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Donald Trump contradicts aide on Mexico border wall

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US president says plans have ‘never changed or evolved’, despite remarks by chief of staff

Trump to give anti-abortion March for Life a rare presidential thumbs up

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Live address from Rose Garden on Friday will amount to most robust showing of White House support in event’s history

Security experts say US attempt to link terror and immigration 'skews the data'

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Trump administration claims a report demonstrates need for stricter immigration policies, despite omission of key data points

The boss, the boyfriend and the FBI: the Italian woman in the eye of the Trump-Russia inquiry

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Simona Mangiante, the girlfriend of ex-Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, also worked for a mysterious Russia-linked Maltese professor. No wonder Robert Mueller’s investigation came knocking

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Hollywood’s biggest union turned a blind eye to sexual abuse | Meissa Hampton

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Our union, the Screen Actors Guild, not only failed to protect us – it actively contributed to the culture of silence that facilitates sex abuse

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How serious a threat are Steph Curry's ankle injuries to his career?

The Warriors are looking as strong as ever this season but there is real concern about the long-term health of one of the NBA’s finest players

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Donald Trump faces backlash as he reveals 'Fake News Awards' winners

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President highlights journalists’ errors despite anger from some in his own party over his treatment of the media

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World's confidence in US leadership under Trump at new low, poll finds

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Global confidence in US leadership has fallen to a new low, and the country now ranks below China in worldwide approval ratings, according to a new Gallup poll.

'This happens all the time': why a gay couple took their cake case to the supreme court

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A ruling over a cakeshop owner’s refusal to serve the couple could erode civil rights protections for LGBT Americans or bolster them

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Former Ataris bassist indicted in $27m telemarketing fraud case

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Michael Sean Davenport’s indictment alleges his business advertised houses and apartments it did not own

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US military to maintain open-ended presence in Syria, Tillerson says

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US secretary of state says forces will remain in country in push against Isis, Bashar al-Assad and Iranian influence

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US government shutdown looms as Republicans struggle to pitch bill

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Congress grapples with yet another round of brinkmanship over keeping the government open, with Daca remaining a point of division

Steve Bannon to meet with Mueller’s investigators instead of testifying

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Bannon is expected to be interviewed by prosecutors instead of testifying before a grand jury, after he received a subpoena

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Republican senator Jeff Flake: Trump's attacks on media reminiscent of Stalin

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In speech to Senate, Flake said president’s use of terms ‘fake news’ and ‘enemy of the people’ should be source of shame for Republicans

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Porn actor Stephanie Clifford admitted affair with Trump in 2011 interview

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A statement released by Trump’s lawyer last week, signed with her stage name Stormy Daniels, denied a relationship

Eric Trump defends president over racism: 'My father sees one color: green'

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Eric Trump defended his father from accusations of racism on Wednesday by saying the president “sees one color: green”.

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Christie ends term as first New Jersey governor to not break a leg in 25 years

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Chris Christie left the New Jersey governor’s office with his popularity in tatters, but at least he didn’t break a leg.

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The other Ivanka: woman Trump tweeted in error takes aim at his presidency

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Ivanka Majic – @Ivanka – writes blogpost year after president’s mistake thrusted UK resident into spotlight

The girther movement: is Donald Trump fatter than the White House doctor says?

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A physical examination of the US president has declared him to be in great physical shape. But some are questioning his vital statistics

Flash of light and loud bang in Michigan was meteor, experts say

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Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor.

Wednesday, Jan 17

'I would call that torture': police chief on California captivity case – video

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Police in California are investigating claims two parents tortured their 13 children. ‘I wish I could come to you today with information that would explain why this happened,’ said Capt Greg Fellows of the Riverside county sheriff’s…

US border patrol routinely sabotages water left for migrants, report says

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Humanitarian groups report agents routinely destroy supplies left in Arizona desert, condemning people to die of thirst

Steve Bannon refuses lawmakers' questions under 'White House instructions'

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Bannon’s lawyer reputedly said former strategist, facing subpoena, would otherwise have been willing to respond

White House doctor says Trump will remain 'fit for duty' for years

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Physician says president has benefited from ‘a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol’ though he could stand to exercise more

Tuesday, Jan 16

Trump official: 'I don't know if Norway is predominantly white' – video

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Donald Trump's secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, admits not knowing whether Norway's population is mainly white, during questioning by the Senate homeland security committee. Asked by Senator Patrick Leahy if Norway is …

California police rescue 13 chained and malnourished siblings

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Parents charged with torture and child endangerment after girl escapes and alerts authorities

Why does it cost $32,093 just to give birth in America?

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The US is the most expensive nation in the world in which to have a baby – and it may factor into thousands of bankruptcies each year

Twelve charged for defying California city's ban on feeding homeless

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A California city has brought charges against 12 people who defied a ban on feeding homeless people at a neighborhood park, as officials try to rein in a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed 20 people and prompted mass vaccinations and the…

Monday, Jan 15

Trump insists 'I am the least racist person' amid outrage over remarks

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US president condemned by UN and African Union, as ex-ambassador warns his comments ‘are disorienting for our partners’

Trump disputes report he has 'very good relationship' with Kim Jong-un

White House and Wall Street Journal release audio in dispute over interview, which could indicate a shift in US-North Korea relations

Immigration policy progress and setback have become pattern for Dreamers

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Negotiations over immigration in America have always been precarious, but Trump has complicated the picture even more

South Carolina hospital accused of tarnishing legacy of Coretta Scott King

MUSC, scene of strike led by Martin Luther King’s widow, denies claims of racism against black nurses, technicians and custodians

Sunday, Jan 14

War of words over 'racist' Trump remark risks push to solve Dreamers issue

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Hopes of a deal to allow young migrant “Dreamers” to stay in the US were unravelling on Sunday, amid a war of words that saw Donald Trump accused of racism by members of Congress from both main parties.

Chelsea Manning announces run for US Senate with video on Twitter

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Imprisoned leaker and activist confirms plan to run as a Democrat in Maryland with video hashtaged #WeGotThis, saying: ‘We need someone willing to fight’

Hawaii ballistic missile false alarm results in panic

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An alert about an incoming ballistic missile sent Hawaii into panic for about 30 minutes on Saturday, until emergency officials announced that the message had been sent in error.

Trumpocracy review: David Frum’s appalled analysis lacks fire and fury

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The Bush speechwriter who coined the term ‘axis of evil’ has become one more Never-Trump Republican overtaken by the pace of the events he decries

Saturday, Jan 13

How Bannon turned on Trump … and where the nationalist right goes next

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The ex-White House strategist who turned his fire and fury on the president is now out at Breitbart too. Those in the know, though, say he isn’t finished yet

'Shithole' remark by Trump makes global headlines – but it doesn't quite translate

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Some countries struggled to find an appropriate translation for the president’s offensive comments– and others chose to employ the censor’s pencil

'There's no other word but racist': Trump's global rebuke for 'shithole' remark

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US diplomats around the world were summoned for formal reproach, amid global shock over Trump calling African nations, Haiti and El Salvador ‘shitholes’

California mudslide: hope fades for survivors after deadly disaster

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Montecito is a scene of devastation after an avalanche of mud and debris swept through the wealthy enclave north of Los Angeles leaving 18 dead