soldier's widow: 'I didn't say what the congresswoman said'

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Donald Trump dug in on Wednesday as his comments about fallen soldiers spiralled into the second major dispute of his political career with a bereaved military family.

After Charlottesville, white nationalist's campus event fuels free speech debate

Richard Spencer’s first major event since the Virginia violence comes as public universities find themselves in a bind over providing a platform for the far right

Xi Jinping heralds 'new era' of Chinese power at Communist party congress

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At start of week-long meeting, president uses long speech to tell delegates to ‘strive with endless energy toward the great goal of national rejuvenation’

Tuesday, Oct 17

Bob Weinstein accused of inappropriate behavior by female TV producer

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Weinstein denies claim by Amanda Segel, a showrunner for Spike TV’s The Mist, who says he made unwanted advances despite her multiple refusals

Trump: 'Ask General Kelly' if Obama called after son died in Afghanistan

Donald Trump on Tuesday doubled down on his claim that Barack Obama did not routinely call the families of servicemen and women killed in battle. He also warned John McCain, a decorated war hero with whom he has clashed before, that he…

Ex-Weinstein staffer says assistants were manipulated: ‘We weren’t safe either’

As stories suggest female staffers helped lure producer’s alleged victims, former assistant says she and her colleagues also faced abusive behavior

Florida governor declares state of emergency before white nationalist's speech

Move frees up police resources ahead of speech by Richard Spencer in Gainesville on Thursday