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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hitler's travel phone up for auction in the US

The personal travel phone that once belonged to Adolf Hitler and which was taken from his Berlin bunker just days after the German capital fell in 1945 is currently up for sale at an auction house in the US.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Pence: Trump's travel ban is 'fully consistent' with US law

US Vice President Mike Pence is defending President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.

Court rejects Trump move to immediately restore suspended travel ban

A San Francisco court has rejected a motion by the US Justice Department to immediately reinstate US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban.

Trump defends Putin, says US has 'got a lot of killers'

US President Donald Trump has brushed off a description of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as a "killer," saying, "What do you think? Our country's so innocent?"

Trump slams ruling by 'so-called judge' who blocked his travel ban

US President Donald Trump on Saturday criticized a ruling by a Seattle federal judge who blocked his ban on travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, and vowed to have it overturned.

US military releases, then withdraws, old video of new raid in Yemen

The US military released a video meant to be from an operation in Yemen last month, but quickly withdrew it later Friday after realizing it was old footage already circulating on the internet.

Approval ratings for new US president worst ever, surveys say

Donald Trump has the worst approval rating of any US president at this point of their tenure, according to several surveys published Friday.

US judge temporarily blocks Trump travel ban; White House to appeal

A US federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's order banning refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country, in a major blow to the new administration.

Major US department store drops Ivanka Trump's fashion line

A major American department store chain said Friday it has dropped Ivanka Trump's clothing collection because of low sales.

Trump signs orders rolling back financial regulation

US President Donald Trump signed two orders Friday aimed at rolling back financial regulations put in place after the 2008 global financial crisis.

US hits Iran with sanctions over missile test

The US imposed fresh sanctions on Iran Friday in response to a ballistic missile test over the weekend as President Donald Trump signalled that his administration will take a tougher tone with Tehran.

Uber CEO pulls out of Trump's business council

The chief executive of Uber has backed out of a business advisory council set up by Donald Trump, a week after the new US president issued an immigration order that raised concerns for the ride-hailing company and its employees.

US Senate rolls back Obama water pollution rule

The US Senate voted Thursday to undo a rule approved under former president Barack Obama aimed at keeping coal mining waste out of waterways.

"Nothing's off the table" toward Iran, Trump says

US President Donald Trump made clear Thursday that military action was not "off the table" after the White House warned Tehran over its weekend missile launch.

US modifies Russia sanctions to allow technology sales

The US tweaked sanctions with Russia on Thursday to allow the sale of some technology that had been impacted by measures taken against Moscow over its alleged election-related hacking.

Trump disappointed in "dumb" Australian refugee agreement

President Donald Trump is "unbelievably disappointed" in a deal struck with Australia to take hundreds of refugees from Australian-run detention facilities, the White House said Thursday, after Trump slammed the agreement as "dumb."

Tillerson reaches out to disgruntled State Department employees

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to smooth tensions with diplomats concerned about the policies of President Donald Trump as he took the helm at the State Department Thursday.

'Pray for Arnold' on Apprentice ratings, Trump tells prayer breakfast

US President Donald Trump told thousands gathered for a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington that they should pray for former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has taken over Trump's television show The Celebrity Apprentice.

Trump slams 'dumb deal' with Australia on refugee resettlement

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed what he called a "dumb deal" with Australia to take hundreds of refugees from Australian-run detention facilities on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

Former ExxonMobile chief Tillerson confirmed as US secretary of state

The US Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson Wednesday as President Donald Trump's secretary of state.

White House puts Iran "on notice" over ballistic missile test

The White House had tough words for Iran on Wednesday over a recent ballistic missile test, calling the move a provocation and a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Fed leaves benchmark US interest rate unchanged

The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday amid slowing fourth-quarter growth and a recent uptick in unemployment in the United States.

Trump picks conservative Gorsuch for Supreme Court

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday chose Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to fill a seat on the US Supreme Court that has been vacant for nearly a year.

Trump spells out cybersecurity order, but doesn't sign it

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday outlined an executive order aimed at strengthening the cybersecurity of government and private-sector computer networks.

Under-fire White House seeks to clarify refugee ban

The United States will admit 872 refugees this week despite an executive order by President Donald Trump halting the US refugee programme and banning most travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations.

Trump fires acting attorney general as opposition to travel ban grows

US President Donald Trump wasted little time Monday in removing the acting attorney general from office after she said she would not defend his executive order on immigration in court.

Acting attorney general says she won't defend Trump's travel ban

The acting US attorney general says the Department of Justice will not defend US President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.

Trump firm on travel ban amid broad criticism, continued protests

The White House held firm Monday to its position that a temporary travel ban aimed at blocking potential terrorists from entering the country has been good for the security of the country despite criticism and continued pressure to walk it back.

White House aware of Iran ballistic missile test

The White House is aware that Iran conducted a ballistic missile test over the weekend, but had no response to the launch, spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday.

Trump order on regulation: For every new one, two must be eliminated

US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order aimed at paring government regulations to help businesses, especially small ones.

Trump reminds the world: Travel ban was 'big part of my campaign'

US President Donald Trump said Monday there had been very few problems with the implementation of his travel ban while reminding the world that it was "a big part of my campaign."

Trump, King Salman discuss Saudi counter-terrorism proposal

US President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman discussed Sunday an invitation from the king for Trump to lead a Middle East effort to defeat terrorism and help build a new future for Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, the White House said Sunday.

Protesters at US airports, cities decry Trump order

Protests against US President Donald Trump's immigration order were held Sunday at several major US airports and in some cities, including many sparked by news of travellers being detained.

US Homeland Security: No change to Trump immigration ban

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Sunday said it would continue to enforce a ban on people arriving from certain Muslim-majority countries, despite a federal judge's order placing a hold on the controversial measures.

Trump's travel ban sparks protests across US in tumultuous first week

President Donald Trump was facing a weekend of nationwide protests after signing an executive order to suspend refugee admissions and ban citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

US court ruling suspends Trump order, halts deportations

A US judge on Saturday granted an emergency stay against US President Donald Trump's order banning refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country.

Trump gives military 30 days to devise new plan against IS

US president Donald Trump has called on his country's military to submit a new plan to defeat Islamic State, in a presidential memorandum issued on Saturday.

New Trump orders call for vetting immigrants, rebuilding military

US President Donald Trump on Friday signed two executive orders aimed at keeping radical Islamic terrorists out of the country and rebuilding the US military.

Britain's May says Trump shares '100-per-cent' backing for NATO

US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May made cooperation on security and their "unshakable" commitment to NATO top agenda items in their first face-to-face meeting at the White House.

Trump to take new defence chief's advice against "torture"

US President Donald Trump reiterated Friday that he believes torture is effective but won't order use of harsh interrogation methods, citing new Defence Secretary James Mattis' opposition.

'Life is winning again in America' Pence tells anti-abortion march

The pro-life movement in the United States has been re-energized by the election of Donald Trump, US Vice President Mike Pence said Friday.

US growth slowed in fourth quarter to annual pace of 1.9 per cent

The US economy grew in the October-December quarter at an annual pace of 1.9 per cent, slowing sharply from the third quarter of 2016 due in part to a decline in exports and surging imports, according to the Commerce Department's initial estimate.

Trump and Putin to talk by phone on Saturday, Kremlin says

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin plan to talk by phone on Saturday, the Kremlin confirmed.

Britain, US could 'lead together' again, May says

The United States and Britain have the responsibility to renew their "special relationship" for a new era and could "lead together" again, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday.

Trump to seek tax on Mexican imports to pay for border wall

US President Donald Trump supports a "means to tax imports" from Mexico to pay for his planned wall along the southern US border, the White House said Thursday, after a planned meeting with his Mexican counterpart was called off.

Trump to fellow Republicans: Power to be returned to American people

US President Donald Trump said Thursday ordinary people will benefit most from his policies.

Scientists move 'doomsday clock' closer to midnight

US President Donald Trump's "ill-considered" comments about expanding the US nuclear arsenal are among the reasons a group of nuclear scientists on Thursday moved their symbolic doomsday clock 30 seconds closer to midnight.

Trump threatens to cancel meeting with Mexican president

US President Donald Trump on Thursday threw a scheduled meeting next week into doubt over Mexico's opposition to his planned wall along their shared border.

Mexican president condemns Trump's border wall order

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto late Wednesday slammed his US counterpart Donald Trump's decision to order a barrier to be built along the length of the Mexican border.

US congresswoman meets with Assad

Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on Wednesday said she met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on a recent fact-finding trip to the region.

White House denies torture, "black site" prisons proposal

The White House denied Wednesday that it was considering ordering a review of US interrogation policies of terrorist suspects and the use of CIA "black site" prisons.

Trump signs order to begin border wall construction

US President Donald Trump signed an order Wednesday to push forward the construction of a wall along the Mexican border as he advances his campaign pledges to crack down on illegal immigration.

Trump vows investigation of "voter fraud"

US President Donald Trump, who has levied unsubstantiated allegations of millions of illegal votes in the November elections, promised Wednesday to launch a probe into the issue.

Trump expected to order building of Mexican border wall

US President Donald Trump is expected to order the building of a wall along the Mexican border on Wednesday, fulfilling one of his key campaign pledges.

Trump stands by unsubstantiated claim that millions voted illegally

Donald Trump stands by his belief that millions of people voted illegally in the November elections that made him president, despite a lack of evidence to support the claim.

Trump moves to advance construction of controversial US pipelines

US President Donald Trump signed presidential memoranda Tuesday to advance construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada into the United States and the Dakota Access pipeline.

Trump meets with US carmakers to push for jobs

US President Donald Trump met with US carmakers Tuesday, part of his effort to pressure the manufacturers to build their products for the US market inside that country.

Trump Organization: President has no more role in businesses

Newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump, a New York-based real estate mogul and investor, has relinquished all involvement in his businesses, The Trump Organization said Monday.

Trump talks military aid with Egypt's al-Sissi

US President Donald Trump told Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi Monday that the new US administration is committed to deepening cooperation with Cairo on fighting terrorism.

Trump cancels Pacific trade deal, predicts "wave" of US manufacturing

The United States is withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, according to an executive order issued by US President Donald Trump on Monday.

Lawsuit accuses Trump of violating Constitution with foreign business

Newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump's failure to fully divest from his businesses is allowing him to illegally profit from foreign government, alleged a non-governmental watchdog group as it filed a lawsuit Monday.