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Trump administration reverses transgender bathroom protections

The Trump administration on Wednesday withdrew Obama-era guidance about the use of school and university bathrooms by transgender students, local media reported.

Several Dakota Access Pipeline protesters arrested as deadline passes

Several people at a camp protesting against a controversial oil pipeline in the US state of North Dakota were arrested Wednesday after a deadline to vacate the land passed, local media reported.

Scientists: Nearby star's 7 rocky planets are "best bet" for life

New analysis of telescope data shows a dwarf star just 40 light years from Earth has at least seven apparently rocky planets with potential to harbour water, an international team of scientists announced Wednesday.

Breitbart editor resigns after release of paedophilia comments

Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial editor at the far-right Breitbart news website, resigned Tuesday after the emergence of recordings in which he appears to defend sexual relationships between young boys and older men.

Trump administration opens door for mass deportations

The US Department of Homeland Security laid the groundwork Tuesday for mass deportations of immigrants living illegally in the United States under an executive order by President Donald Trump last month.

Trump condemns "horrible, painful" anti-Jewish incidents

US President Donald Trump condemned a recent spate of threats against Jewish community targets across the United States, during a visit Tuesday to the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

Milo Yiannopoulous' book deal cancelled over child abuse comments

US publisher Simon & Schuster cancelled Milo Yiannopolous' book deal on Monday after a video emerged of the far-right blogger defending sex with children.

US Army General McMaster tapped as Trump's national security advisor

Army Lieutenant General HR McMaster will be the new White House national security advisor, US President Donald Trump told reporters Monday.

British lawmakers locked in heated debate over Trump's state visit

Allowing US President Donald Trump to visit Britain would be akin to "pimping out the Queen," one British lawmaker said Monday during a heated debate in British parliament over two petitions concerning the US leader's future state visit.

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's sharp-tongued ambassador to the UN, dies

Russia's long-time ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died in New York on Monday, following a career that spanned four decades and saw Russia emerge from the Soviet Union and experience many turbulent events in its relations with the West.

Unhappy Presidents' Day: Trump still manoeuvring after Sweden comment

Donald Trump used his first Presidents' Day in office to continue trying to talk his way out of comments implying a terrorist attack in Sweden that never happened.

Pence reaffirms commitment to 'continued cooperation' with the EU

The United States remains committed to a "continued cooperation and partnership" with the European Union, US Vice President Mike Pence said Monday during his first official visit to Brussels.

Iran carries out more missile tests despite US pressure

Despite US sanctions, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard carried out more missile tests on Monday, part of three days of military manoeuvres.

Kim Dotcom loses latest round in extradition saga

German internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has lost another legal round after the New Zealand High Court ruled that he and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the United States, but he said Monday his fight is far from over.

Report: US and Russia supply over half of global arms

The United States and Russia supplied more than half of the world's arms over the past five years, a period that saw arms transfers reach their highest volume since the end of the Cold War, a Swedish-based research institute said Monday.

SpaceX rocket blasts off from historic launch pad en route to ISS

A commercial rocket built by SpaceX is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) with a load of research equipment, cargo and supplies, NASA said Sunday.

London's mayor calls for Trump's state visit to be cancelled

US President Donald Trump should be denied a state visit to Britain due to his "cruel and shameful" immigration policies, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday.

'Now more than ever': US scientists gird for confrontation with Trump

Normally any annual gathering of American scientists is relatively non-political. But, with Donald Trump in the White House, things are different at this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Many researchers are worried about their future and are urging colleagues to protest - and remain vigilant.

Pence, family visit former Nazi concentration camp after Munich talks

US Vice President Mike Pence visited the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau on Sunday as part of his first official visit to Germany.

What happened in Sweden? Country asks Trump to clarify rally remarks

Swedish commentators and media Sunday reacted with astonishment at weekend remarks by US President Donald Trump implying that the Scandinavian country had been the target of a recent terrorist attack.

Trump border wall plans push Mexico to seek new trading partners

Mexico will pursue trade agreements with other nations following threats by US President Donald Trump to tax its exports to the United States, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray has told dpa.

Trump attacks media, touts own progress at campaign-style rally

US President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack on the media and renewed his pre-election promises on Saturday at a rally in Florida, which had echoes of his electoral campaign appearances last year.

Report: Militant convicted in 1993 Trade Center attack dies in jail

Leading militant Muslim cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman died Saturday in a US prison where he was serving a life sentence, his family said.

Trump's sons in Dubai to launch golf course

The two eldest sons of US President Donald Trump were in Dubai on Saturday to open the 18-hole Trump International Golf Club, the first Trump-branded golf course in the Middle East.

Boris Johnson: No crises in Ukraine, Syria with Trump in charge

The crises in Ukraine and Syria wouldn't have happened had Donald Trump been US president at the time, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday.

G20 foreign ministers warn Trump against US isolationism

US President Donald Trump must be wary against leading the United States into isolation, warned foreign ministers Friday as they concluded a two-day meeting of top diplomats from the world's major industrial and emerging nations.

Five numbers from Trump's 77-minute free-for-all

Donald Trump is a political novice without electoral or military experience, unlike any other president in US history.

Victory: Trump's among smallest, but insists it's "very substantial"

US President Donald Trump won the election on November 8, and he doesn't want anyone to forget it.

Trump lambasts media, says stories about ties to Russia are a 'ruse'

US President Donald Trump went head to head with reporters Thursday at a wide-ranging news conference in which he denied having any dealings in Russia and accused the news media of being negative and dishonest.

Tillerson: US will work with Russia when it benefits Americans

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday the Trump White House was ready to work with Moscow but warned the Kremlin that it must implement peace efforts in eastern Ukraine.

Trump: Wall Street records show "great level of confidence" in plan

President Donald Trump is celebrating the stock market rally on Wall Street since his election and promising to unveil reforms to the US corporate tax system.

Iran rejects Trump and Netanyahu's criticism of nuclear deal

Iran on Thursday rejected criticisms voiced by US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a deal designed by major world powers to prevent Tehran from building a nuclear bomb.

US: Burden-sharing message to NATO was 'well received'

The US call for NATO members to increase their defence spending was "expected" and "well received," US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said on Thursday after attending his first meeting for NATO defence ministers.

Trump team's Russia contacts under scrutiny as Tillerson meets Lavrov

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Bonn on Thursday amid a new political storm over reports that Trump's campaign team and associates had contact with Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Merkel to field questions from committee probing NSA revelations

Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to appear Thursday before an investigative committee of the German parliament that has been looking into the extent of NSA spying and alleged cooperation by the country's own intelligence service.

Australia rejects UN talks on treaty to ban nuclear weapons

Australia will not participate in a United Nations conference next month to discuss banning nuclear weapons, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Venezuela pulls plug on CNN over "operation of war"

US-based news outlet CNN was forced off the air in Venezuela Wednesday as authorities accused the international news broadcaster of deliberately targeting the government.

Trump denounces "unfair" treatment of his fired top security advisor

Donald Trump is decrying the "unfair" treatment of his former national security advisor, two days after ousting Michael Flynn over what the White House said was an "erosion" of the president's trust in the retired US Army general.

US to reduce commitments to NATO unless allies increase spending

The US will reduce its commitment to NATO unless allies increase their defence spending, the US defence secretary threatened on Wednesday.

Europeans affirm support for "two-state solution" in Middle East

The German government and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini affirmed their support for the "two-state solution" to finding peace between Israelis and Palestinians on Wednesday.

Trump lashes out after reports of campaign connections to Russia

US President Donald Trump attacked major media, US intelligence agencies and former president Barack Obama on Wednesday, after reports that his campaign had contacts with Russian intelligence officials during the election campaign.

Two-state solution in question as Trump and Netanyahu meet

Washington/Tel Aviv (dpa) - The so-called "two-state solution" to finding peace between Israelis and Palestinians came newly into question Wednesday, hours ahead of a meeting between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and new US President Donald Trump at the White House.

Lithuanian president: Shift in US to push Europe into self-reliance

Europe must rely more on itself in security and defense, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said Wednesday within the context of global political shifts caused by changes in Washington.

Germany's von der Leyen: Europe should increase defence spending

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has stressed that Europe should increase its defence spending ahead of a meeting of her NATO counterparts on Wednesday.

Report: Trump aides had repeated contact with Russian intelligence

Associates of Donald Trump, including campaign aides, had "repeated contacts" with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the new US president was elected, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

White House scurries to respond to ouster of Trump's security advisor

The new US administration was in damage control Tuesday as questions lingered over the ouster of the White House national security advisor just 25 days after President Donald Trump took office.

British government rejects call to ban Trump from meeting the Queen

The British government rejected a petition Tuesday which argued that receiving the new president as a guest would embarrass the Queen.

Russian MP: US security advisor departure is worse than paranoia

"A national security advisor having to resign over his contacts with the Russian ambassador is not even paranoia, but something much worse," says Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Russian upper house of parliament's international affairs committee.

Senior US commander urges return to democracy in Thailand

The United States' Pacific Commander Admiral Harry B. Harris on Tuesday urged Thailand to return to democracy. Harris was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 36th Cobra Gold multilateral military exercise, which is co-hosted by the Thai and US armies.

Top Trump aide Flynn resigns over Russia calls

A top advisor to US President Donald Trump resigned late Monday in the first senior-level departure from the White House since the administration took over less than a month ago.

Canadian PM Trudeau won't "lecture" Trump on refugees

Canada admitted 40,000 Syrian refugees last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pointed out during a meeting with US President Donald Trump, who is seeking to block people fleeing the war in Syria from entering the United States.

Canada's Trudeau says US NAFTA renegotiation hopes "a real concern"

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau argued Monday for the continued free flow of trade with the United States, after a meeting with new US President Donald Trump, who is seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Nigeria: Trump seeks to help Abuja in its fight against terror

US President Donald Trump has agreed to assist Nigeria in its fight against Islamic terrorism, a spokesman for Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari said on Twitter following a call between the two leaders Monday.

Trump welcomes Canada's Trudeau to Washington with trade on agenda

US President Donald Trump received Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday at the White House for talks expected to address the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

California declares state of emergency amid fears for dam spillway

The governor of California declared a state of emergency in three northern counties late Sunday after an emergency spillway of one of the largest dams in the United States threatened to fail and unleash severe flooding.

Adele sweeps top awards at 2017 Grammys

Adele made a clean sweep of the Grammy's top prizes at the annual music awards Sunday, besting Beyonce with Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year trophies for her album "25" and its smash single "Hello."

Trump's unpredictable moves over Middle East hardly faze Palestinians

The general mood in the streets of Ramallah seems more disillusioned than disruptive, despite uncertainty on what US President Donald Trump will mean for the next four years in the Middle East

Thousands of Mexicans protest to demand respect from Trump

Thousands of Mexicans protested across the country Sunday against the policies US President Donald Trump has promised to roll out against them.

Trump adviser: All options on table in legal battle on immigration

A senior policy advisor to US President Donald Trump said Sunday that the White House is looking at all options to reinstate a temporary travel ban on foreigners it considers at high risk of being terrorists.

Israel's Netanyahu under pressure for big changes at Trump meeting

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure to push for major changes in longstanding US policy when he meets new President Donald Trump. But with US policy in flux, might Netanyahu already be too late?

Israeli PM: Palestinians shouldn't always be handed 'free' UN roles

Palestinians cannot constantly be given "free gifts" when it comes to United Nations roles, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, two days after the US rejected former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad's appointment as an envoy.

Anger in Pakistan's Senate after US delays visa to Islamic party MP

Pakistan’s Senate has banned US diplomats or members of Congress from making official visits to the body until a spat over a visa for a senior member of parliament from an Islamic party has been resolved.

US officials take hundreds into custody after immigration raids

More than 100 immigrants without residence permits have been detained following raids in several US states, US media reported Saturday.

Trump, Abe play golf in sunshine as reporters sit in blacked-out room

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were scheduled to play a round of golf in the Florida sunshine on Saturday, though journalists were prevented from watching the match.

PLO: US rejecting Fayyad's UN appointment is 'discrimination'

The United States' rejection of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad to the role of United Nations' envoy to Libya is "a case of blatant discrimination against him on the basis of his nationality," a Palestinian official said Saturday.

Trudeau's meeting with Trump to be a test of charm and mettle

Trade is likely to top the agenda when Justin Trudeau meets Donald Trump for the first time on Monday, with the Canadian premier also under pressure to stand up to the new US president on immigration and human rights.

Ford set to invest in artificial intelligence company Argo AI

Motor company Ford announced Friday it would invest 1 billion dollars in new artificial intelligence company Argo AI over the next five years, as it seeks to get ahead in the autonomous vehicles market.

Trump aide who plugged Ivanka fashions says president supports her

A close aide to US President Donald Trump who raised ethics questions by promoting the Ivanka Trump clothing line said Friday the president supports her.

Trump says new security measures coming due to 'tremendous threats'

US President Donald Trump said Friday the United States would announce additional security next week in light of "tremendous threats" against the country.

Pahor proposes Putin and Trump meet in Ljubljana

Slovenian President Borut Pahor has proposed Ljubljana as a venue for a first meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, Slovenian media covering Pahor's visit to Russia said on Friday afternoon.

Merkel "likely" to meet Pence next week at Munich security talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "very likely" to meet US Vice President Mike Pence at next week's Munich Security Conference, her spokesman said Friday.

Rowhani says Iran will not tolerate threats on revolution anniversary

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani dubbed US President Donald Trump a "newcomer" and criticized US policy on Iran, saying his nation would not tolerate threats.

Trump tells Xi he'll respect 'One China' policy in first call

US President Donald Trump told China's Xi Jinping that he would respect the "One China" policy during the two leaders' first call since Trump's inauguration, the White House said late Thursday.

Court ruling upholds temporary halt to Trump travel ban

A US appeals court in San Francisco on Thursday unanimously rejected the US government's request to reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Trump blasts senator for airing Supreme Court pick's criticism

US President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at a Democratic senator who repeated criticisms by Trump's own Supreme Court nominee.

Financial Times: Rupert Murdoch attended Times/Bild Trump interview

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch attended a joint media interview with US President Donald Trump last month, despite photographs and video of the event showing only Trump and the two interviewers, the Financial Times (FT) reported Thursday.

Boris Johnson gives up US citizenship after "outrageous" tax bill

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has given up his US citizenship, according to a US Treasury document published on Thursday, two years after he settled an "outrageous" tax demand that he had earlier refused to pay.

China commends Trump for 'constructive relationship' message

China has commended US President Donald Trump for a letter he has sent President Xi Jinping anticipating a "constructive relationship" between the two countries, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

European nations hit back at Trump's anti-abortion measure

Four European nations will host an international meeting next month aimed at countering President Donald Trump's order that blocks US funding for charities that provide abortion-related services.

Trump attacks retailer Nordstrom for dropping daughter's designs

US department store chain Nordstrom treated Ivanka Trump unfairly by dropping her clothing collection, said US President Donald Trump Wednesday as he jumped to his daughter's defence.

Trump blasts 'disgraceful' arguments against immigration order

US President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that legal arguments being made against his policy to limit immigration and refugee arrivals were "disgraceful," even as a federal appeals court weighed the president's halted executive order.

Japan's own refugee controversy stops it from criticizing Trump's ban

US President Donald Trump's travel ban was met with stinging international criticism. But Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been silent, largely because Tokyo has done very little for refugees.

Dakota Access Pipeline construction to get go-ahead from US Army

Construction of a controversial oil pipeline in the US state of North Dakota appears more likely to go ahead as planned under the Trump administration, according to a court filing Tuesday.

Pence breaks tie on US education pick; fends off Democratic challenge

The US Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Donald Trump's choice for education secretary Tuesday, with Vice President Mike Pence casting an historic tie-breaking vote amid vocal Democratic opposition.

Irish court hears challenge to Facebook's EU data transfer to US

A case that could settle whether Facebook can continue to send EU citizens' data to the United States should be referred to the European Court of Justice, argued the Irish government Tuesday as deliberations began in the High Court in Dublin.

Bereaved British mother: daughter's death has no place on Trump list

A bereaved British mother on Tuesday accused US President Donald Trump of falsely claiming her daughter was killed by a terrorist, after Trump listed the murder as one of 78 "under-reported" terrorist attacks worldwide.

Malawi court allows Madonna to adopt twin girls, spokesman says

A Malawi court has given US pop star Madonna an initial permission to adopt twin girls from the southern African country, a spokesman for the judiciary said Tuesday.

German exporters: Global recession could be "inevitable" under Trump

The head of Germany's influential exporters' association lashed out on Tuesday at US President Donald Trump, describing him as obsessed with power, and saying he could trigger a global recession.

Kremlin says it's waiting, after O'Reilly joked about apology in 2023

The Kremlin said Tuesday that it is "very patient" and can wait another six years for Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly to apologize for insulting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Chinese Supreme Court judge says Trump is 'enemy of the rule of law'

A judge in China's Supreme Court, the country’s highest judicial body, has scolded US President Donald Trump for his disparaging remarks regarding a US judge who had opposed one of his executive orders.

Trump resumes NY Times attack after unflattering article

Donald Trump continued his attacks on the US media on Monday, singling out The New York Times, after the newspaper's coverage suggested that the new president is personally isolated inside an understaffed and inexperienced White House.

Trump vows "strong programmes" to vet immigrants

The US needs "strong programmes" to vet would-be immigrants and refugees, says President Donald Trump as a legal challenge to his executive order suspending the refugee programme and banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations winds its way through the courts.

Speaker opposes Trump speech in British parliament

The speaker of the British parliament's lower house, who chairs debates and hosts guests, on Monday said he opposes any speech in parliament by US President Donald Trump.

Croatian FM expects USA to keep supporting southeast Europe's stability

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Monday that he expected the United States to continue supporting the stability in the southeast of Europe and called on the European Union to play a more active role in that part of the continent.

Netanyahu discusses Iranian 'provocation' with Britain's May

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday spoke with his British counterpart Theresa May about Iranian "provocation," saying that he wanted to discuss "how we can ensure that Iran's aggression does not go unanswered."

States tell US court that restoring travel ban will 'unleash chaos'

The legal fight surrounding President Donald Trump's controversial immigration order resumed Monday, with two states telling an appeals court that restoring his travel ban would "unleash chaos."

Russia demands apology from Fox after O'Reilly calls Putin "killer"

The Kremlin demanded an apology from US television channel Fox News on Monday because well-known commentator Bill O'Reilly described Russian leader Vladimir Putin as a "killer" in a recent interview with US President Donald Trump.

Federal appeals court to review request to restore Trump's travel ban

The legal fight over President Donald Trump's travel ban resumes Monday when a US federal appeals court considers written arguments from both sides.

Trump expresses 'strong support for NATO' in call with Stoltenberg

US President Donald Trump expressed "strong support for NATO" and discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine in a Sunday telephone call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Trump says his respect for Putin doesn't mean they will get along

US President Donald Trump brushed off a description of Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "killer" and said Iran had "total disrespect for our country" in an interview broadcast Sunday.